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Many students have been out and about as the day of the Vice Presidential has finally approached at Longwood. Mary Katherine Yurchak, a senior at Longwood University and debate volunteer for CNN says she is very excited for this day to have finally come, as the anticipation over the last few months for the debate made it nice to finally see everything coming together. Mary was lucky enough to have been selected the day prior to the debate, as a lucky winner of a ticket to actually attend in person inside of the debate hall. Yurchak actually found out about this news through several friends informing her as she was unable to attend the live announcement of ticket winners. This was not Yurchak’s first experience with politics having previous experience volunteering in 2012 for the Obama campaign while still in high school.

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Josue Gallardo, a student at Longwood University, is seen holding a sign that reads “Gay Latino 4 Trump” and as a member of the LGBT community and born and raised in Ecuador, he is a strong supporter for Trump and everything he believes in. Gallardo states that “I do not fall under this status quo where you have to be gay and you have to be Latino to support Hillary Clinton and that this is my constitutional right to be able to vote for whomever I please”. Being a Trump supporter, he tells us that he has received a lot of negativity from the LGBT community, but still stands by his beliefs and wishes that people respect his opinions. Along with that he hopes to see Pence take a strong stance and to examine the tough questions and respond with authority. Gallardo is looking forward to the turnout of the debate and is planning to vote in the upcoming elections.

Written by: Jay Bradt and Rosaria Bui