Published: Nov 15, 2010 5:19 PM EST
Updated: Nov 15, 2010 2:19 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) - Some of Haiti's presidential candidates are in Miami to court Haitian-Americans' money and influence.

Nineteen candidates are on the ballot in Haiti's presidential election. All were invited to participate in a forum Sunday at Florida International University.

Five candidates showed up at a similar forum last month in St. Petersburg.

Haitian-Americans can't vote in the Nov. 28 election, but their financial support is critical in the impoverished Caribbean country. So, many of Haiti's candidates have been campaigning and fundraising in the large Haitian communities of Miami, Boston and New York.

Haitian political observers say the debates organized in the U.S. are something new as Haitian-Americans seek a larger role in the rebuilding of their homeland.