Political Groups Hosting Watch Parties

EUGENE, Ore. — Unlike the last presidential debate, this time both parties will have a local watch party.

The Republicans didn’t have a watch party last week because they said they preferred to watch the debate at home. But this time a small group will watch Tuesday night’s debate at the Lane County Republican Headquarters on Coburg Road in Eugene.

The organization asked Senator Rick Santorum to stream live during the event to watch with local republicans and answer questions from attendees during the debate.

Lane County Republicans are banking on a similar performance from Romney, hoping for an even higher jump in the polls than he saw over the last ten days.

“The Republican Party is in a pretty heavy minority here, but people are excited. I think people are looking forward to the next four years and we think Romney is going to take this thing,” said Paul Barnett, Lane County Republicans Vice-Chair.

Barnett with Lane County Republicans feels Romney will do very well with the town hall format of Tuesday’s debate, considering he’s held more than 100 town hall’s of his own throughout his campaign.

The watch party begins at 5:30 p.m.

Democrats are also getting together for their own watch party. Members of the Democratic Party of Lane County are hanging out at Eugene’s Cozmic Pizza for the second presidential debate.

Although president Obama’s performance in the first debate came under some criticism, supporters are confident that he’ll do well at the town hall format.

“I think the town hall format will be very good for President Obama, so I’m hoping to see him interact with the audience and talk about how far we’ve come in the last four years and what the plan is for moving the country forward in the next four years,” said Julie Fahey, Democratic Party of Lane County Chairperson.

Their watch party also starts at 5:30 p.m.

The debate will air on KEZI 9 News at 6 p.m.

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