Even after addressing both presidential candidates personally in Tuesday night’s debate, 20-year-old Jeremy Epstein appears to be leaning toward Obama, especially after criticizing Romney for his repeated interruptions during the debate.
Epstein started off Tuesday night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University on Long Island by asking both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama what they would do to improve his chances at employment after graduation. According to an interview with Newsday, though he admits that both made good points, he found Romney's interruptions in the debate rude.
While he still isn't quite sure who he's voting for, Epstein did admit to NBC New York that he was "swaying a little bit, I guess, towards the incumbent."
Epstein also revealed that he thought Romney gave the best answer to his question based on the former Massachusetts governor’s experience in the private sector. But as for his overall performance in the debate, Epstein wasn’t a fan of Romney’s tendency to interrupt.
"Mitt Romney's interruptions were more outbursts and the president's were more subtle," Epstein said. "The president was more funny about it and Mitt Romney was a little intense about it."
After the debate, Epstein was given the opportunity to speak to both candidates. According to Newsday, Epstein asked Romney to ensure that he would get a job and challenged Obama to a game of pickup basketball.
"I hope you're going to give me that job in two years," Epstein told Romney.
"You also did a good job, but I don't think your Chicago Bulls are going to be that good this year,” he told Obama, adding “If I stand by your left hand, can I beat you one-on-one?” No word yet on whether the basketball game will come to fruition.
While Epstein is new to the political process, he takes its role in the country seriously and understood the symbolic importance of his question.
"I'm representing a whole other group of people my age, people who are facing the exact same problems, who are worried if they're going to be able to move out of their parent's house and support themselves sufficiently," Epstein told Newsday.