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Furman students cast votes after presidential debate

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The clicker some Furman students used to vote in response to the presidential debate. (Oct. 3, 2012/FOX Carolina) The clicker some Furman students used to vote in response to the presidential debate. (Oct. 3, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Furman University students gathered at Daniel Recital Hall Wednesday night to cast their votes a little early for who they think should be president.

When the first presidential debate ended, 90 students in a crowd of hundreds voted with clickers on each candidate's style and delivery. They also answered questions on major issues like jobs, healthcare and the economy.

FOX Carolina talked to a Barack Obama, a Mitt Romney and an undecided voter about the debate and if it changed their opinions about the candidates.

"Gov. Romney responded with facts and statistics for all of the answers. I think the debate was a little rough for President Obama to begin with," Brian Boda said. He's the chairman of the College Republicans.

Ben Saul responded to the candidates' debate performance and viewpoints too.

"For me the most important policy areas are education and healthcare and in education President Obama talked about how he's re-investing in healthcare and how he's made student loans more affordable," Saul said. He's the chairman of the College Democrats.

Many of the students seemed engaged during the process. They took notes and often laughed out loud during comments made by both candidates.

Nathan Thompson said he was undecided until after the debate.

"I think for me one of the biggest issues is the economy and to hear Gov. Romney list a bunch of facts on a bunch of issues I feel it showed he was a little more prepared than President Obama was," Thompson said.

Both Obama and Romney agreed the tax code is too high and also agreed on energy production to help with job growth, but disagreed on how it should get done. Read more about what the candidates said and reaction to the first debate here.

The candidates will have the chance to spar again on Oct. 16 and 22. Vice President Joe Biden and Romney's running mate Paul Ryan will have their debate on Oct. 11.

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