Local Residents Voice Expectations for Presidential Debate
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- With millions of people likely to tune into the first debate between the two candidates, local residents are discussing which topics they want to see covered.
"Look for the future of our children and create jobs that are sustaining and good for the environment," said Ruth Shaffer.
"The economy, jobs, medical as far as health insurance, Medicaid and Social Security," said Dale Elletson.
"My biggest thing is debt recovery," said Rick Johnson.
The first debate, which will be held in Denver and focus on domestic policy, allows voters to hear how each candidate will address their concerns.
"Even though there has been job growth, it hasn't been as significant as promised. I want to see which candidates are going to do the best with that," said Johnson.
Regardless of the debates, recent reports reveal that more than 50 percent of voters have already determined which candidate they'll vote for; locally, many residents say they're open minded.
"These debates can be really helpful in bringing out the truth in what candidates are really for," said Shaffer.
"I've got my mind made up, but we haven't heard a lot from the candidates. It's very important, the first debate," said Elletson.
"We've gone further into debt in the last four years, and I'm really interested in seeing the candidates debate that issue and see who's going to have the strongest policy on the economic recovery," said Johnson.
This first debate has the potential to change minds and votes, as we've all heard many times before ... "One vote can really make a difference," said Shaffer.
The last day to register to vote is Oct 9; early voting starts Oct. 22.
Voting locations include the Fruita Civic Center, Mesa County Central Services Building, Mesa County Fairgrounds, Goodwill and the Clifton Road and Bridge Shop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All residents must present a form of identification.
Voters can also vote on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the election office.
Of course November 6, voters can go to those five locations, plus Colorado Mesa University. There will also be a location in Debeque, Mesa, Collbran, and Gateway.
For more information head to www.govotecolorado.com or vote.mesacounty.us.