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Audience Members React to Schilling vs. Bustos Debate

Trying to sway thousands of voters in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, Representative Bobby Schilling and Democratic Challenger Cheri Bustos had 17 of them inches from their podiums on Thursday, October 11th.

“This is up close and personal,” says Dave Davis, a retired resident of Rock Island County. “I like it. It’s very good.”

“Just being a member of the audience, being chosen to represent my college too is a very cool experience,” says Alvin Fonscea, a student at Augustana College in Rock Island.

Dave and Alvin show the diversity in the debate’s audience, which included students, seniors, and business professionals… but they were all undecided voters. You can hear more from them by clicking on the video above.

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