Long Islanders ready for presidential debate at Hofstra

The national spotlight is soon to turn to Long Island, as Hofstra University plays host to the Island's first ever presidential debate to take place on Wednesday.Hundreds of people are working furiously

News 12 Staff

Oct 13, 2008, 1:52 PM

Updated 5,752 days ago

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The national spotlight is soon to turn to Long Island, as Hofstra University plays host to the Island's first ever presidential debate to take place on Wednesday.Hundreds of people are working furiously to prepare for the final showdown between presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama. Workers have been moving technical equipment, arranging signs and running cables across the forum where the two candidates will meet. Meanwhile, some Long Islanders say they are hoping to hear answers on crucial topics like the economy and health care. Leg. Jon Cooper, Barack Obama's Long Island campaign manager, says preparing for the debate and fielding hundreds of ticket requests has been a whirlwind. He says he stopped taking names for tickets three weeks ago.Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), a McCain supporter, acknowledges Obama's strong lead in the polls but says McCain can use this debate to turn those numbers around. He says the financial markets are what's really at play behind a sudden surge in Obama's poll numbers. King says it's McCain who's in a better position to deal with the country's economic woes.News 12 Long Island will have full coverage of the event.


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