Locals Prepare for First Presidential Debate
The local Republican and Democrat groups are preparing for a big night, renting out local restaurants to watch the debates live together. But many other people will be watching at home, interested to hear what President Obama and Romney have to say. Video by kmir6.comvideo
The local Republican and Democrat groups are preparing for a big night, renting out local restaurants to watch the debates live together.
But many other people will be watching at home, interested to hear what President Obama and Romney have to say.
It is the first presidential debate, what do local residents want to hear?
"I want to hear details, I want to hear how either one of them are going to fix the economy," said Palm Desert resident, Albert Concha.
Folks told me they want real answers.
"If no one can go to school, or no one has health care, or jobs are all going out, what are you going to say, what are you going to do, are you just saying it so you can get elected," said Palm Desert resident, Robert Insingo.
Expect to see a lot more signs spread across the valley -- Republicans picking up the Romney buttons, and Democrats getting out the Obama signs.
The Republican Organizing Committee says this is a critical debate.
"We are waiting for Romney to come out to take a stand, show some teeth, growl some, and really hold Obama accountable for the things that he said, didn't say, things that he was supposed to do that he hasn't done over the last four years," said Johnny Hildreth, Chairman for the Republican Organizing Committee.
Democrats of the Desert say tonight is a great opportunity for President Obama.
"To explain what he stands, what he wants to do, what he has been attempting to do in detail, for the Romney folks, maybe we're finally going to hear some specifics because he's been very general in his comments, but it's time for specifics," said Elle Kurpiewski, with Democratic Headquarters of the Desert.
Some voters hope to hear the candidates come to the middle, not extremes.
"I wish Washington would learn a lesson and start working for the people instead of political interests, and that kind of thing, so I'm looking for someone to indicate they are going to do what's good for the country, instead of what is maybe better for them personally," said Palm Springs resident, Ron Dale.
The local Democrat and Republican groups have viewing parties planned for the vice presidential, future presidential and local debates.