Students Hold Mock Presidential Debate

October 26, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Members of University of Mount Union student media hosted a mock presidential debate on Wednesday, October 24.

Moderators asked questions concerning the topics of foreign policy, healthcare, character, the economy and social issues. Moderators included senior public relations major Chris Cugini, of Canton, OH, editor of The Dynamo; junior media studies major Reita Silvis of Garrettsville, Ohio; representing Studio M and senior public relations major Kelsey Tomlinson of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, WRMU director.

Representing the Republicans were senior political science major Tyler Anderson of Avon, OH and senior information systems major Nick Howley of Columbiana, OH and representing the Democrats were senior philosophy and political science major Greg Djordjevic of Avon Lake, OH and senior history major Marilyn Miller of Amherst, OH.

A question asked by the moderator that produced much debate was, “What is your candidate’s outline with taxes?” Djordevic and Miller stated that Obama wants to put higher taxes on the higher class and cut taxes for the struggling middle class. Anderson and Howley, for the Republicans, rebutted that Obama wants to put heavy taxes on small businesses as well; therefore forcing businesses to lay people off due to the heavier taxes. Democrats argued that it wouldn’t make that much of a difference to business owners.

Healthcare and Medicare were also hot topics of debate. Republicans pointed out that 30 percent of private practices are going under due to Obama Care, but the Democrats argued that before Obama Care, many states only had one healthcare provider that people could go to. Republicans stated that Romney wants to replace the government’s role in healthcare and give it back to states’ discretion.

A major difference in the candidate’s opinions is foreign policy. The question asked was, “What does your candidate want to do about healing alliances that are broken?” The Republican side stated that strength needs to be projected and when a country is weak, like the United States is today, countries look at the U.S. differently. The Democrats argued that Obama would continue the path he is on. They identified that the world is now more integrated and making connections with other countries is what is important. They also raised the question to the Republicans, “At what cost are we willing to get more strength?”

After discussing all of the topics, each side had time to give a closing statement based on what each candidate is hoping for America. 

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