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MU students have questions for presidential candidates

By David Conway
October 3, 2012 | 11:55 p.m. CDT
MU freshman Beatriz Costa Lima poses a question about PBS funding at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center after the first 2012 presidential debate on Wednesday.

COLUMBIA — At a watch party for the first 2012 presidential debate, held at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center at MU, we asked students what question they'd ask the candidates if given the chance. Here are some of their replies:


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Anthony Agbabiaka directed his question to President Barack Obama, asking him about drone strikes in the Middle East and civilian fatalities.

Kurt Bognar posed a question about a state's right to legalize medical marijuana.

Stephen Painter wanted to know where the candidates stood on the idea that corporations are people, most recently brought into the spotlight by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the case about Citizens United.

Sarah Hatfield was curious about what the candidates thought about fracking and the environment.

Stephanie Grant asked about gay rights.

Dominique Feldman wanted to know about the candidates' stance on energy conservation.

Steffano Chavez asked about third-party involvement in the debates.

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