TMJ4'S First Voters preview Presidential Debate

What's on the minds of 18-year-old first-time voters?
Posted at 8:08 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 14:29:21-04

MILWAUKEE — A lot is at stake in Tuesday night's first presidential debate. TMJ4 asked our four "First Voters" what's on their minds as they watched the debate.

"My name is Sherlean I attend Marquette University."

It's another first for our First Voters."Hunter Acton here, checking in from Roosevelt University."

TMJ4 has been following Sherlean Roberts and Hunter Acton, along with Alan Angulo and Riley McAdams all year as the 18 years cast their first vote in a presidential election year.

A key topic in Tuesday's debate, Race and Violence in U.S. Cities, an issue that hits close to home for Robert's in Milwaukee.

"This racism and gun violence is going on: How are they going to help it? This is an increasing problem," said Roberts, "it's becoming a new normal problem to see African American dying by the police, so how can they help us?"

Covid -19 also one of six topics up for debate. Roberts tested positive back in July but was asymptomatic as has been following news about the vaccine trials and healthcare.

"I'm 18 now and I guess healthcare changes a lot. What kind of healthcare are they actually talking about," said Roberts.

Covid-19 postponed Hunter Acton from playing college football in the fall, He has three important topics on his list.

"Covid-19, the economy and of course everything that's been social injustice issues in this country," said Acton.

Hunter says he will be comparing notes on responses from President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

"I want to see what Biden's practical response would have been," said Acton "and I want to see - should this continue in terms of Covid and social injustice issues, how is President Trump going to respond going forward?"

Marquette University Political Science Major Riley McAdams will be watching: "I would like to hear about the candidates' approach to mitigating the Covid-19 pandemic, addressing climate change and their take on filling the vacant Supreme Court Justice seat."

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