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Preparation for final presidential debate

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(10/22/12) - The presidential debate is a dead heat. We're in the final quarter and the game is tied.

Whatever happens at the final presidential debate on Monday could decide who's going to win the election.

They started debating in a swing state - Colorado. Then jabs moved to a Red State - Kentucky.

A Blue State - New York, and now Florida.

"Florida is, I guess you could call it, a purple state," said AJ Mercincavage, Obama supporter.

"I'd argue that Florida isn't a swing state - it's going to go red," said Romney supporter Mark Spiro.

The presidential candidates are fighting until the very end. But at the site of their last debate, the rivalry is a lot more friendly.

Spiro is president of the College Republicans - he supports Mitt Romney. Mercincavage is voting for President Obama, even though he was a stand-in for Romney during preps inside the debate hall.

They're looking forward to the foreign policy showdown.

"I think it plays to Obama's strength having gotten Osama bin Laden and a lot of other terrorists. But I think it's probably the least partisan of the issues. I think they probably agree most in this debate," Mercincavage said.

"The president has four years experience of being leader of the free world. The governor can't compete with that. But what he has done is he's had businesses around the world, he knows how jobs move, he knows globalization, his experience with the Olympics bringing world communities together," Spiro said.

President Obama's top advisers tell us he's ready.

"The president promised to get out of Iraq. Did. Promised to start winding down Afghanistan. Did. Promised to hold our enemies accountable. Did. We have a very strong record on foreign policy and we look forward to that debate," said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina.

But our nation's first director of homeland security is slamming what he calls the president's weak style.

"It's better to be respected than liked. This policy of trying to engage everybody in a conversation has failed miserably," said Tom Ridge, (R) Former Homeland Security Secy.

Lynn University American studies professor, Robert Watson, thinks the foreign policy topic favors President Obama, but the sit down format gives Romney the advantage.

Either way - only votes will propel one candidate ahead of the other in the final days of the election.

"At this point, there are so few undecided's left that a lot of these "undecided's" are in effect people who aren't going to vote, I think. But the base has to be turned out," Watson said.

One adviser said this whole debate process has been like an obstacle course for the candidates.

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