Final Presidential Debate with the Young Democrats Club!

This past Thursday, October 22, the Young Democrats Club hosted a screening of the final presidential debate from 9:00 to 10:30 PM.

This past Thursday, October 22, the Young Democrats Club hosted a screening of the final presidential debate from 9:00 to 10:30 PM. The socially distant event took place on a big screen outside of the Bathhouse, as members of the Lawrenceville community observed presidential candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump discuss topics including Covid-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security, and leadership.

The debate was held in Nashville, Tennessee’s Belmont University, with NBC News’ Kristen Welker moderating between Trump and Biden. The event, which is the second and final presidential debate, was held in person with proper social distancing and safety protocols enforced, and the participants’ microphones were physically muted during certain portions of the debate to implement more structure, an improvement from the last debate.

After last year’s success with screenings of the primary debates, President of the Young Democrats Club Chelsea Wang ’21 expressed, “[I] wanted to replicate that experience as much as possible…I think that being online or on a Zoom call watching the debate is just not the same.” According to Wang, this screening helped serve the Young Democrats’ goal of “[promoting] political participation.”

“I think this is the perfect way to do it since I think that someone should be encouraging people to watch the debate,” she said.

Vice President of the Young Democrats Club Jessica Fernandez ’22 added, “We really wanted to educate and empower everyone to advocate...for others to vote because voting is one of the most important powers that we all have. We also wanted to encourage others to continue learning about the political system in this country by watching the debate...It’s important for us, even in high school, to utilize not only the resources that Lawrenceville provides us but the resources that we all have within our communities and our homes.”

Despite Young Dem’s left-leaning stance on political issues, Wang encouraged students from all sides of the political spectrum to attend the event and stay informed. She wanted students “to develop their own thoughts when listening to the two candidates” as they think “about the issues and flaws they find in [each] candidate.”

According to Wang, “At Lawrenceville, it’s important to stay informed no matter what your beliefs are as an essential part of our education. We’re not just here to learn information but also here to think. I hope everyone who came to the debate thinks about it a little more.”

Following the event, Fernandez reflected, “I loved being able to watch the debates with other students. There were a lot of changes in the planning process [due to] the fact that we are still in the middle of a pandemic, so it was a little nerve-wracking to think about all the things that we can’t do this year. However, it was really exciting for us to be able to hold this socially distanced event as a club.”

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