October 3 Debate Coverage

Posted: October 5, 2012

The Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment (SCORE) office was packed with Scripps students eager to watch the candidates go head to head during the first of three debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney on October 3. Considering one of the goals of SCORE is to connect the Scripps community with the community at large, it was an appropriate gathering place for this important political event. Other Scripps dorm living rooms were also filled with students watching live streams of the debate.

Moderator Jim Lehrer, host of the NewsHour on PBS, asked questions about domestic policy. Many issues were brought up, including jobs, tax rates, Medicare and Social Security, green energy, and more. As expected, the two candidates had conflicting opinions on almost every issue. Obama accused Romney of being too vague in his goals, stating, “Ultimately, part of being a leader is being able to describe exactly what it is that you are going to do.” While Romney said Obama hasn’t had the right focus or achieved enough during his first term, particularly criticizing Obamacare, which he says has eliminated jobs. In post-debate recaps, commentators seemed to agree Mitt Romney, the underdog going into the debate, came out slightly ahead of Obama.

Expressing much less divided points of view than the candidates themselves, Scripps students from all years expressed their excitement about being on campus during the debates. Senior Priya Srivats said, “It’s really exciting being on campus during an election year, and seeing people our age get involved. In 2008 I was in Nebraska and I couldn’t vote, so it’s definitely a very different feeling. Seeing the discourse happening here and how it contrasts with what people are saying back home in my more conservative state is really interesting.” First-year Jin Gu added, “I came to watch the debate because I wanted to hear about what each candidate had to say”.

The Scripps community is committed to staying connected to important events occurring outside of the Claremont Colleges. As the election nears and the debates continue, Scripps and the 5C community will continue to have important dialogues all across campus.

– Elizabeth Crumpacker ’13

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