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College Democrats Pair with Team Warren for Debate Party

By Kristopher Storey
Hottytoddy.com Intern
kostorey@go.olemiss.edu

The University of Mississippi College Democrats and Elizabeth Warren’s Mississippi campaign team joined together for a watch party of the debate. Photo by Kristopher Storey.

The Democratic primary race continued Thursday night as 10 candidates took to the stage at Texas Southern University where viewers witnessed a debate on policy and how to lead the country.

The University of Mississippi College Democrats and Elizabeth Warren’s Mississippi campaign team joined together for a watch party of the debate.

The party was hosted at the University of Mississippi Law School, where attendees enjoyed food, conversation, and the debate.

Senator Elizabeth Warren is a Democratic candidate in this year’s presidential race. She has been polling in the top three alongside former Vice President Joe Biden, and last year’s Democrat runner-up, Bernie Sanders.

The party last night was run by state lead volunteer for Team Warren, Jay Kucia.

“The government is working better and better for a thinner slice of the top, but not so much for everyone else,” Kucia said.

Kucia said Warren and himself are committed to fighting for the opportunity for everybody to have a chance at success.

Although Team Warren paired with the College Democrats for the watch party, the organization is not necessarily endorsing Warren.

Ainsley Ash, vice president of the College Democrats, said the organization is simply supporting the Democratic party as a whole.

“College Democrats are not sponsoring or endorsing Elizabeth Warren, but they have reached out to us,” Ash said. “We are here supporting another democratic event.”

Ash said she thinks it is important for the College Democrats to be involved in watching the debates and the importance of it.

“I think it is important to interact with the democratic process, as it’s in its beginning phases. Democracy is a thing, it’s an action, it’s something we do, it’s not just something that will exist on its own,” Ash said.

“It requires people to interact with candidates… to hear what they’re saying, and to respond to that. To make up their own minds about it. That’s why we’re here.”

Ash said she is looking for a change in the leadership of this country.

“First and foremost, I am looking for someone who can unite the country, who can get us through these turbulent times, and undo the damage that has been inflicted to this country and to individual lives from our current president,” Ash said.

Ash also said that student loan debt is also a huge concern amongst her and other college students.

Freshman Byron Poindexter said he attended the event simply to enjoy and educate himself.

“I am here to educate myself. I think that being around like-minded people is a good thing. We can watch the debate and talk about the different opinions of different candidates,” Poindexter said.

The presidential election will be held Nov. 3, 2020, where the Democratic nominee will challenge President Donald Trump for the Oval Office.


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