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VP Debate: A Spirited Calm After a Brutal Storm?

After watching the verbal brawl in the first of three U.S. presidential debates on Sept. 30, young voters interviewed are extremely interested in Wednesday’s vice presidential debate.

Students at local historically Black colleges and universities, including Morgan State University, have been using social media to express their concerns about the upcoming debate.

The vice presidential debate will air on all major cable networks Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST, and last for 90 minutes without commercial interruption. Students everywhere say they will be keeping a close eye on the spectacle.

Malaika Geffrard, a senior sociology major from Atlanta by way of Haiti, said she was extremely disappointed with the presidential debate.

“It was tacky and distasteful. I was not shocked or surprised by Trump’s childlike behavior,” Geffrard said. “He was rude to not only Joe Biden, but the mediator as well.”

Geffrard believes the chaos of the debate was President Trump’s plan all along.

“At this point, his tactic of hijacking the debate worked because in the end, he controlled the tone of the debate. I find it sad quite frankly, that this is the state we are in as a nation.”

As for the students looking forward to watching candidates Mike Pence, incumbent vice president, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, anticipated hot topics include health care, the wage gap, and a second economic stimulus package.

Kayla Jackson, a junior political science major and president of Morgan State University’s section of Black Girls Vote, said she was looking forward to the nine scheduled topics that are to be discussed.

“I wish for them to acknowledge women’s rights and discuss the injustice of the black lives lost and how we can stop or decrease police brutality,” Jackson said. “I want statistics. I want to examine what they desire to implement efficiently, but how are they going to do it?”

Jackson was also hoping that this debate upholds a sense of decorum.

“I hope that while discussing their nine topics, they can stay on track, but they stand on what they declare,” she said. “I like hearing the passion and crackle of their voice when you speak in regards to our country.

“With Vice President Pence being such a quietly-kept individual and Sen. Harris being a robust speaker, I hope this debate will be more dignified than the presidential debate,” Jackson said. “I hope it will be calm after the storm, in a sense.”

Jada Grant, president of the Morgan State University section of the National Council of Negro Women, is hoping that the vice presidential candidates use Wednesday’s platform to discuss their backgrounds.

“Their past records will probably be brought up,” said Grant, and I want to hear how Kamala will respond.”

Young people are watching, and are already forming their opinions for the upcoming election. Regardless of which candidate they choose, young people will be voting.

Said Jackson, “If we want to change, we must be changed. We must continue to utilize our voice and vote. We must universally hold everyone accountable. This is our civic duty.”

The writer is a student in the Morgan State University School of Global Journalism and Communication and a Prince George’s County native.

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