DANVILLE — A Centre College student from Lawrence County will be in the audience Thursday when Joe Biden and Paul Ryan square off in the vice-presidential debate at the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville.
Brent Kline, of Louisa, was one of 100 students whose name was drawn on Wednesday afternoon from a student ticket lottery. Kline, a senior who is studying religion, said he was planning to drive home for fall break with his brother, sophomore Brice, before the drawing took place but decided to stay just in case.
“I’m excited, that I will get to see the debate. I didn’t think any students would actually get to see the debate so I’m super excited to watch,” he said.
The debate isn’t likely to sway Brent Kline, who has already made up his mind who he’s going to vote for in November.
“I am Llibertarian. So, I’ll probably be voting on a Libertarian ticket or possibly a Constitution Party ticket. I do hope to see a good debate but I’m not getting my hopes up too high. I don’t have a lot of faith in politics but I am excited to go,” he said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, especially for the community and the college. It is going to be really cool just to be part of the atmosphere.”
Brice Kline, who is also studying religion but on a pre-med track, didn’t even enter the lottery.
“It doesn’t add that much to be there in person,” he said. “I’m going to be watching from a safe distance back at home, so I will be able to hear the arguments but I just won’t have the same feeling of crowd participation. To me that just isn’t as important as actually hearing what is being said, and sort of analyzing the argument.”
The number of tickets set aside for students – enough for 10 percent of the college’s population - was a “fortuitous” surprise to Brent Kline and others including Centre President John Roush. Roush said just before the drawing late Wednesday afternoon that the college had expected only 30 students would get tickets.