2008 Debate on Long Island

Hofstra University is New York’s only hope for playing host to a 2008 presidential debate.

Of the 19 formal applications sent to the Commission on Presidential Debates from around the country, only one, according to a statement sent out by the Long Island university, will give Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani the chance to play on their home field.

Hofstra is proposing its David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex as the venue for the debate.

UPDATE: Political consultant Joseph Mercurio isn’t sold on the idea of a presidential debate on Long Island:

“It’s a more affluent, more educated, more conservative version of New York City,” he said, “but it’s no Iowa.”

–Jason Horowitz