ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Some 400 Saint Louis University Students gathered on campus to watch Tuesday’s Presidential Debate. The watch party was co-sponsored by the university’s political science and communications departments.
“One thing that’s important to me is trying to engage individuals more in politics,” said Assistant Political Science Professor Steven Rogers.
Supporters of each candidates expressed pleasure with the way their candidate performed.
“She obviously came prepared. She knows here stuff,” said Joy Kudia, president of the Campus College Democrats.
Kudia believed Clinton displayed just the right amount of wit in order to deflect attacks from Tump.
Andrew Volz is a Trump supporter who felt his candidate performed with just the right temperament. He also believed Trump scored points with answers about issues related to the African-American community.
“Saying we need law and order to protect the communities, I would see that resonating with undecided voters who fell the same way,” said Volz.
Hillary Clinton supporter Briana Barnett believed undecided voters who watched the debate would favor Clinton over Trump. She disagreed with Volz’s assessment of how Trump handled questions about African-American issues.
“He doesn’t really understand the issues of the African-Americans,” said Barnett. “I just didn’t get much information from him.”
Some of the undecided voters were leaning to toward voting for a 3rd party candidate.
“I was definitely on the fence before the debate,” said Dylan McClosky, president of Campus College Republicans. He said the debate pushed him in the direction of voting for Trump.