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Local committee members looking forward to Presidential debate

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 02 2012 09:48:28 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 03 2012 04:06:49 AM CDT

Local politicians looking forward to presidential debate

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

The first of three presidential debates takes place Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST at the University of Denver in Colorado.

Tatiana Tooley, with the Allentown City Democratic Committee said “I need to hear his (Romney) role map, convince me. Convince a democrat that you got it right.”

Meanwhile State Republican Committeewoman, Wanda Mercado-Arroyo says she too is looking to hear detailed policy plans from Romney.

“I'm looking forward to the specifics about the plan that Mitt Romney will present to all of us in terms of the economy, government spending, healthcare energy independence and so forth,” said Mercado-Arroyo.

Despite the pressure, there has also been speculation as to who is better prepared for Wednesday night's debate.

In an interview with Fox News Sunday, senior campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said “Mitt Romney, I think, has an advantage because he's been through 20 of these debates in the primaries over the last year. He even bragged that he was declared the winner in 16 of those debates. So I think in that sense having been through this much more recently than President Obama, I think he starts with an advantage."

However, not everyone agrees. Tooley said Obama will have a leg up because, “Romney has been debating but he's been debating his peers that think just like him; therefore this debate tomorrow, he's going to have to come out of the box somehow.”

The first debate will focus on domestic policy and is expected to last 90 minutes.

Jim Lehrer, host of NewsHour on PBS will moderate.

WFMZ will air the debate live on television and on WFMZ.com starting at 9 p.m.