Vice President Joe Biden squared off against Republican candidate Paul Ryan in the only vice presidential debate of the election, as 20-30 UAA students watched the event on a projector screen in the Student Union.
Attendees were treated to free hot dogs and beverages during the event, sponsored by UAA Votes and other members of Student Union & Commuter Student Services.
After the debate, about 15 students participated in and listened to an open forum were perspectives were exchanged about the debate, and the winner was unanimously decided to be Biden by those participating.
American government Professor Forrest Nabors moderated the event.
Political Science freshman Kianna Morris said Biden’s speech appealed to the audience because it instigated a sense of safety in regard to his plans.
“Voters like warm and fuzzy,” she said.
Adam, a Romney supporter who did not want to reveal his identity to the reporter on the scene, said, “Ryan didn’t really come out swinging.”
He said the congressman preoccupied himself with defending his policies from Biden, rather than discussing what his own policies were.
He said Ryan should have focused on discussing things, such as how the Romney campaign will work to save Social Security, rather than simply stating that the duo will not cut Social Security.
He also said the Obama administration has a total lack of influence in Iraq. “I think that’s incredible foreign policy failure,” he said.
Hospitality Industry junior Hannah Knapp said in response that Ryan clearly lost the debate because he didn’t speak to specifics about what the Romney campaign will do about issues, such as clarifying which tax loopholes they’ll cut to reduce the deficit, because if he did, it would sway people away from voting for a Republican ticket.
“Not a single question was answered this entire debate,” she said.
The next Presidential debate covers domestic and foreign policy will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and will be in a town meeting format.
The Northern Light will live tweet the event on Twitter from @TNLupdates.