Presidential Debate at DU

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On October 3, I went to the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver with Dana Plewka. We arrived there at about 3:30, and since they closed I-25, we had to ride the Light-rail.

On October 3, I went to the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver with Dana Plewka. We arrived there at about 3:30, and since they closed I-25, we had to ride the Light-rail. We first went to the Debate Fest, which is before the actual debate. It is outside, with food and tents. I was surprised to see so many tents set up because the people in each of the tents represented a different cause and had their own perspectives on certain issues. For example, I saw some tents that were advertising Mitt Romney, and others that were advertising Barack Obama. There were also radio tents and news station trucks. I was on KHOW 630 AM radio with Michael and David and also on KNUS 710 AM with Steve Kelley. Not only did Steve ask me some questions, I also asked him some. When asked what he thought of the Debate Fest so far, he answered, “I think it is one of the most exciting events I’ve ever been to in my 35 years of covering events!” At about 5:30, it started getting super windy, so we decided to head inside into the debate. However, they blocked everything off for 45 minutes because Mitt Romney and Barack Obama’s motorcades had arrived. Luckily, we finally broke through and started to go inside.
They wouldn’t let us in the room where the candidates were, but we got to go into a separate room with the press and reporters.  Inside, there were rows and rows of tables, all filled with reporters!  On each row was a huge TV, so I could see everything. While I was watching it, I saw a couple of other youth reporters, so I interviewed them. I met Hailey Ure, a 13 year old who goes to Northstar Academy in Douglas County. She writes for C-SPAN, and was able to go to the debate through her school. She was one of four people who were chose after interviews with their principal and social studies teacher. Hailey said how she thought the debate was really cool because the candidates are both focused on education, but with totally different perspectives and plans.
After the debate, the security let Dana and I into the room where Obama and Romney had been (they weren’t there anymore). It was very big, and there, I also saw Governor John Hickenlooper. I asked him a couple questions, such as if he had any words for the kids of Colorado. He answered, “I hope that every kid is paying attention to everything, to the debates, reading the paper, because you guys are our future.”
Overall, the experience was different than I anticipated as there were so many people with so much passion in their beliefs.  Hopefully, everyone watched it because it was very interesting and a great part of our Colorado history.  Overall, I would give this experience 5 out of 5 debate coins because it was unbelievable to be so involved in the 2012 Presidential election.