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An estimated 60 million Americans watched the candidates face off in the Presidential Debate. From the get-go, one of the campaign priorities is to target young people getting them to vote.

KSFY stopped by Augustana College to visit with students from the non-partisan student group: Committee of Undergraduate Political Scientists, or C.O.U.P.S.

While they may not share views on the candidates or the issues, they share a big passion for politics and this year's election in general.

They wanted to hear all topics from the role of government to the small business sectors in America. Even more so, they were looking forward to seeing the two candidates interact and play off of each other's ideas.

While some admit they were disappointed in the same old statistics, the group says these are strong candidates and there's a clear choice one way or the other.

"I follow what each of the stances are but I was hoping they would talk things out a little more. That doesn't appear to be what's going to happen. I'm still on the fence, I'll do more research and then decide where I'm at," C.O.U.P.S President, Junior Drew Trahms said.

"I think Mitt Romney did a decent job of coming off pretty strong which is unique because he's traditionally pretty flat. He's telling jokes, he's talking specific numbers, wants to dig into the issues and that's not something he's famous for doing," Freshman Jesse Nelson said.

Students know this election is huge, not only because it's the first to cast their vote, but one that will directly affect them in the near future.

"The people who are here tonight are the people who, a generation from now, are going to be working on the issues that we're hearing discussed tonight, and that's really cool," Jesse Nelson said.

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