Colleges hold presidential debate watch parties in Jackson

Screen Shot 2016-09-26 at 10.30.35 PMJACKSON, Tenn. — Monday, college campuses across West Tennessee hosted watch parties to see the two presidential nominees debate for the very first time.

“I think it’s important because the 18 to 24-year-old demographic is one of the groups least likely to vote,” Union University political science professor Sean Evans said.

He also said Monday’s debate is critical.

“This is the chance to look at the two side-by-side. The first debate is the one that gets the most attention.”

Especially for millennials.

“I think it’s really important no matter what you believe either side of the aisle they come to watch the debate see how both candidates are responding to the issues and see what their policy issues are moving forward,” Union University sophomore Matthew Grove said.

“I think it’s really important that college students are informed of what’s happening in our world and our politics and we can actually have a say in things, prior to this politics was something that was out there but we didn’t have an actual vote,” Union University junior Michayla Kramer said.

From the campus of Union University to Lane College, college students across Jackson want to make sure they stay informed in this year’s election.

“We want to increase their awareness of the issues so we thought it was important to develop and host a watch party,” Vice President of Student Affairs Darryl McGee said.

Students at Lane College are making sure they do more than just listen to the debate.

“They are really pushing students registering to vote, even encouraging them to go back and vote at home if they can’t vote here in Tennessee,” McGee said.