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Friday, September 29, 2023

UF students asked Republican presidential candidates questions on Tuesday, and they’re hoping to get answers.

In the CNN Campaign Camper, which was parked in front of Pugh Hall, students had their questions filmed and have the potential to be aired during future GOP debates. They asked the candidates’ stance on issues of racial diversity, LGBTQ+ rights and economic stability.

CNN media producer Kellie Keesee declined to comment.

UF nursing sophomore Natalia Cuervo attended the event. The 20-year-old said it’s important for diverse people to share their political views.

"I’m glad that this gave us an opportunity to have our voices heard as university students," she said.

Watching debates can influence millennials’ opinions about presidential candidates, according to a recent study published by the College Republican National Committee.

"They’re sort of seeing through the lens of who’s going to help me or who’s going to help people like me," said UF political science professor Michael Martinez.

Jared Blackburn, 20, a member of UF College Republicans, said it’s important for millennials to vote.

"We are the future leaders of America, so we need to think about that when we vote," the UF political science major said. "We are the ones that are going to have to deal with what happens in this next election when we enter the job force."

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