BOCA RATON, Fla. - Victor Vlam is a Dutch journalist, here to satisfy their country's love of American contact sport: politics.
"When we see those American attack ads, it's sort of like, what's happening there?" said Vlam.
He'll spend the next two weeks visiting every swing state and recording everything they hear.
"Dutch political people are looking at these elections for inspiration. So when you see in 2004, George W. Bush call John Kerry a flip-flopper, in the Dutch elections two years later, you saw the right wing politician call the left wings politician a flip-flopper as well," said Vlam.
There are 800 international reporting crews at Lynn this week.
Big turnout for a debate that could have a big impact in their own countries.
"The Chinese audience wants to know how the US is going to reflect on the Chinese currency manipulation, economic growth," said Daniel Lai, a reporter for Hong Kong Phoenix TV.
Radio France's reporter says her audience is most-interested to hear what the candidates will say about Iran, Israel and Libya, where French negotiators will be involved.
"When the US catches a cold, we sneeze," said reporter Fabienne Sintes.
One thing many of the foreign crews pointed out: the American elections get a lot more ink there than their elections do here.
"It's sort of the spectacle of the American election. It's so big, it's huge. People enjoy it like they would a sport," said Vlam.
Vlam says that in the Netherlands, presidential campaigns last for two-and-a-half weeks and cost $7 million total!
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