First Time Voters Weigh in on Debate

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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Tonight, the nation will have its first look at the presidential candidates head to head.

In the first of three debates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will tackle domestic policy.

Young first time voters say they'll be keeping a close eye on tonight's debate, to help them make an educated first decision.

Connor downing has strong opinions on what he'd like to see discussed in tonights debate.

"The pro-abortion thing, I want to see them talk about gay rights, also the tax issue," said Mulvane High School Sophomore Connor Downing.

But no matter how strong he feels on these issues, he won't have a say in the upcoming election...

He's too young to participate. .

"I'm a little disappointed, I feel that I have pretty strong opinions," Downing said.

But for many other high school seniors, this election provides their first opportunity to cast a vote.

"I'm excited, ya I just turned eighteen, and being able to vote sounds really, fun, important, and fun," said West High School Seniors Keosha and Neosha Fletcher.

"It's my first year to vote, and I'm tired of not being able to complain about the President because I didn't vote for him," said Maize High School Senior Patrick Hunter.

To learn more about both candidates, many of the new voters will be tuning in to tonight's debate.

"Mitt Romney has a lot of questions that still need to be answered so I'm really looking forward to the debate tonight because there's questions that I have," said Maize High School Senior Monica Avelos.

"Like, I want to see like what they're going to do for education, because I mean Obama hasn't really touched base on that, and I kind of want to see how Romney just handles himself period from some of the comments that he has made in his recent past," said Clearwater High School Senior Cedrik Tresner.

Going into tonight, the race is tight, with Obama holding a slight lead.

But these first time voters feel that the debate could shake up the standings.

"For Romney to come on top, I think he needs to relate more to the people and not just to the upperclassmen I guess, to the upper class people," Tresner said.

This debate is a critical point in the election, that many young eyes will be watching closely.

"I'm just anxious to see what happens," Hunter said.

According to a recent ABC News Washington Post poll, 56 percent of Americans expect the President to win the debates.

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