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 Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.