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USC Debate Viewing Party Encourages Political Involvement

USC students and community members sound off about last night's Republican debate. 

Last night’s CNN Republican presidential debate was hailed as the most-watched event in the network’s history. Just under 23 million viewers tuned in to watch the 11 Republican candidates battle for their party’s nomination.

Here at USC, the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics worked with campus organizations to arrange a debate-viewing party in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Free pizza was brought in for the masses of students and community members who filled every seat in the building. Viewers spilled onto the steps and literally hung from the rafters to get a better view of the debate, which was one of the longest in our nation’s history.    

Today, the campus was buzzing with talk about the debate. Reporter Neha Wadekar was on campus to learn more about people’s reactions to the performances and the effect they believe the debates could have on the 2016 election.  

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