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Hagerstown native gets a ticket to watch debate

October 01, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Hagerstown native Brian Shrader was planning on watching Thursday night's presidential debate on television until he got a mid-afternoon phone call and an invitation to watch it in person.

The debate took place at the University of Miami, where Shrader, a 21-year-old senior, is president of the Interfraternity Council. The council is one of four that governs fraternities and sororities at the school.

Shrader said the phone call was from University Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Whitely's office, which had seats available for the debate.

Shrader said he wasn't sure whether he would meet the candidates or what was in store for him, except that he was told he had a commitment until 11 p.m. The televised debate program was scheduled to end at 10:30 p.m.

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"I'm a Republican. I plan on voting for Bush," said the North Hagerstown High School Class of 2000 graduate.

Shrader said he favored Bush because of economic issues, but didn't want to get into specifics.

"I'm really voting Republican," he said.

"This is the first time I'm of voting age for a debate, for an election. I'm just interested in watching," Shrader said.

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