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Nevadans Look Forward to Presidential Debate

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Plenty of northern Nevadans will be glued to the TV for Wednesday night's debate.

Most people say they are looking forward to the debate and a lot of undecided voters say it could carry a lot of weight when they cast their ballots, in November.

"I'm currently undecided," Lauren Bradfield said. "I really like Obama's position on social issues but not so much on economic and foreign policy. Vice versa with Romney."

"I think it will be really helpful to hear their answers and their responses and even more interesting is what kind of questions they'll be asked, rather than sort of all the rhetoric we've been seeing in the commercials and what not," Wendi Herring said.

Today, a survey by Rasmussen Reports said 87% of likely voters plan to watch this year's presidential debates. But just 17% say they view the debate as very important when it comes to how they will vote - down from 26% four years ago.

Whether they've made up their minds or not, locals we talked to said there are some key issues they're hoping to hear about.

"I think budget cuts to the military," Craig Poore said. "I also think the way the economy is going and we've got to deal with healthcare."

"I'm hoping I can get a better position on their economic policies as well as their foreign policy, which is really important for me," Bradfield said.

Some already know who they will vote for but still plan on watching, saying they really hope other voters listen, carefully.

"Usually, on the debates, it's about who looks the best to the people, which is unfortunate, not who is actually saying the right things," Steve Ewing said.

Of course, there are also people on the other side, who don't plan to watch.

"Watching the debates makes me very nervous and just very uncomfortable for everybody that's debating," Lynne Wasson said. "I just don't care for the arguing."

That same survey says 12% of likely voters don't plan to watch the debates.

Some of the undecided voters say they'll be watching but may not make up their minds until election day.

Written by Paul Nelson
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