Dozens of students gathered in Hickory Hall on campus at Mansfield University to watch the first presidential debate on Monday night.
While students were watching the debate they also could register to vote. There were times during the debate there was so much laughter among students that it sounded like they were watching a comedy rather a debate.
Mansfield University Political Science Professor Dr. Jonathan Rothermel said a lot of students were more excited for this debate than others in the past.
“I think it’s great to see the turn out that we had tonight,” Rothermel said.
“Unfortunately, it would be great if students would get more educated,” Rothermel said. “I think tonight they were clearly entertained, but this first debate is typically the start of the presidential season I think. Particularly among young people, I think they’ll start paying a lot more attention now that we have this first debate under our belt.”
Rothermel said he’s proud of the students who took the time to watch the debate.
“I mean we keep on emphasizing this debate is so important for their future and you know for many of them this is the first time that they’re voting, ” Rothermel said. “So I think getting here getting to know the candidates is something we need to make these informed decisions.”
The next presidential debate is scheduled for Oct. 9.