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About 100 Paine College students watch presidential debate

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Local college students watching the presidential debate listened intently to the candidates’ plans for the nation’s financial stability, especially lowering college tuition costs.

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Paine College students, faculty and staff gathered to watch Wednesday's presidential debate.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Paine College students, faculty and staff gathered to watch Wednesday's presidential debate.

Paine College junior Ashley Taylor, of Atlanta, said she’s not confident in economic plans presented by Obama or Romney. “Neither candidate really has a good idea of what to do to get us out of this debt,” she said.

She doesn’t believe in the president’s promise to keep college tuition low. She called Romney’s plan to cut taxes for one group of Americans and not another “mythical.”

About 100 Paine College students gathered in the Peters Campus Center to watch the debate Wednesday night.

Tekeya Peterson, a junior who receives financial aid for school, said she is researching what the candidates are offering to keep school affordable.

“We need to be mindful of what each candidate is trying to say and research what each are trying to bring to students,” she said.

The candidates’ debate style and demeanors also were helping solidify Peterson’s vote. Romney’s assertiveness was contrasted by Obama’s sense of humor, she said.

Wesley Fulton, a senior from Florence, S.C., said each candidate had strong reasoning to support their approaches to the Medicare issue, but he agreed more with Obama.

Health care costs should be kept as low as possible for seniors, Fulton said. The issue was an important debate topic personally because his grandmother uses Medicare.

Sean Anderson, a freshman, was watching the debate because he wants to be informed the first time he exercises his right to vote. Romney’s ideas on education were convincing, but Obama was more specific on lowering college costs, Anderson said.

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useful
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useful 10/04/12 - 05:56 am
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Why am I not surprised that

Why am I not surprised that Paine collage students would pick Obama over Romney because of Obama sense of humor?

justputtin
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justputtin 10/04/12 - 07:06 am
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Wow

We have a black president even though the general population is 13.1% black according to u.s. census in 2011. The black population will vote for Obama with few exceptions. Obviously white America voted for their choice of candidate, regardless of race or he would have lost. Who is open minded here? Who gets accused of being racist? Pretty obvious.....

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mikesaul 10/04/12 - 07:46 am
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"She called Romney’s plan to

"She called Romney’s plan to cut taxes for one group of Americans and not another “mythical.”"

You CAN'T cut taxes for people who, by and large, pay no taxes!

And as far as keeping healthcare costs low for seniors, get all the free-loaders (those that CAN work but choose NOT to work in order to maximize their welfare payouts and EIC) off the dole, and there would be more than enough funding to ensure that "Health care costs (would) be kept as low as possible for seniors"!

Why do people find it so hard to understand. Obamacare is already making healthcare costs rise. But for those that pay none of their own healthcare costs because they get it for free from the gov't, they will still pay none...everyone else will be paying more!

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Grandpa Jones 10/04/12 - 08:02 am
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Interesting that after the

Interesting that after the Civil War, the Republican party had the southern black vote solidly in their "back pockets." Don't quote me on it but I think the Ga Republican party was formed in a black church here in Augusta. Throughout the years, I think it was the Republican party who decided to desert the black voter and not vice versa.

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Retired Army 10/04/12 - 08:05 am
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JRC2024
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JRC2024 10/04/12 - 08:56 am
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To the college students.

To the college students. While in college you are mostly liberal because of the teachers and their socialistic ideas. No country has ever done well for long under a socialistic government. It sounds nice but is self defeating when everyone looks to those that work to take care of them. Worry about what you will do after college and the amound of income that you will have left after the tax bill. Our form of government is the best that has ever been and as they say "The cream rises to the top" Be part of the cream and not the one with your hand out. With that attitude you will never get to the top. Everyone can't have a white collar job, alot will have blue collar jobs but pick a vocation where people need what you do and do it good. Work for the "man" if you must or start your own business and be dedicated to it no matter what the time or day your services are needed. People will see what you do and what you are and will seek you out.
Do not wait on the government check that will get you no where but dependent. I say this because I know and have been where you are and know the decisions you will have to make. MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS AND PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE AND YOU WILL BE FINE.

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OpenCurtain 10/04/12 - 09:42 am
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Encouraged

I am encouraged to see some college students have the courage to speak their minds even if their opinion differs from the campus norm.

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allhans 10/04/12 - 10:00 am
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It takes courage to speak

It takes courage to speak out?

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HEYIMREAL56 10/04/12 - 10:09 am
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Yes it takes courage to speak out...

In this day and age, it does take courage to speak out... a lot of young people are scared to speak their mind because they're afraid of what others will think about them or how they'll be criticized. So, yes.. of course it takes courage.

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kiwiinamerica 10/04/12 - 11:04 am
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Did they enjoy watching Obama get taken to school by Romney?

As Dennis Miller said, "Is getting your butt kicked covered under Obamacare?"

HEYIMREAL56
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HEYIMREAL56 10/04/12 - 11:09 am
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Students are not being biased...

It's clear in this article that the students are not being biased. Tekeya Peterson even said she's listening to BOTH sides. Actually, Mitt has a great sense of humor as well, last night; more than Obama. She never stated she was voting for Obama or Romney. She was highlighting their debating sytles. We as a society should Stop being so quick to judge and take the time out to actually read what is said, rather than create our own interpretations.

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Little Lamb 10/04/12 - 11:49 am
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Specific

From the story:

Romney’s ideas on education were convincing, but Obama was more specific on lowering college costs, freshman Sean Anderson said.

I did not watch the debate. Can anyone tell me what specific ideas Obama offered up regarding lowering college costs? Especially difficult I would think would be for the federal government to lower costs at a privately-owned, religiously-affiliated college.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/04/12 - 01:13 pm
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Transcript

Well, I found the transcript on the NPR web site. I scanned the whole thing (didn't read every word, but looked at every paragraph). Here's what Obama said about college costs:

Well, let me talk specifically about what I think we need to do. First, we've got to improve our education system. And we've made enormous progress drawing on ideas both from Democrats and Republicans that are already starting to show gains in some of the toughest-to- deal-with schools. We've got a program called Race to the Top that has prompted reforms in 46 states around the country, raising standards, improving how we train teachers. So now I want to hire another hundred thousand new math and science teachers and create 2 million more slots in our community colleges so that people can get trained for the jobs that are out there right now. And I want to make sure that we keep tuition low for our young people.

That's it!

If that impressed Mr. Anderson, I am fearful for our future.

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HEYIMREAL56 10/04/12 - 02:25 pm
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Little Lamb...

I belive Mr. Anderson was speaking about his overall stance, not just the debate. And besides, he's only 17/18 anyway. There are much more things going on with our youth to be fearful simply because of one comment about a Presidential Debate. At least, he's interested which is more than I can say about a lot of young people these days, if you know what I mean.

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