When President Obama and Mitt Romney were prepping for their debates, we heard a lot about the people being used to portray the opposition to help the candidates practice. Well, one local high school took it one step further, with student stand-ins, so to speak. Our Katie Husband sat in as these high schoolers took on the roles of the two men vying for your vote.
ELMIRA, N.Y. -- On air and on live TV, the two presidential candidates, portrayed by seniors at Southside High School, for this year's election faced off on social and economic issues during a live debate.
"So we had cameras on the students and aired it to all the classrooms and still did the same thing. Aired the issues had the candidates talk about the issues," said Chris Krantz, Southside High School principal.
The 'so-called' Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama have been following up on who they say they are before the debate not just as a class project, but on their own time.
"I've been following it from the beginning, watching the debates, researching the websites, the videos, the books, so it didn't take too long," said Jenni Williams, who posed as Romney.
"I've been watching every debate, following the media and doing research of my own and I've been speaking with my government teacher a lot because she's very informative," said Victoria Scott, who posed as President Obama.
The candidates wanted to get unbiased information out to all Southside High School students so they can make an informed decision in this year's presidential election.
"It doesn't matter, as long as you know the facts, rather than what your parents or friends are telling you," said Scott.
What President Obama had to say might have swung Mitt Romney in this class project.
"Romney isn't as bad as some people make him out to be. And I learned along the way Obama isn't as bad as some people make him out to be," said Williams.
Each candidate is just under the age limit to vote legally, but as part of the project during the students' lunch periods, they were able to cast their ballots for who they thought was the best candidate. After the ballots were tallied, President Obama finished with 133 votes, Mitt Romney had 65.
We'll have to wait until Tuesday to see whether or not the students are a reflection of the nation as a whole.