YSU hosts student political debate

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Plenty of candidates have been talking about the issues leading up to Tuesday’s election, but several college students raised their voices on Thursday.

Students from both sides of the aisle took part in a debate at Youngstown State University. It was moderated by President Jim Tressel, and covered some of the most talked about topics in politics.

Students argued their sides on things like immigration, health care, and even the tax code.

There were quite a few people in the audience, including one student who had some advice for others attending a debate for the first time.

“Go into it with an open mind. Listen to both sides. Don’t get mad at the other side if they say something you don’t agree with. It’s a debate, so everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. It’s a debate so just go into it with an open mind,” said YSU student Aubriana McNeil.

Some teachers offered extra credit, in order to encourage students to attend.

Local political leaders were there too, including the chairmen of both the Mahoning County Republican party and the Mahoning County Democratic party.

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