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South Florida Supporters of President Obama, Mitt Romney Get Ready for Debate

Romney supporter David Cardenas says his candidate is battle-tested

By Steve Litz
|  Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012  |  Updated 7:17 AM EDT
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South Florida supporters of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney prepare for the first debate between the two in Denver.

South Florida supporters of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney prepare for the first debate between the two in Denver.

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At the Obama for America field office in Kendall, the talk around the table Tuesday was focused on one of the biggest events of the 2012 campaign: Wednesday’s first presidential debate.

Florida State Rep. Dwight Bullard schooled Barack Obama supporters on what he calls the president’s accomplishments.

Campaign volunteer Leo Curiel left the roundtable discussion armed with information.

“I got a lot of good things, talking points, that I can bring back to FIU and actually share with my friends and members from the FIU College Democrats, so it’s really good,” he said.

Come Wednesday, all eyes will be on Denver for the presidential debate, the first of three this fall. It could be the best chance for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to get back on top in battleground states like Florida.

Romney has already been through bruising Republican primary debates, enduring scathing criticism from his own party mates.

Miami Romney supporter David Cardenas calls it battle-tested.

“If you can debate well next to Newt Gingrich, there's no question you can debate well against anybody in this country,” Cardenas said. “And Governor Romney showed he probably won seven out of nine of those presidential debates, so he's prepared for this.”

Romney spent eight days readying for the face-off and Obama three.

The 90-minute debate starts at 9 p.m. Topics will include the economy, health care, and the role of government.

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