Hofstra debate could sway votes of students, faculty

UNIONDALE - As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney prepare for tomorrow's presidential debate at Hofstra University, some students and faculty say the stakes have never been higher for the two candidates. Both Obama and Romney will answer questions put forth by undecided voters in the style of a town hall meeting at tomorrow's debate. Student Robert Sampogne, who voted Democrat in 2008, says the debate could sway his decision. "The last debate really had me thinking," he says. "I'm kind of on the fence now."Likewise, Meena Bose, chair of presidential studies at Hofstra University, says both men need to appear genuine with the crowd."I think that the viewing audience will be unsympathetic if they appear at all dismissive or irritated with a question," she says.Island Vote Blog: Behind the Scenes at the DebateRoad closures for presidential debate at Hofstra UniversityVIDEO: First Presidential Debate - Part IVIDEO: First Presidential Debate - Part II

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