About 21 Augustana College students watched the second presidential debate Tuesday night between President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney.
Before the debate began, Augustana freshman Bennett Hartmann, 18, said he didn't have any set expectations for the debate.
"I just want to hear their answers to all the questions," said Mr. Hartmann, a Republican who intends to vote for Mr. Romney.
He said President Obama appeared unprepared in the first debate, while Mr. Romney had a good night. And whileVice President Joe Biden did well with his answers in last week's vice presidential debate, Mr. Hartmann said he did not like his behavior on stage.
Toward the end of Tuesday's debate, Mr. Hartmann said he believed the president was handling himself better than he did in the first debate while Mr. Romney wasn't doing as well.But he also said he thought the moderator did not manage the debate very well, to the benefit of President Obama.
His fellow Augustana freshman, Joey Strain, 18, said before the debate that he remained undecided on the Nov. 6 choice but was leaning toward President Obama.He said he hoped Tuesday's debate would provide a better idea of where the candidates stand.
He, too, said he thought the president did better in Tuesday's debate than in the first and Mr. Romney didn't do as well. The twocandidates were now on more equal footing, he said.
"They've definitely made it a more even playing field," Mr. Strain said.
In a show of hands after the debate, students indicated they believed Mr. Romney won the first debate and President Obama won the second.
Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line. 1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.