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President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, will square off Tuesday night in a "town hall" style debate at Hofstra University on Long Island. Melissa Russo reports.
President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney will answer questions from so-called "uncommitted" Long Island voters Tuesday night in a "town hall" style format for their second official debate of the campaign.
The audience of about 100 was recruited by the Gallup Organization, which picked a random sample of Nassau County residents. Each resident was asked a series of questions about voting status and candidate choice.
Uncommitted voters are those who either have no preference for Obama or Romney, or who may have a preference but are not committed and say there is still a chance they could vote for the other person.
The debate begins at 9 p.m. Several coin tosses decided the order of introductions and questioning; Obama will be introduced first and Romney will take the first question.
CNN's Candy Crowley is moderating the debate. The candidates will get two minutes to respond to a question and then each candidate will get one minute to follow up.