Locals Weigh In On Presidential Debate

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney face off Wednesday night in the first of three presidential debates. The Denver debate is focused on domestic issues.

13 News went downtown to see if locals would be watching and what they wanted to hear from the candidates.

"Yes, I'm going to be watching and I really hope they'll talk about our economy, ways to fix our economy, so that we can come out of this big hump that we're in," Laquonia Boid said. "I want to hear Obama talk more about his health care plan, how that's really gonna affect us and if the costs will be going up."

"I wanna hear Romney say whether, how he's really gonna help our economy," she said.

Connie Glenn echoed that concern, and wanted the candidates to talk specifics.

"I think they need to talk about what they can do to get more jobs here, keep jobs here and that kind of thing instead of sending them out. Well they just laid off 500 people back there at Hallmark," she said, referring to the company's recent decision to shut down its Topeka plant.

"No I'm not [watching]," said. "I don't get into the politics and the government. So I don't watch," she laughed.

Coverage of the debate begins Wednesday night on WIBW at 8 p.m.

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