More than 60 Augustana College students turned out Wednesday night to view the first 2012 presidential debate.
In the moments before the debate, Steve Klien, Augustana professor of communication studies, asked students what they hoped to hear from President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
Jobs came up immediately. So did the deficit. One student said he wanted to hear more in-depth details of Mr. Romney's plans. Another wanted to know what the Affordable Care Act -- also known as "Obamacare" -- was actually about.
Christopher M. Whitt, assistant professor of political science at Augustana, asked students how many were registered to vote. Many -- but not all -- hands shot into the air.
Mr. Whitt told them registering wasn't the only thing they needed to do.
"I don't care who you vote for," he said, "but vote."
Zack Wheeler, 19, a sophomore and a Democrat, said if he could ask the candidates a question, it would be about their views on tax cuts for larger businesses: give them cuts or tax them more. Mr. Wheeler said he thought cuts would be more effective for smaller businesses, helping them and their communities.
After the debate, Mr. Wheeler said he believed Mr. Romney did a good job defending his points against inaccurate claims, while President Obama did a good job calling out Mr. Romney about things he had said and the legitimacy of his ideas.
Kelsey Wrightwood, a 19-year-old sophomore and a Republican, said she would have liked to hear more details from both candidates about how they would create jobs. She said Mr. Romney informed her more about how he would do things overall.
"I feel like I learned more about Romney's plan than I did Obama's," she said.
However, she also thought the president showed more concern about the immediate effects repealing Obamacare would have on people.
Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line. 1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.