Preview of Tonight's Final Presidential Debate
BOCA RATON, FL (WENY) -- This race is a dead heat. We're in the final quarter and the game is tied. Whatever happens tonight could decide who's going to win the presidential election.
President Obama and Mitt Romney started debating in a swing state; Colorado. Then jabs moved to a Red State - Kentucky. A Blue State - New York. Now Florida
"Florida is, I guess you could call it, a purple state," said Obama supporter, AJ Mercincavage.
"I'd argue that Florida isn't a swing state - it's going to go red," counters Mark Spiro, a Romney Supporter at Lynn University in Boca Raton.
The presidential candidates are fighting until the very end. But at the site of their last debate - the rivalry is a lot more friendly.
Mark Spiro is president of the College Republicans - he supports Mitt Romney. A.J. Mercincavage is voting for President Obama, even though he was a stand-in for Romney during preps inside the debate hall. They're both 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," said Mercincavage.
"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," said Spiro.
President Obama's top advisors 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 Jim Messina, Obama Campaign Manager.
But our nation's first Director of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, 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," Ridge explained.
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 undecideds left that a lot of these "undecideds" are in effect people who aren't going to vote, I think. But the base has to be turned out," said Robert Watson, American Studies Professor at Lynn University.
The pressure is on for the candidates to give their best performaces. The debate begins at 9PM.