AARP sponsors watch party for young Democratic, Republican voters

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — While many times political party supporters watch the debates separately, Tuesday night was an exception at Baja Bean Co. in Richmond.

Young Republicans and young Democrats from local colleges came to watch the vice-presidential debate together.

“I’ve found that its imperative that I do this if not for myself, but for everyone that I love,” said a college student, A’Jee DeLaingle.

Many millennial voters are feeling the responsibility to take this election seriously and are encouraging others their age to go out and vote.

“Millennial voting is going to make a difference in this election,” DeLaingle said.

While watching the vice-presidential candidates face-off, the millennials kept in mind what they want from the next presidential debate on Sunday.

I’m looking for a civil discussion between two of the presidential candidates and what I want them to focus on is more policy matters,” said college student, Perray Chudhah Saravahane.

For millennials such as college freshman Daniel Pine, this will be the first presidential election they are eligible to vote in. He said the next four years are crucial for those his age.

“Everything that we experience right after college and right after we graduate will depend on this election,” Pine said.

The event was put on by AARP, but they said their goal was to bring all generations together and to get both political parties talking about social security reform.

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