Students gather in CMI for final debate viewing

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A crowd of about 50 students and community members gathered at the Center for Media Innovation (CMI) Wednesday, exactly 20 days before Election Day, as they came together to watch the third and final presidential debate.

The attendees assembled in the CMI to illuminate each candidate’s views on the six topics of debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign hot spots and fitness to be present.

The 90-minute debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took place at the University of Nevada.

Ashley Murray, graduate assistant at the CMI, organized the second and third debate watch parties.

“I really want students to think about what the candidates are saying in this debate,” Murray said.

Dr. Tim Hudson, a professor in the School of Communication, spoke before the debate explaining the job of the moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News. Hudson also talked about how the candidates would discuss foreign hot spots and foreign policy.

When the debate began, one of the discussions pertained to WikiLeaks releasing Clinton’s emails. WikiLeaks is a non-profit organization that publishes leaked information from anonymous sources.

Allegations of sexual harassment and assault were again brought up against Trump in the third debate. Freshman broadcast reporting major Ashley Morris is a registered Republican, but said she is still undecided.

Another talking point in the debate was the economy. Troy Potter, an MBA student with a concentration in global management, is voting for Trump in this election.

“Trump is the only candidate that said he’s going to put money into inner cities,” Potter said. “If our country keeps growing at a one percent growth rate, we will soon not be able to afford the safety nets we have.”

Brandon Cross, a junior broadcast production major, thought both candidates knew exactly what they were talking about.

“Trump did a really good job at showing what he really knows to a point, and Hillary should know what she was talking about, given that she was the former Secretary of State,” Cross said.

Gabriel Dubin, senior accounting and intelligence and national security double major, was looking for the candidates to discuss foreign issues.

“I was happy that they went into more specifics about their foreign policy, their views on the retaking of Mosul and that they expanded more on foreign policy in the Middle East,” Dubin said.

The candidates did not shake hands after the debate.

According to RealClearPolitics’ national poll average, Clinton is in the lead at 44.9 percent. Trump is trailing at 39.9 percent, with third party candidates Johnson polling at just under 6 percent and Jill Stein at 2.3 percent.

For students who registered to vote with their Point Park address, their polling station at Epiphany Church beside PPG Paints Arena in Uptown opens at 7 a.m. on Election Day.

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