Students stress bipartisanship at debate gathering

Oct 4, 2012

At MU's Black Culture Center last night, students gathered to watch the Presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, in what they called an objective environment.

Tigers Against Partisan Politics, or TAPP, paired with two MU student organizations to host the event. TAPP Vice President Camille Hosman says the goal of TAPP is to educate students about politics in a respectful environment: "It's TAPP's responsibility, in our opinion, to help give students these nonpartisan, but political, eudcation, resources on campus. And so this is just an example of one of those," she says.

After the debate, experts in economics, communications and journalism were on hand to answer questions from students and offer their perspectives.

Hosman says the event was a success, with more than 150 people attending.

"It's a success because we had a lot of people here," she said. "We have a lot of people that are interested in issues and still have yet to make up their minds about what political party they're in."

TAPP is hosting watch parties for the next two Presidential debates scheduled before the Nov. 6th general election, as well as hosting events alongside the Vice Presidential debates over the next few weeks.