Election Coverage

Oct 3, 2012 8:22 PM by Maddie Garrett

Presidential Debate: Will You Watch?

Will you watch one of the biggest nights in politics? President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney face off in the first presidential debate Wednesday, which airs at 8:00pm on KATC.

We caught up with a wide range of voters, from those very interested in the debates to others who didn't even know the candidates were going to face-off Wednesday night. No matter the opinion, it's all part of Acadiana's political pulse.

"I will absolutely be watching, and I'm watching because this election is a monumental election," voter John Kennedy.

Wiley Mouton said he will also likely watch the debate, "I'll probably watch them, I want to find out a little bit more about what's going on and see what I decide on it."

For some, the debate on domestic issues will hopefully be a source of answers.

"I'd like to hear more specifics from each of the candidates actually. I feel more comfortable with not having heard exact things from Obama, more because he has a record and I can kind of surmise what he's about from there. But Romney's only been a governor so I don't know exactly what he's going to do," said Khadijah Matthews, a UL student who will watch the debate.

Kennedy said his biggest concern is the nation's debt.

"I would like to see them talking about the runaway spending that this government is doing, the $16 trillion deficit that goes on, beyond forever, the runaway regulatory environment we have," said Kennedy.

Others don't think much will come out of the back and forth between the two candidates.

"I think that most of the debate is just a lot of rhetoric and candidates just not really getting down to what's important," said Alex Oubre, who said he may watch the debate.

Then there are those not interested and will not watch, like Tyce Hebert.

"I was never really in politics, it's not really interesting to me," said Hebert.

Many voters said they're minds are made up on who they'll vote for in the November election. But for the few undecided, these debates are targeted to them.

"This might help me decide on a candidate," said Mouton.

Wednesday's debate is unlike previous presidential debates because the moderator, PBS' Jim Lehrer, will have free reign to ask the candidates follow up questions to deepen the conversation. Lehrer said the first three segments will focus on the economy and the last three will center on "health care, the role of the government and governing."

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