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Explainer: Who Attended the Town Hall Debate?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney answered questions from audience members during a town hall style debate at Hofstra University. U.S. President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney answered questions from audience members during a town hall style debate at Hofstra University. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Nina Gonzalez was one of the audience members who posed a question at Tuesday’s presidential debate. She was among 100 undecided voters from Nassau County recruited by the Gallup polling agency.

Speaking on the Brian Lehrer Show, she said she got a call on her cell phone on a Tuesday night.

“They asked me various questions and they said I answered them correctly and then they invited me,” Gonzalez recalled.

Approximately 80 undecided voters were seated on stage. All final decisions about the audience and arrangements were made by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The CPD also gave Hofstra University a block of tickets. A university spokeswoman said 6,576 students entered the lottery for approximately 400 tickets. Both campaigns also received about the same number of tickets.

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