Foreign students keen on final debate

Published On: Oct 22 2012 05:57:32 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 23 2012 01:09:50 AM EDT
BOCA RATON, Fla. -

Lynn University students from foreign countries have a vested interest in the final debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Although many are unable to vote, many still have a keen interest in the debate. A little less than a third of the student population at Lynn University is an international student.

"U.S. policy, just in general, domestic policy, affects everywhere else in the world," said Ellen Chambers, Jr., of Australia.

"What's going to happen in the Middle East and how he will stop the Arab Spring," said Maan Alarrayed, Jr., of Bahrain.

"The politics of Latin America has been shaped over this past years," said Maria Lucero, of Ecuador.

Many students spoke about how events in the U.S. affected their homelands.

"It can help or get worse, our economy, so, 'And in Spain that's the number one topic right now.' Right,  yes," said Irene Calvo, of Spain.

"How many friends you know here know anything about Australian government," asked Local 10's Glenna Milberg.

"None," said Chambers.

The attention to the foreign policy issues likely to brought up during the debate among the American students was a little less.

"I think they have such a good life here that they don't care, but sometimes international students have seen other kind of lives around them," said economics professor Farideh Farazmand.

The attention given to the debate has picked their interest, too.

"All the money, all the talk shows, all the publicity, all the positive spin, the negative spin -- it's so dramatic, it's so interesting," said Mark Spiro, of England.