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Stockton Students Sound Off on Debate

More than 60 students turned out for Monday night's final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

With more than 60 people in one room watching a presidential debate on foreign policy, there was bound to be strong opinions and disagreement. Some people were even angry with themselves.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Senate hosted a viewing party for the third and final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney Monday night, Oct. 22. The subject was foreign policy, but the candidates debated a little bit of everything.

The 62 students and community members who gathered walked away with strong opinions, and in some cases, those opinions were different than when they walked into the Campus Center Event Room.

Evan Yeung, a sophomore and a Political Science major, felt Romney contradicted himself, and was not as polished as Obama was on the subject of foreign policy, but it’s the candidates’ economic policies that concerned him the most.

“Foreign policy is not my area of expertise, but I felt Romney lacked in most areas,” Yeung said. “ … Obama will not help the economy.”

Yeung, who describes himself as a conservative-leaning independent, felt Obama’s policies give no incentive for people to work hard.

Monday’s debate was the first one he’d heard about on campus.

“I’m leaning 90 percent one way, but I have to go back and watch the other two debates,” said Patricia Jean-Gilles, a senior majoring in biology. “I’ve been trying to keep up with what’s going on, but I missed the first two debates because I had things to do for classes.”

Monday’s debate was the first she was able to attend, but she said she’s been keeping up with events politically, and will be voting early because she will be volunteering at the polls come election day.

“The ballot is on my dresser,” she said.

Zach Roeioo is one student who has been swayed by the debates.

“I’m not a Democrat, and the fact that I’m thinking about voting for Obama (is making me mad),” said Roeioo, a sophomore business administration major.

Most of the applause and cheering throughout the debate came from a select few, and was reserved for Obama, particularly when Obama’s comments about the country no longer using horses and bayonets during wartime, and his comments concerning the auto industry.

Stockton Democratic Club Vice President felt Monday night’s debate was a good start for the Senate's Political Awareness Week effort.

“We tried hard to get people to come out and I think we were successful,” said Alexander, a senior majoring in business management. “We still have the whole week to go.”

