Weber State students weigh in on VP debate

Posted at 11:38 PM, Oct 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-12 01:38:04-04

OGDEN, Utah --Many Utahns tuned into the vice presidential debate Thursday evening, waiting to hear the candidates' stances on several hot topics.

Political Science students at Weber State University in Ogden watched the debate together, and their reactions were mixed.

Thomas Judd is supporting President Obama. He had high hopes for Vice President Joe Biden to stall the momentum Romney created with a strong performance in the first presidential debate.

"I honestly feel that Vice President Joe Biden blew Ryan out of the water it was really incredible," Judd said.

Romney supporter Mandie Barnes thought Biden's smiling and laughing was off-putting, making Ryan look more presidential.

"I think Biden was a little bit disrespectful. He was laughing the entire time and I wasn’t impressed by that," Barnes said.

Their professor, Leah Murray, suggested the country would likely respond in the same way: viewing the debate through the lens of their political preference.

"Where last week Obama lost the debate. This week Republicans will think Ryan won.  Democrats will think Biden won, and they both did what they were supposed to do," Murray said.