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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama will face off in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead.

Hudson Valley political experts on debate

Political experts from the Hudson Valley offer their opinions on the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead. (Oct. 16, 2012)

Evan Stavisky is one of the Northeast's best-known
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Evan Stavisky is one of the Northeast's best-known political and Democratic strategists. Formerly special projects director of the New York Public Interest Research Group, and legislative chief of staff, he was a key organizer of the 1992 Democratic National Convention that nominated Bill Clinton for president. (Oct. 16, 2012)

Martin Shaffer joined the Marist College faculty as
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Martin Shaffer joined the Marist College faculty as an assistant professor of political science in 1994, and he served as chairman of the Political Science Department from 2001 to 2007, overseeing a period of significant growth in that department. He teaches a variety of courses in American politics, including History of the American Presidency, Congress Today and Scope and Methods of Political Analysis. He has published articles in scholarly journals, including Policy Studies Review and Presidential Studies Quarterly, and is a frequent Op-Ed writer for national and regional publications. His articles usually focus on presidential and congressional elections. (Oct. 16, 2012)

Christopher Malone is a professor and chairman of
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Christopher Malone is a professor and chairman of the political science department at Pace University in New York. Malone is an expert on presidential elections and voting. He is a contributing author to the Law and Politics Book Review and regularly analyzes politics for "Good Morning Hudson Valley," USA Today, The New York Times and WINS 1010 radio in New York City. He also has been quoted in more than 100 news articles on presidential politics and has appeared on local New York City television news shows analyzing presidential politics. (Oct. 16, 2012)

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Dr. Lisa M. Burns is a former broadcast
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Dr. Lisa M. Burns is a former broadcast journalist and professor of communications/media studies at Quinnipiac University. She teaches courses including Media History; Media Influence; Sports, Media & Society; Political Communication; and Introduction to Media Communications. Her book, "First Ladies and the Fourth Estate: Press Framing of Presidential Wives," was published by Northern Illinois University Press in August 2008. She also has published several journal articles and book chapters on first ladies. Her research interests include media history, political communication (particularly media coverage of U.S. first ladies and presidents), public/collective memory and media criticism. (Oct. 16, 2012)

Mike Edelman is is a political commentator and
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Mike Edelman is is a political commentator and Republican consultant based in Westchester County. He is a partner in the Worby, Groner and Edelman personal injury law firm. (Oct. 16, 2012)

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