October 03, 2012 at 10:14 am
As the presidential candidates prepare for tonight’s face-off, their supporters are preparing to root on their respective candidates from afar with debate-watch events throughout the state.
The Obama campaign is using Wednesday’s event as an opportunity to engage supporters and recruit volunteers, hosting more than 4,000 debate watch parties across 50 states.
The Romney campaign, meanwhile, is holding 336 debate watch parties across 12 states. There will be 30 Romney events held in Florida this evening, many at BBQ joints and sports bars. Among other delights, Romney fans can enjoy hand-rubbed beef brisket, Corona beer-battered fish, and Outback’s famous, deep-fried Bloomin’ Onion as the verbal jousting unfolds.
The Obama events across Florida will take place at local campaign offices, college campuses, and restaurants equipped with large televisions. Parties registered with the Obama campaign will also get livestream access to exclusive post-debate reaction from Vice President Biden.
The debate starts at 9 p.m. Below is a partial list of watch parties happening across the state tonight.
Romney Debate-Watch Events:
Bru’s Room Sports Grill– 235 South Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Fritz and Franz Bierhaus– 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Big Game Waterfront Grill– 2500 Main Street, Ft Myers Beach , FL 33931
Veterans of Foreign Wars–802 Southeast 5th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Fat Cat Tavern, 16080 US Highway 19, North Clearwater, FL 33764
Outback Steakhouse– 3536 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608
Pizza Palace Jax–3928 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville , FL 32217
Skewers by Tento Brazilian Steak House, 880 A1A North Ponte, Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ–2240 South Hwy 77, Lynn Haven, FL 32444
Monterrey’s Mexican Grill– 5030 Bayou Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32526
Po’ Boys Creole Café– 224 East College Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Buffalo Wild Wings– 900 SR 436 Casselberry, FL 32707
Obama Debate-Watch Events:
OFA-Florida’s Sistrunk office– 1033 NW 6th St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311
UF Campus- Reitz Union–686 Museum Road, Gainesville, FL 32611
Northstar Substation– 119 E Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Paragon Grove 13 Theatres at CocoWalk– 3015 Grand Avenue, Miami, FL 33133
Legends Sports Bar & Grill– 1315 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806.
Duffy’s Restaurant– 225 N. Clematis Downtown, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Don Pedros–4942 US Highway 98, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
South Escambia OFA-FL Office– 2415 N Pace Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32505
Lakewood Ranch Town Hall– 8175 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, Bradenton, FL 34202
Paisanos Pizza’n Pasta Restaurant–6000 4th Street, North St. Petersburg, FL 33703
FSU Law School– 425 West Jefferson Street Tallahassee, FL 32301