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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
The countdown to the election is down to less than two weeks, and for many Americans, the recent debates were a chance for them to hear more than short sound bites from President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.
Both parties here in South Carolina took to the stage at the University of South Carolina's Law School to further debate the issues and help voters choose a candidate on Nov. 6.
In an auditorium full of mostly law students, three leaders from both the state Democratic and Republican parties had their own debate on issues including immigration, education, unemployment, Voter ID, and women's rights.
"With women's issues in this election and in the everyday, we have to remember that people want less government regulation for everything except for my body," said Amanda Loveday from the state Democratic Party.
State Republican Party political director Alex Stroman interjected to that.
"Not saying that doesn't matter, but we have millions of people out of work," said Stroman.
The debate was much different than the one-on-one presidential debates but some law students say they were looking forward to getting more out of this debate.
"Because it's not the candidates themselves, we'll get a little bit more straight forward answers and talk the actual policy and what the candidates and what the party hopes to do in the coming years," said law student Chris Campbell.
Health care reform was also a big topic.
"The best decision in terms of health care is not made by bureaucrats in Washington," said state GOP executive director Matt Moore. "It's made right here in our own communities. So Republicans propose -- we pay a lot of money to federal government in taxes. Let our local health care systems decide what's best."
Loveday tried to explain the Affordable Care Act, the president's health care reform law, in more depth.
"Within Obamacare he cuts $700 million of Medicare. He does that by cutting the subsidies to insurance companies by cutting the fat away from companies that don't need it. Paul Ryan's plan cuts $700 million from Medicare, cutting Medicare as we know it," said Lovejoy.
Another law school student, Meredith Ross, says the debates are invaluable leading up to an election.
"I think people are basing their opinion solely on media coverage, which isn't a bad thing as long as the coverage is fair. This gives us a little bit more of an in depth view into the candidates," said Ross.