BOCA RATON, Fla. ( – Lynn University in Boca Raton will be the center of the presidential universe next October.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that the school will be one of the hosts of the three debates during the general election in 2012. The debate participants will be President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger.

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“The eyes of Americans and all people around the world will be on both Florida and Lynn University during the critical last few days of the 2012 presidential election,” Congressman Allen West said in a statement. “I have no doubt that Lynn will rise to the occasion and make all of South Florida proud.”

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The other presidential debate sites will be the University of Denver on October 3 and Hofstra University on October 16. A vice-presidential debate will be held on October 11 at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

If one of the sites runs into any problems, especially given the debate will be held during hurricane season in Florida; the backup site will be Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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