Chel­tenham students host own pres­i­den­tial de­bate

Glenside News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jar­reau Free­man

They PDy nRW Ee RI vRWLnJ DJe MusW yeW, EuW Whey knRw D ORW DERuW Whe po­lit­i­cal is­sues at the fore­front of the coun­try.

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The high school au­di­to­rium was packed with students wait­ing to hear 3UesLGenW BDUDFk OEDPD, VLFe 3UesLGenW -Re BLGen, DnG GRv. MLWW 5RPney and run­ning mate Con­gress­man Paul Ryan take the stage to de­bate.

TweOIWh-JUDGeU ADURn HeDWh DnG 11th-grader Sam Pritchard played 3UesLGenW OEDPD DnG VLFe 3UesLGenW BLGen, DnG 11Wh-JUDGeUs -DFRE MDUberger and Lukas Grund played Rom­ney and Ryan.

HeDWh, whR SRUWUDyeG 3UesLGenW OEDPD, DnG MDUEeUJeU, whR SRU- WUDyeG GRv. 5RPney, EeJDn Whe GeEDWe with a state­ment of why they would be the best choice for pres­i­dent.

“I be­lieve this is the land of op­por­tu­nity and I be­lieve if we re­store that op­por­tu­nity we will see this coun­try FRPe URDULnJ EDFk,” MDUEeUJeU sDLG. “We need a strong leader in the eco­nomic sec­tor and I can pro­vide that. My plan will bring back Amer­i­can SURsSeULWy DnG FUeDWe 12 PLOOLRn MREs Ln Py fiUsW WeUP. I DP seekLnJ WhLs pres­i­dency to re­store our strength at hRPe DnG DEURDG.”

HeDWh sDLG he Ls Uun­nLnJ IRU Ue-eOeF­tion be­cause he cares about the Amer­i­can peo­ple and be­cause he has the best ideas to move the coun­try for­ward.

“I fiUsW UDn IRU SUesLGenW IRuU yeDUs ago to change the course of an al­ready weDk eFRnRPy,” he sDLG. “As SUesL­dent I stopped the econ­omy from to­tal dev­as­ta­tion and be­gan the long road to re­cov­ery. The path is not quick or easy and it takes more than one term to solve the prob­lems that have built over GeFDGes. IW UeTuLUes FRPPRn eIIRUW, shDUeG UesSRn­sLELOLWLes, EROG FhRLFes DnG Ln­nRvDWLRn.”

DuULnJ Whe GeEDWe, Whe FDnGLGDWes dis­cussed a va­ri­ety of top­ics like for­eign af­fairs and un­em­ploy­ment.

The PRGeUDWRU DskeG whDW HeDWh and Mar­berger would do to sta­bi­lize AIJhDnLsWDn DIWeU PRUe WhDn 50 APeUi­can sol­diers have been killed by Afghan forces this year.

HeDWh SURSRseG WhDW Whe U.S. FRnWLnue to help build and re­build the in­fra­struc­ture of the coun­try and in­crease mil­i­tary re­solve.

Afghan se­cu­rity forces are not prop­erly trained to han­dle coali­tion forces even WhRuJh Whey RuWnuPEeU WheP, Mar­berger ar­gued.

He DOsR sDLG WhDW D PDMRULWy RI se­cu­rity forces are lo­cated where only 4 per­cent of the Afghan pop­u­la­tion exLsWs. He sDLG WhLs Ls Whe wURnJ SODFe IRU them to be.

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cussed their plans for get­ting man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs back from China.

The rea­son why Amer­i­can busi­nesses are send­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs to China is be­cause they are bur­dened with high busi­ness costsI high cor­po­rate taxes and strict reg­u­la­tions in the statesI Grund said.

ee said he and Mar­berger will loosen job reg­u­la­tions so busi­nessHV FDn flRurLVH DnG JHW $PHrLFDnV work­ing again.

In re­spon­seI Pritchard ar­gued that the best way to keep busi­nesses from send­ing jobs over­seas is to cre­ate tax in­cen­tives for busi­nesses that bring jobs back to the states.

They also tack­led ed­u­ca­tion and health-care re­form.

Pritchard said in or­der to pro­vide Amer­i­cans with qual­ity col­lege ed­u­ca­tionsI stu­dent loan re­form and im­prove­ments to community col­leges are some things that can be done.

eow­ev­erI Grund ar­gued that the coun­try needs to cre­ate more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties so when students grad­u­ate they will have jobs.

When health care was on the tableI Grund said that Medi­care is im­por- tant be­cause it avoids dis­rup­tions in health care for se­nior cit­i­zens.

Pritchard said health care needs to be stronger and in­formed students that Grund and Mar­berger are in fa­vor of cre­at­ing a voucher sys­tem that causes se­niors to shop for health care.

To con­cludeI both eeath and Mar­berger said if they were elected pres­i­dent they would re­build and VWrHnJWHHn WHH FRunWry Ln Dn HI­fiFLHnW fash­ion.

Students will be able to cast their vote for the can­di­dates Oct. OS in home room.

Fol­low­ing the de­bateI eeath said that pre­par­ing to play Pres­i­dent Obama was no small feat. ee said he prac­ticed sev­eral times to make sure his speech was clear and steady dur­ing the de­bate.

“, rHDOOy JRW LnVLJHW LnWR ZHDW’V go­ing on in our coun­tryI” he said. “Do­ing re­search and por­tray­ing the pres­i­dent re­ally gave me an idea of how the coun­try works.”

Mar­berger said that pre­par­ing for the de­bate was easyI be­cause he knew some gen­eral things about Rom­ney to help him get into char­ac­ter.

“The pur­pose of the de­bate was to ed­u­cate the students in the au­di­enceI” said so­cial stud­ies teacher Steve Janke. “Stu­dent mod­er­a­tors de­vel­oped the ques­tions and we choose the ones we felt would be EHnH­fiFLDO WR WHH VWuGHnWV DnG WHH FrRZG. ,W ZDVn’W D GHEDWH WR VHH ZHR would win. eope­fully the students learned some­thing and learned about the po­lit­i­cal process.”

Sam Pritchard por­trays Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den dur­ing the mock de­bate at Chel­tenham High School Oct. 16.

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