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YSU hosts debate between local Republican and Democratic Party leaders

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown State University's Economics Club hosted a debate between Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman Dave Betras and Ohio Association of Black Republicans President Brenda Mack on Tuesday night.

A topic that came up is if the Mahoning Valley is better off under President Obama's leadership.

Betras said, "So if anyone wants you to think back to 2008. GM was on its knees; no one could get credit and think where we are now. We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. So the Mahoning Valley is better off."

Mack argued to make the case for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. "If you ran your business like he runs the country you would be down on the east side of Youngstown where a lot of the people are who he left there and has done nothing with these last 31/2 years," she said.

Betras also said President Obama helped bring V&M Star's investment here and Mack praised Governor Kasich's balanced budget.

21 News asked some students attending the debate what they want to hear from the presidential candidates themselves during the first presidential debate Wednesday night.

"The number one issue I really think they need to focus on is the debt that we are in right now. Over $16 trillion, that's 100% of our GDP plus that's going to cripple us in the long term," said YSU student David Yash.

Megan Richards, president of the YSU Economics Club and a YSU student, said, "I'd like to hear how they're going to fulfill the jobs because we know there are jobs that need to be filled and people don't have the skills. So how are they going to get them their skills? How they're going to create job growth and how they're going to cut the deficit."

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