CT students weigh in on second presidential debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in their second debate on Sunday (AP Images)

The Quinnipiac University community gathered on Sunday night to watch the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Students typically want to hear about the issues that matter to them, like making college more affordable. But on Sunday, many wanted to hear what Trump had to say about his recently leaked audio from 2005.

"I have forgiven him personally for that and I know he's ready to move on ... and I know he's ready to make America great again,” said Quinnipiac freshman Justin Zaccoli.

During the debate, Trump referred to the comments as “locker chatter,” and some students said he didn’t do enough to discuss the matter.

"I don't think he's addressing the question that he's being asked. I think he's kind of avoiding it ... he started talking about Isis and Iraq and that wasn't relevant to what he's being asked,” said Quinnipiac freshman Ashlee Baldwin.

Aside from that issue, students also wanted to hear about job development, student debt, and economic growth.

"I don't want to hear them insult one another ... talk over one another ... I want to hear their policies. What are they going to do, if either of them are elected as president,” said Quinnipiac senior Madeleine Harder.

Students said they were glad to see their peers get involved in the political process.

"I feel like it's nice to see a lot of people do care, they want to vote, before they saying I like Donald Trump because my parents like Donald Trump or like Hillary Clinton because my parents like Hillary Clinton,” said Quinnipiac freshman Ashley Pronovost.

"It's going to make a big change in our government, no matter which we go ... and I think it's important everyone has a say especially with what's at stake in the world,” said Quinnipiac sophomore Joseph Iasso.

Voter registration forms and applications for an absentee ballot were available to students on Sunday.

Organizers hope this will also inspire and empower students to vote next month.

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