W&J Students Debate, Educate on Presidential Election Issues

WASHINGTON, Pa. (Nov. 5, 2012) – After hosting a mock Presidential debate that featured Washington & Jefferson College students from each side of the political aisle discussing key issues in the race, the student body has voted on its preference for the next President.

President Barack Obama received 54 percent of the student body’s vote compared to Governor Mitt Romney’s 43 percent in an electronic poll distributed by the College’s Department of Political Science.

The mock debate, hosted by the Civics House, was held in the Chapel of Old Main last month. Topics focused on foreign policy, health care and the economy. Representing the College Democrats were sophomores Jack DiCecco of Pittsburgh, Adam Kmett of Hollsopple, Pa., Jake Meyers of Richboro, Pa., and Kyle Sossi of Venetia, Pa. College Republicans were represented by juniors Stefan Gochev of Glenview, Ill., and Josh Habursky of Erie, Pa., and seniors Matthew Jaynes of Connellsville, Pa., and Kyle White of Boardman, Ohio. Senior Matthew Trimpert of Stevensville, Md., spoke on behalf of the Libertarian party.

President Tori Haring-Smith encourages all students to transfer their passion for their candidates to the polls tomorrow. “As Americans, we have a special opportunity to voice our opinion and elect those who lead us. Please exercise that right,” Haring-Smith said. “Your support of a candidate means nothing unless you vote.”

A campus gathering to watch the results of the national election is set Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 9 p.m. in The Hub. Students can learn more about the election by visiting http://www.washjeff.edu/election-2012.