NJarhead October 25, 2012 at 03:33 PM
The rich don't live "high on the hog" because they've taken any advantage of you. When the POTUS first says, "We want the wealthy to play by the rules" and then a short time later states that "we want the rich to give just a little bit more," I ask, well which is it? I'll tell you what it is; it's we want the rich to be okay with us changing the rules as we go, thus using them as ATMs. I'm not rich. No where near it. But I'll tell you one thing, I'd be pretty upset if the POTUS asked me to pay MORE than my fair share just because "I have it." That's a load of garbage right there.
Menendez & Corzine Perfect Together October 25, 2012 at 03:50 PM
According to IRS stats, top 10% earners making over 112k pay 71% of all federal income taxes.....now in NJ, we all know there are lots of cops and teachers and government employees who make that. They are rich didn't you know. Only liberals can somehow claim that 10% paying 71% IS NOT FAIR They have to hide behind class warfare because admitting they borrow the money to give out would be political suicide. They need to deflect from the facts because the facts do not support them. It's easier to pretend the debt doesn't matter when you are saying we want to protect Medicare....OK, that's great. I want to protect Medicare but Medicare has an annual shortfall of $500 Billion a year......we ain't protecting Medicare. We are lying about Medicare to win votes.
Chris Welch October 25, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Beating us in healthcare. Ha, that's funny. Been to China ( on a healthcare mission). Didn't notice anything different about how people got along over there. What do you know about healthcare in the USA and the world at large ? Anything beyond the propoganda you're fed by MSM ?
Mitch Cumstein October 25, 2012 at 04:43 PM
2009 Tax Payments from IRS below Who Pays Income Taxes? Who Pays Income Taxes and How Much? Tax Year 2009 Percentiles Ranked by AGI AGI Threshold on Percentiles Percentage of Federal Personal Income Tax Paid Top 1% $343,927 36.73 Top 5% $154,643 58.66 Top 10% $112,124 70.47 Top 25% $66,193 87.30 Top 50% $32,396 97.75 Bottom 50% <$32,396 2.25 Note: AGI is Adjusted Gross Income Source: Internal Revenue Service
John Jay October 25, 2012 at 05:36 PM
George Clark - if the seas are going to rise, why did Al Gore buy a multi-million dollar mansion ON THE BEACH???? (see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/17/photos-al-goree-new-8875_n_579286.html#s91230) HA-HA-HA--HA-HA--HA-HA--HA-HA--HA-HA--HA-HA--HA-HA-!!!! RE: "George Clark 11:14 am on Thursday, October 25, 2012 Think global warming is a myth like big oil's been feeding you? lol. better sell your homes cause the seas are gonna rise fast now. make your next one a boat house. lol. shalom"
John Jay October 25, 2012 at 05:37 PM
George Clark - if the seas are going to rise, why did Al Gore buy a multi-million dollar mansion ON THE BEACH???? (see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/17/photos-al-goree-new-8875_n_579286.html#s91230) HA-HA-HA--HA-HA--HA-HA--HA-HA--HA-HA--HA-HA--HA-HA-!!!! RE: "George Clark 11:14 am on Thursday, October 25, 2012 Think global warming is a myth like big oil's been feeding you? lol. better sell your homes cause the seas are gonna rise fast now. make your next one a boat house. lol. shalom"
George Clark October 25, 2012 at 06:36 PM
john jay and others, pull into your garage and turn the car on. hang out a few hours and let me know how that works out for you. That's exactly what we are doing globally so a few that killed into control of the oil can get filthy rich as we let them destroy the world's enviroment. science tells the truth but fox foxes you out of it. i know you can go on with their propaganda but the facts are right outside your window. and in greenland and the artic glaciers melting etc. etc.. but you are frogs in the pot and are slowly being boiled. I hear you taste like chicken but the idea of being a frog like you toads makes me sick. Hey welch, i know that all other countries have gone the way of everybody being covered lowering costs through collective buying and cutting costs by doing away with insurance middle men getting rich pushing papers and death paneling people already. i've seen that first hand. your a bunch of cannibals and your eating yourselves alive. bombappetite enjoy
Menendez & Corzine Perfect Together October 25, 2012 at 06:43 PM
More classic left wing nut bag comments..........ever notice how the left pretends to be PC but they are always name calling, threatening telling others to kill themselves.....and we wonder who the problems are....... never a fact or answer just gimmee gimmee gimmmeeeeeeeeee the debt only sucks when a R spends it on exactly the same stuff. George seek counseling and grow up. You and Obama are LOSERS!!!!
George Clark October 25, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Hey Cumstein, go over the percentages the have compared to population as well. Don't give half the facts and say it's the truth. dah. We got tricked into playing an evil game and we're gonna pay dearly as we always have in the end of these empires. Don't ever go back to pyramid schemes please. if any are left don't look back or get tricked into turning back to these dying ways.
Menendez & Corzine Perfect Together October 25, 2012 at 06:45 PM
The left has lost!!!!!! Run on your record you failures!!!!!
George Clark October 25, 2012 at 06:49 PM
funny i don't hear them complaining as loudly as the super wealthy like koch brothers and trump. why is that?
Menendez & Corzine Perfect Together October 25, 2012 at 07:08 PM
http://www.usdebtclock.org/ All that matters George. Get all the rich D's to pony up their fair share!
Chris Welch October 25, 2012 at 07:24 PM
