"It is important we hear from those who are seeking to be our commander-in-chief and I’m quite proud of each of our candidates, who understand what’s at stake," Schultz said.
Many students agreed.
Bri Steirer, a senior and president of the Drake University Democrats, supports Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. She said all of the candidates must take care not to politicize the attacks.
We can come together, especially as a Democratic Party and work toward a solution to terrorism that doesn’t put us in a position of going into a way footing right away," Steirer said, who noted that Sanders' vote against the war in Iraq first attracted her to him.
Ben Verhasselt, also a senior, has yet to chose a candidate. He said he will factor the candidates' responses to questions about the attacks into his decision.
"What I’d be looking for is a balance between security and diplomacy," Verhasselt said. "I’d like to see Hillary cite her experience without bringing up Benghazi or past failures. I’d like a more active plan from Bernie. We don’t want to enter another war one day removed from what happened."