LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - With the second Republican presidential debate just hours away Wednesday, East Texans weighed in on the matter.
"It let's voters hear the candidates and make a decision for who they will vote for," State rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, said. "it's too early for me to decide on a favorite right now."
With a packed floor and little time to answer, Angelina County Republican chairman bob Flournoy said it is important for the candidates to make an impact.
"The issues are bigger than what they answer with," Flournoy said. "it will be important for them to get an answer out and not just ideas."
Donald Trump and Ben Carson appear to be the clear front runners in the debates. Flournoy said he believes CNN could have an agenda at the debate.
"CNN, the liberal media, want to see that Trump will be the nominee because I think they think they can beat him easily," Flournoy said.
Flournoy believes Carson will pull out in front in the near future and has the best chance to be the nominee against either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. Flournoy does not feel Trump could represent the country.
"Well, he's a blowhard," Flournoy said. "He's got a lot of things that he is bringing attention to, but he doesn't have any real answers. I do think whoever wins this needs to listen to the people that are speaking through Trump. The American people are fed up with the establishment and they have latched onto Trump. When he is out, I see his supporters backing Senator Ted Cruz."
Students in Angelina County are also hesitant of standing behind Trump.
"What I think is going to happen is another candidate is going to come up and he is going to pass off his support to that candidate like Hillary did with Obama," Jacob Hopkins said.
"I do think that he is going to split the vote a little bit, and he might be the reason someone might lose the presidency," Sarah Clover said.
The second debate will air on CNN Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m.