"Hey welch, i know that all other countries have gone the way of everybody being covered lowering costs through collective buying and cutting costs by doing away with insurance middle men getting rich pushing papers and death paneling people already. i've seen that first hand. your a bunch of cannibals and your eating yourselves alive. bombappetite enjoy" So in other words you know nothing. It's what I figured. Not sure why I wasted time asking a question of someone that posts so much garbage.
Menendez & Corzine Perfect Together October 25, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Mr. Teleprompter is at it again!!! Made in China!!! TOO FUNNY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuVOBSwNWbE&feature=player_embedded Tell us Mr. Obama Failure, how did Solyndra and A123 turn out?? Isn't it true the Chevy volt made by Government Motors BUYS ITS BATTERIES FROM SOUTH KOREA??? Geez Lousie.....even GM wasn't buying batteries from A123????? What gives
George Clark October 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM
just like romney he gives no answers and thinks "attacking me for being wreckless, wrong, vague, fake, lying etc. isn't an agenda". menendez and welch, you lost the debate cause you never even try to answer just post fox propaganda. I feel sorry for those that follow fox as their religion. I saw in history how they bought everything the furher yell at them too. orielly doesn't know how the tides word. they finally had to pull beck. hannity is a joke. they give half quotes, misquotes and just plain lies. you guys gotta watch commedy central to see what a mockery they and those that listen to fox are being made of and rightfully so. They scare you and you bend like limp noodles in their hands. lol.
Menendez & Corzine Perfect Together October 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Blah blah blah.....excuses and lies and failure. The key to being a Democrat. Obama could be the dumbest man alive. Certainly the biggest fraud. Worst than Carter by miles. What did you expect from a phony community organizer who never had a real job.
Trish October 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Menendez&Corzine Perfect Together, Blah blah blah....Excuses and lies and failure. The key to being a Republican. There is plenty of dumb...Republican's too. Fraud and Fakes by miles. Please....Look in the mirror, the phony republican's is no better.
Menendez & Corzine Perfect Together October 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM
So you admit Obama sucks!!! Thanks
Trish October 25, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Menedez...I admitted nothing...Read it again! DUH....They All Suck!!
Menendez & Corzine Perfect Together October 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Right Obama Sucks! Got it!
Chris Welch October 26, 2012 at 02:31 AM
"welch, you lost the debate cause you never even try to answer just post fox propaganda." You asked if anyone has ever gone to China. I told you I did, for medical work. Would you like me to post pictures ? You've got to be one of the dumbest people I've ever had the displeasure of communicating with online.
Rick October 26, 2012 at 07:11 AM
Do you mean people like Bill Gates, Warren Gates and George Soros got rich by being dishonest? Shame on them. Does the same thought apply to John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, Frank Lautenberg, Bill Clinton and Barack H. Obama?
Rick October 26, 2012 at 07:22 AM
When Obama extended the tax cuts, both houses of Congress had a Democrat majority. Remember Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid?
Rick October 26, 2012 at 07:37 AM
Everyone is talking about Obamacare as healthcare. It has nothing to do with medical care and everything to do with medical billing. The U S of A has the best health CARE as far as medical procedures and treatments are concerned. People who can afford the trip or can get a mercy trip come here for complex treatments. You rarely hear of someone here going to Europe or Asia because doctors can't treat them here.
Trish October 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Menedez, Just a bit slow...Rick...Sure, keep believing that!
Rick October 26, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Trish, Obamacare hasn't provided for additional doctors, nurses or other medical professionals, but it has provided for somewhere around 12,000 added IRS agents to enforce the new rules.
Nancy VanTwistern October 30, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Ah, George, so glad you mentioned the 'Manchurian Candidate".....sure is Romney. NO President is perfect at all..........they are human beings........but I have serious doubts about Romney as he waffles too much and has old fashioned ideas about women. Isn't it better to stay w the man you know instead of taking a chance on someone who 'waffles and changes his mind too much"?
Nancy VanTwistern October 30, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Gio.......certainly that has been my 'complaint' many times........but, there are much more on the dole that really need it.........like many elderly. Those who make a career of 'baby making' surely burn my hide!! AND there are those...but I would bet in the minority??????
Nancy VanTwistern October 30, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I was just wondering how many in the House and Senate are 'wealthy' or 'rich' or whatever you call it AND wondering if they forgo taking their salary and many many benefits (that we don't get) they receive??? If they were wealthy and really thinking about the 'people' wouldn't they forgo the salary? How about Romney?? What will/would he do if elected??? Some are just ()*(&* hypocrites..........
Haywood Jeblomie October 30, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Nancy why don't you email Menendez and Lautenberg and Obama and ask them? Romney gives like $4 million a year to charity so get off your soap box.....how many people does that $4 million help? Guess what Obama is giving out for trick or treat??? Free money borrowed from china!

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