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Battle in Bailey
Two former presidential candidates met tonight in the Southern Tier to enlighten students, and help bring our nation’s most important issues back into focus.
October 18, 2012
Ithaca (WENY) - Two former presidential candidates met tonight in the Southern Tier to enlighten students, and help bring our nation's most important issues back into focus. Democrat Howard Dean and Republican Rick Santorum say they're friends outside the political arena, but tonight they met on the stage at Cornell University as political opponents. They're not running for any office, but they came to Ithaca to talk about the issues. They also wanted to stay away from the political drama that's been surrounding the recent presidential race. Both Senator Santorum and Governor Dean focused on the role of our government in our society. Tonight was about getting to the issues and leaving the political drama at the door.
“I think one of the main issues that we are going to have to deal with once we get through the economic crisis that we're in today is going to be the rebellion of our student loans,” says Dean.
Santorum agrees with Deans stance on Student loans.
“The cost is simply becoming too prohibitive and you can throw out more student loans for folk, you can borrow more money but we all know, the governor will tell you, we are not going to be able to provide everything that we're providing now.”
It was an exhibition match, a friendly debate, two friends and political superstars coming to Cornell to discuss some of the major issues facing America, including Student loans. The event was a way to motivate students at Cornell to be more politically active, something Michael Black a Seinor at Cornell hasn’t seen this election season.
“I think in 2008 there was actually more political action this year you see and hear people talk about the election and how they're going to vote but as far as the excitement isnt not the same level as 2008.”
Bailey hall was packed and with mostly young students. Although the youth vote doesn't seem to be as active as it was in 2008, both candidates and their debates are making an impression.
“It didn't really detour me or swing me one way or the other my vote has been pretty decided beforehand but its interesting to see how they react to one another,” says senior Mike Torres.
Student Mt Condosta says the debates aren't getting the real facts out.
“We're not getting the facts that we need from the candidates themselves and its hard to distinguish whats true whats not true and and whats twisted and whats not.”
The final presidential debate on Monday will focus on foreign policy and will take place in Florida.