Presidential Debate Watch Party at UMD, Students React

By KBJR News 1

October 3, 2012 Updated Oct 3, 2012 at 10:27 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - With the first round of sparring over between the candidates, political analysts are looking at whether either candidate will gain traction in the race to the White House.

We caught up with some Northlanders after the debate, who attended a watch party that was mainly Obama supporters.

The event was hosted by Organizing For America at the UMD campus.

Senator Amy Klobuchar was part of the action as well and spoke to the crowd of about 150 students and community members.

Being a crowd of President Obama supporters, there were many cheers for the president throughout the debate.

Students I spoke to said they felt while both candidates seemed fired-up, Mitt Romney was more aggressive in getting the last word.

Students played a significant role in President Obama's initial election and students said they feel in this election, that energy hasn't showed-up as quickly.

"It's good to see people excited for Obama again cause a lot of that has died down since the last election but it's, I think it's building back up again," said Kendra Kynberg, a student.

"The closer and closer it's getting, the more and more everybody's just getting way more excited and I think it's getting to a point where it's almost, if not more exciting for students than it was in 2008," said Ben Dufault, another UMD student.

Two more debates are planned before the November 6th election.

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