Published: Oct 18, 2010 3:32 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 18, 2010 12:32 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Haitian presidential candidates courted Haitian-Americans' money and influence in a debate at a Tampa Bay college.

Haiti's presidential elections are scheduled to be held Nov. 28. There are 19 candidates seeking to become president of the Caribbean country struggling to recover from a January earthquake that killed as many as 300,000 people and left more than 1.5 million homeless.

Five candidates participated in a forum Saturday at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. It was broadcast live online to more than 160 radio stations in the U.S., Canada, France, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Haitian-Americans cannot vote in their homeland, but they can raise money for candidates and influence their friends and family in Haiti.