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Presidential debate leaves UNLV students feeling ambivalent

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President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney square off in Denver Wednesday. President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney square off in Denver Wednesday.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) students gathered on Wednesday night to watch the first presidential debate. Some remain undecided after witnessing a war of words between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Most of those students will be voting in their first presidential election, a decision they don't take lightly.

"I wanted to hear a good debate," said UNLV senior David Larsen.

Larsen, a finance major, was undecided before the debate and remains so.

"I wanted them to talk about the real issues, the problems – the economy and how they're going to fix it. I didn't hear anything. I heard a lot of rhetoric. I (saw) a lot of finger pointing," Larsen said.

Some students took notes on every argument and issue, as if studying for a final exam.

"I don't know what I'm going to do. I feel like I can't choose a winner of the debate tonight but I can say the American people were the losers," said UNLV senior Rachel Stephens.

Both Obama and Romney addressed an issue near and dear to the students: education, student loans in particular.

"We're the future and being in such high debt we're going to be the ones to pay off that debt," said UNLV senior Jared Busker.

Senior Jared Busker was neither surprised by nor swayed by either candidate. The one who impresses him is the candidate who wasn't on stage, Libertarian Gary Johnson.

"I'm actually going to be voting for Gary Johnson, and after seeing this debate I am reaffirmed that's what's going to be my choice," Busker said.

The students said it will take more time and watching the remaining debates before they decide which candidate is right for the job.

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