University of Indianapolis students gather to watch VP debate

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A few dozen University of Indianapolis students gathered to watch the first and only vice presidential debate Tuesday night. The young Americans said they were paying close attention to topics like how to bring down the cost of higher education and improve police-community relations.

The watch party was held at the university president's house, which is the same place where students watched the presidential candidates square off just last week.

Several students told CBS4 they were surprised to see both candidates come out swinging.

"I think they did both come out really strong tonight," said junior Daniel Miller, who supports republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Governor Mike Pence. "I think Mike did really good job, though, at being calm and bringing everything back to the center."

Most of the young adults in attendance are enrolled in political science courses at the university.  Many of them said they felt there was a different tone to Tuesday night's debate.

"I want them to act more seasoned which is what they are," said Tanner Alexander, who supports democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton and Senator Tim Kaine.  "I want to know that the vice president is going to be more level-headed and have a calmer demeanor than what I saw last week."

As students left the watch party, a majority said their minds were not changed about who to vote for based on tonight's discussions.

These young voters are encouraging fellow students to be politically engaged this November. Some students were out canvassing and encouraging others to register to vote during the hours leading up to the debate.

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