Taking a front row seat at the presidential debate

Posted at 9:28 PM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 23:28:27-04

Kael White is an undecided voter. After stating that he was still deciding between Hillary Clinton and Green Party candidate Jill Stein during a Gallup Poll interview, he was invited to be part of the audience at Sunday night’s presidential debate.

"I was pretty excited," White says.

White was sequestered with the other audience members for almost 16 hours prior to the debate before he was given a front row seat to the action.

"If your parents have ever fought in front of you, it's kind of like that, kind of uncomfortable being that close to it," he says.

White says audience members were asked not to be too expressive during the debate.

"They asked that we didn't show support here or there for either candidate,” White says. “Except for really clapping when they came on stage, you were supposed to remain neutral as much as possible. So, if you saw me in the back at all, that was me doing my very best to hold in any sort of expression, which, at some points, was pretty hard."

White tells 6 On Your Side each audience member was asked to come up with two potential questions to ask the candidates during the town hall style debate. Those two questions were eventually narrowed down by producers to one question per audience member. White says the moderators selected the handful of questions heard during the debate.

Even after attending the debate, White says he still has to make up his mind.

"I'm still kind of deciding between Jill Stein and Hillary Clinton,” he says. “The state I live in, Missouri, is pretty deeply red, there's very little chance of it going blue for this election. I don't really want to throw away my vote in the Electoral College and vote for Hillary Clinton. I'd kind of prefer to give it to Jill Stein and help her reach the five percent that she needs to get Federal Election Commission funding."

White did snap a photo with Hillary Clinton after the debate. Cell phones and digital cameras were not allowed during the debate so the members of the audience were each given a digital camera. White’s photo with the former Secretary of State is currently being developed. He says he’s waiting to see how it turned out.