Cheltenham students host own presidential debate
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.