At the Hofstra debate, Jews with questions


Last night’s presidential debate was held in Long Island’s Nassau County, so it’s not surprising that Jews would be represented among the folks asking questions.

But they seemed so well-represented that the Forward’s Gal Beckerman dubbed the event the “Long Island Jewish Community Center Debate.” Among the 10 questioners, I counted four with obviously Jewish names (which, of course, doesn’t mean that they’re necessarily Jewish, and doesn’t mean that some of the other questioners aren’t Jewish).


Coincidentally, all four of them posed their questions first to Mitt Romney.

Jeremy Epstein, a 20-year-old college student, asked Romney: “What can you say to reassure me, but more importantly my parents, that I will be able to sufficiently support myself after I graduate?”


Susan Katz asked Romney to explain his differences with President Bush, whom she said she blamed for many of the country’s international and economic problems.


Carol Goldberg asked Romney what he would do about outsourcing of American jobs.


And Barry Green had the final question, asking the two presidential candidates to describe the greatest misconception that Americans have of them.


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