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Metro students chime in on opening debate between Trump, Clinton

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While most high school students are too young to vote, that's not stopping them from taking an interest in the 2016 presidential election. (KCTV5) While most high school students are too young to vote, that's not stopping them from taking an interest in the 2016 presidential election. (KCTV5)
NORTH KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

While most high school students are too young to vote, that's not stopping them from taking an interest in the 2016 presidential election. 

Students around the metro were among the 81 million who watched Monday's opening debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. 

Those included students in Seth DeRose's government class at Oak Park High School in the Northland. 

"I don't care if they're Republicans or Democrats," DeRose said. "I just want them to be able to identify with a party and establish why they are for or against an individual."

His students offered different opinions. 

"I thought...I don't know, both the candidates are kind of outrageous this year," said senior Anna Merkel. 

Junior Richie Sander said the candidates have more convincing to do. 

"There wasn't a lot going on," he said. "They just kind of worked around the question and didn't really answer it. We kind of think of Trump as just a joke, it's funny, so we're going about it like that."

DeRose said he believes Trump and Clinton are bringing more attention to the race compared to previous elections. 

"We have candidates that are pretty charismatic," he said. 

Merkel believes the two big issues with her fellow students are equality and jobs. 

"I think equality is a really big issue this year, especially with the recent events that have been going on," she said. "That and getting more people in the workforce."

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