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UHart students watch debate with great interest

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Students at the University of Hartford watch the first 2016 presidential debate. (WFSB photo) Students at the University of Hartford watch the first 2016 presidential debate. (WFSB photo)
WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

There was a lot of interest in Monday night's presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Students on the campus of the University of Hartford said they wanted to hear about things that impacted them like the cost of education, student loan debt and jobs that will be available when they graduate.

They listened intently as Clinton and Trump battled for votes.

"Going into this debate, what I do like that I'm hearing like many others [is] the response we're getting when it comes to race as what Hillary is saying and it will [be] hard for [Trump] to implement the things he's saying," said Jailene Ariaga, a student.

Topics of race, student debt and the economy were issues students said they were disappointed that the candidates did not spend more time tackling.

"Hillary Clinton is definitely pushing more for education reform, college students and young adults to eliminate student debt," said Nathan Roy, a student.

Associate Professor Bilal Sekou wanted his students to recognize their role in this election year.

"I'm really working hard to get the students interest in this election and the importance of this campaign and young people are [an] important part of this electorate and they should be involved in the process," he told Eyewitness News.

The watch party at UHart wasn't just about critiquing the debate. The debate was part of some students' assignment for the semester.

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