Mock presidential debate foreshadowed election
Many hours before the residents of tiny Dixville Notch, N.H., weighed in with their midnight votes in last week’s presidential election, the ballots at SPSU had been tallied and the winner announced. Sixty-nine percent of the 86 votes cast by the audience at the Social and International Studies (SIS) department’s Mock Presidential Debate on Nov. 6 chose President Barack Obama as the victor, foreshadowing the results of the actual presidential election on the following day.
SPSU voters thought Team Obama – Patrick Sumner, a junior political science major; Teya Henry, a junior majoring in international studies; and Origen Monsanto, a senior international studies major – did a better job of handling the questions of fellow students regarding everything from the economy, jobs, the U.S.-China trade deficit and disaster aid to relations with Middle-Eastern countries.
Team Romney was comprised of Frederick Roddy, a senior in international studies; Tyler Maran, a junior political science major; and Erin McGehee, a senior political science major.
Moderating the debate was junior international studies major Meredith Shaddix. Political science professor Tom Rotnem coordinated the event, which was reported in the Marietta Daily Journal (click here to view article) and on WSB-TV (click here to view video).