Students weigh in on upcoming debate


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The presidential election is nearly a month away. This Sunday at 9 p.m. the second presidential debate will be hosted at St. Louis. You can watch the debate at WTHI-TV.

To preview this event, News 10 went to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to talk to students and staff about their expectations on the upcoming debate.

Political Science Professor Terrance Casey is having an interesting year teaching his students about the presidential election.

“For the most part, most of my students are turned off from the process. They’re not grasping onto the campaigns,” said Casey. “For example, I’m doing mock debates in my class and most people wanted to be a part of the media instead of the campaign.”

He even begins to laugh as we ask him about his expectations for the upcoming debate.

“I have completely given up predicting anything about this election cycle,” said Casey.

This wasn’t the only laugh we received today when asking about the current political scene.

“It’s just a mess. It’s kind of what you just continue on with a messy democracy like we have been,” said Rose-Hulman sophomore Thaddeus Hughes.

The attention on the campaign has shifted to this Sunday’s debate. It will be a town hall format, where audience members ask the candidates questions.

Some students at Rose-Hulman aren’t watching the presidential debates because they feel a disconnect with the candidates. In fact, when we asked some students who they plan to vote for not one student we talked to supported Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

“I’m kind of looking at Gary Johnson, personally,” said Hughes.

“I’m voting for neither. Most people I know support neither candidate,” said freshman Akahksha Chattopadhyey.

“A lot of people think that our top two party candidates aren’t very good. I’ve noticed there are a lot of negative comments about both of them,” said freshman Jessica Mills.

“The reality is we have two candidates who many people don’t like whether you’re older or younger,” said Casey. “So they’re not particularly attracted to them.”

With many unsatisfied voters, candidates will be fighting for votes on Sunday in hopes of clinching the victory this November 8.