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 Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.