Hofstra Debate

A live blog of the events around the 2012 Presidential Debate at Hofstra University, as reported by Ashley Melfi '13 and graduate students David Guo and Sarah Tian.
hofstradebateinternational:

South Korean Main television network KBS (Korean broadcasting System) was ending their report on Debate 2012 as the last media in Spin Alley.
According to the televvion broadcasting from KBS at 7:30am this morning, South Korean anchor was saying, “It seems that Obama successfully won back voters! “
-Sarah

hofstradebateinternational:

South Korean Main television network KBS (Korean broadcasting System) was ending their report on Debate 2012 as the last media in Spin Alley.

According to the televvion broadcasting from KBS at 7:30am this morning, South Korean anchor was saying, “It seems that Obama successfully won back voters! “

-Sarah

hofstradebateinternational:

CNR (China National Radio) counted the number of the word “China” mentioned through the whole debate. Guess!

In total, Obama & Romney said word “China” for twenty two times!

China is always a hot issue!

-Sarah

Bye, Bye Debate Hall. In no time at all, the Debate Hall has been deconstructed. Each piece will be used in the next debate, so everything is numbered and set aside to be packed up. Strange to think in about a day’s time, the Hall will be a basketball court again. 

-Ashley Melfi ‘13

They don’t throw anything away

This time around, things are different than the 2008 debate. The political campaigns have left nothing behind. The Republican Spin Alley Signs were packed up in a crate this morning to be sent to Florida  When asked why, a Romney representative said, “We want to get more of the same people to come out for the Governor at the next debate.” Resourceful.

-Ashley Melfi ‘13

The morning after, and it isn’t pretty. There are still a few news crews doing wrap up shots and the furniture still stands, but the Media Filing Center has lost its luster. Journalists look tired and janitorial staff look anxious to get this mess cleaned up. The mood on campus is quiet. For what was the center of attention for the world less than 12 hours ago, Hofstra is now left alone, wondering what it did wrong. However, Hofstra didn’t do anything wrong; the debate was an utter success. The crews and props just have to move on to the next one, heading to Florida for the third and last debate.

-Ashley Melfi ‘13

Keyword: China

hofstradebateinternational:

“China” is certainly a hot topic during the debate tonight. We happened to interview politician from both sides after the debate in the Spin Alley. The recorder malfunctioned, but we tried our best to process the audio. Question: how many times did you hear the word “China” during the debate? (It ranks No. 9 in worldwide trends at this moment)

- David & Sarah

And That is a Wrap.

And its over, just like that. The days and hours leading up to to the debate seemed innumerable but now that it is finished, I wish it wasn’t. What an incredible experience this has been for Hofstra and its students. Never did I think coming to this school I would be in the same vicinity as Senator John Kerry or be interviewed for a Chinese television network, but it all happened in the same day. Helicopters swarmed campus, news cameras were EVERYWHERE and most Hofstra students got to engage in true political discussions and their voices were heard. Today is a day to remember for Hofstra and the rest of the nation.

-Ashley Melfi ‘13