Local residents discuss upcoming Democratic Debate


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Wednesday, people across the country will get their first chance to hear from ten presidential candidates in a debate environment.

According to the chair of the Vigo County Democratic Central Committee, Joe Etling, with a large number of candidates sharing the stage the debate may be different than what people have seen in the past.

“To some extent, at least the classic debates, this may not really meet that type of a standard because there are so many people involved in each night. So it’s really going to be more of a snippet of information,” Etling said.

Candidates over the two night debate will include Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke.

There’s one candidate that Etling expects Hoosiers to pay close attention to.

“A lot of people in Vigo County, in particular, have developed a lot of support and infinity towards Mayor Pete from South Bend,” Etling says.

During the debates, Etling says he expects the economy to be a main talking point.

Charles Brooks, a student at ISU, says one of his main focuses heading into the 2020 election will be any changes made to education.

“I think that should be important for a lot of people because education is really what like kind of brings us all together and allows people to rise up and do different things,” Brooks said.

Brooks says whether people agree or disagree with the candidates stances, these debates are important because their policies could one day affect everyone.

“Even when you’re talking about different topics that won’t necessarily directly impact you, they’re still going to make some sort of impact on your life. Just because you’re living in the country and we’re talking about the most powerful person in the country, some even say the world,” Brooks said.

Etling says there will be a democratic debate watch party tomorrow at the La Quinta Inn in Terre Haute. The watch party will begin at 9.

The debate watch party is free and open to the public.

You can watch the debate on WTWO beginning at 9.

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