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Hofstra University To Host Presidential Debate October 16, 2012

University Hosting Presidential Debate for Second Time
Barack Obama and John McCain debate at Hofstra University on October 15, 2008 in Hempstead.(Photo credit: Gary Hershorn/AFP/Getty Images)

Barack Obama and John McCain debate at Hofstra University on October 15, 2008 in Hempstead.(Photo credit: Gary Hershorn/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There’s something about Hofstra.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that it had chosen Hofstra University for the site of its October 16, 2012 Presidential Debate, which will be in the “town meeting” format.

This isn’t the first time Hofstra hosted a presidential debate. The Hempstead university hosted the third and final presidential debate of the 2008 election cycle, between then Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, on Oct. 15.

“I am absolutely delighted that the Commission has chosen to return to Hofstra University for one of America’s most important political events,” said Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz. “It was an extraordinary experience for our students and faculty in 2008 and allowed our community to witness, first-hand, the democratic process. I am so pleased that another generation of Hofstra students will be able to witness history and become involved in an active and meaningful way.”

“Hosting the debate will allow us to showcase Hofstra University and Long Island, our nation’s first suburb, to a national and international audience,” said Rabinowitz. “We are looking forward to again welcoming journalists from around the world to our campus.”

The university will again use the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex as the venue for the debate, and the adjoining Mack Physical Education Building as home for the media center, which will host hundreds of journalists from around the world and all major networks, as well as supporting services for the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Extended video coverage of 2008 debate week and Educate ’08 highlights is available at http://www.hofstra.edu/debate/debate_media_gallery.html

Information about the 2012 debate schedule and site selection process may be found at http://www.debates.org