Over 73 million people tuned in to watch the first presidential debate of 2020. The WMU College Democrats held a virtual watch party to see President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden debate Tuesday, Sept. 29.
The group gathered over Zoom and watched the debate on their own devices. Sophomore Mary Harman was one of the people who decided to watch with the group.
“I enjoy talking with other members of our club so I thought it would be fun to be able to chat along with them during the debate,” Harman said.
While Harman said she did not learn anything from the debate, she was watching the candidates actions.
“Trump was very loud and talking over everyone and then Biden was slow with his words and was almost stuttering, and Trump seemed more awake,” Harman said.
Cole Hamilton, president of WMU’s College Democrats, organized the watch party and believes they are crucial at a time of division.
“Presidential debates have been a tradition for the WMU Dems,” Hamilton said. “It’s important for college students to see what current American political discourse is. The presidential debates represent this discourse at the highest level in American society. To sum it up, we think it’s important for people to see.”
Hamilton also said that the recent debate was an example of the times we are in as a nation.
“It really speaks to the polarization that’s occurring and how there is a lack of conversation across the political aisle,” Hamilton said.
However, despite Hamilton believing the debates are important to watch, they do not sway a majority of people.
The next presidential debate is Thursday Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. The vice presidential debate is Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m.