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New Yorkers Seek Substance, Facts In Second Debate

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As both presidential candidates prepare for their debate show-down on Long Island, many New Yorkers who spoke with NY1 earlier today say they're eager to hear detailed plans regarding job creation, healthcare and other hot-button issues. NY1's Natasha Ghoneim filed the following report.

With a cloud of criticism still hanging over President Barack Obama's previous debate performance, New Yorkers had some advice Tuesday morning.

"Be a little more aggressive, less on the defensive. Talk about jobs and getting the economy back on track," suggested one New Yorker.

On Tuesday night, audience members who say they're still undecided will get to grill the president and GOP candidate Mitt Romney at the town-hall style debate. When asked, New Yorkers had a wide range of topics they'd like to see brought up.

"What steps are the presidential candidates taking to get new jobs in New York," said one New Yorker.

"I'd like them to touch on gun control," said another New Yorker.

"What measures will they take to keep Medicaid and Medicare. I want them to expound on issues that matter to the little people," suggested a third New Yorker.

"They should cover something about the homeless. There are people sleeping in the ferry, sleeping in the streets," noted another New Yorker.

Fifty-nine percent of viewers who responded to a NY1 Snap Poll Tuesday morning said they plan to tune into the debate. With just three weeks left in the campaign the Obama and Romney camps are focusing on the undecided population.

"Right now I'm so up in the air. I'll watch both," said one undecided New Yorker.

Decided, undecided, Democrat or Republican, many people who spoke with NY1 seemed to agree that they want substance, not style from the candidates.

"Tonight they need to give facts. It's not about posturing and facial expressions. It's about content," said one New Yorker.

In NY1's random sampling, many people said they do not plan on voting, meaning voter turn-out will likely be a big focus for the campaigns as Election Day nears. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP