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Hofstra students geared up for presidential debate on Monday

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The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is being held at Hofstra University (WFSB) The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is being held at Hofstra University (WFSB)
HEMPSTEAD, NY (WFSB) -

Monday was the day many had been waiting for…the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

It all took place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. While classes were canceled, students were out early showing their support on Monday morning.

"It's been crazy. It's been fun. They have a lot of activities going on,” said Hofstra student Jaime Ross.

"It's been buzzing. There's definitely been a lot going on. It's like a circus out there," Ashley Carpenter said.

The 90-minute debate started at 9 p.m.

Social media was exploding with comments on Monday as well, and while many protesters share the same love for our country, their opinions on the candidates certainly differs.

"I think his (Trump) language towards women is abominable. I think we need someone who recognizes the humanity in life...who respects people,” said Hofstra student Natasha Rappazzo.

"I believe he's (Trump) the change that America needs. There's a lot wrong with the country now and I believe he can change it for the better,” said Hofstra student David Liederman.

With Clinton and Trump in a race that’s too close to call at this point, the debate is shaping up to be one of the most watched political events ever.

This is a thrill for students at Hofstra, no matter what side of the political coin they fall on.

"It's just been so surreal to be here on campus and to have this once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Hofstra student Meghan Tierney.

While there were a lot of protesters on campus, right outside the university there were even more, prompting a massive police presence.

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