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Local voters have high expectations for presidential debate

People all over the country are looking forward to watching Wednesday night’s debate and that’s no exception in eastern Idaho.

In fact, Local News 8 caught up with three people from across the political spectrum who want to see the candidates face-off on specific issues.

Reporter Jessica Crandall found these voters, who are from very different sides of the aisle, aren’t looking for personal attacks.

They want President Obama and Mitt Romney to clearly outline their platforms.

Jim Francis is an independent voter recently turned democrat.

Right now he’s favoring Obama, but in Wednesday’s debate he wants to see Romney explain his plan for the country.

“Mitt Romney I am unsure of because I see so many different statements from the time he was governor of Massachusetts and the various ways he’s moved,” said Francis.

Is there any way Romney can win his vote? That’s still up in the air.

“I honestly would have to see all three debates before I could answer that,” said Francis.

Jen Ramsey is an independent voter who looks at each candidate and not necessarily party affiliation.

“I guess I like to go more independent, so that I’m not in a cubby hole,” said Ramsey.

She’s sick of attack ads and just wants to hear about the issues that make a difference in her life every day.

“I want to hear specifically how they are going to work on the economy to bring us out of the worst depression we’ve had in years. I want to know exactly what kinds of jobs they’re thinking of creating,” said Ramsey.

Republican Jeff Townsend believes Obama will try to put a slant on the Romney campaign.

“I think he’s going to try to run against President Bush. I think he’s going to try to paint Mitt Romney as somewhat of a clone of President Bush,” said Townsend.

Is there anything that can persuade him to vote against Romney?

“No, absolutely not,” said Townsend.

Wednesday night Local News 8 will have a debate watching party and we’ll let you know how Townsend, Ramsey and Francis react.

The debate starts at 7 p.m. on Local News 8 and channel 3 Eyewitness news

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