Local watch parties bring together Obama and Romney supporters

The anticipation for the presidential debate was not in short supply in Michiana.

People began trickling into the IU South Bend Community Building at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday to get a prime spot to watch the candidates go head to head for the first time. All eyes were on the large screen television when the two men took the stage.

While many in attendance share the label of student, their political preferences are another story. Obama supporters sat next to some supporting Romney, and gauged the reaction of the crowd after every question.

"Both candidates are sort of just going at each other and just not stopping," said Obama supporter Jessica Williams. "They are just getting their points across. I admire it. They want to do what they want to do."

And, the students were not just watching the debate - they were analyzing each part of it. Event organizers had special worksheets available that allowed people to breakdown the answers and each candidate's approach.

"I believe they have done a lot of preparation on the whole thing," said Romney supporter Alex Korenstra, "Still, they don't know the questions. It is kind of back and forth. They really have to stand true to their message."


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