Oxford prepares itself for Presidential debate

OXFORD, MS (WMC-TV) - Oxford, a town of about 19,000 people is just four days away from the first Presidential debate. Tens of millions will be watching, and the small town is getting ready.

Randy Yates owns Ajax. He has hanging bunting, even changing the light bulbs without expectations.

"I don't know cause nothing ever really like it has happened before," Yates said.

Across the downtown square, Melanie Ladner and Anne Asger are senior citizens volunteers perched around town for debate week. They cannot wait to offer advice.

"Find places to eat, things to see. We have two pages full of restaurants to recommend to people," Ladner said.

On campus, an auditorium full of students cannot wait to collect information. Gathering it in from experts during a pre-debate discussion about the economy.

Dr. William Shugart said the race for the White House teeters on the current financial atmosphere, the trillions of dollars worth of government bailouts, and how to fix it.

"The plate for the next president is going to be full just from those two things," Shugart said.

Decisions that will start being made in Oxford.

And while some prepare mentally, others prepare the town.

The volunteers are handing out restaurant lists and tourist guidebooks. They will also point you to the Ford Center, where the debate is going to be.

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