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October 24th, 2012
07:43 AM ET

Romney Campaign advisor Rep. Diaz-Balart: Romney will win Florida

The final presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney wrapped up Monday night with plenty to say about both the president and the GOP nominee’s views about foreign policy issues. But with only 13 days remaining before Election Day, it’s really all up to voters in key battleground states to determine the winner.

CNN narrows them to nine critical states: Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and New Hampshire. Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida is also Foreign Policy Adviser to Romney. He joins Zoraida Sambolin on “Early Start” from Miami to talk about the uncertainty of the race.

The latest polls show a virtually tied race in Florida, but Rep. Diaz-Balart says he feels “very confident that Mitt Romney will win Florida.” “And I think he’ll win with stronger numbers than people may suspect at this time,” he says.

Sambolin asks Diaz-Balart about critical demographics in Florida, starting with Latino voters. Recent polls show conflicting views of who the Latino community in Florida will vote. Rep. Diaz-Balart says “you’re starting to see a shift in the actual numbers of those who are likely to vote,” among Latinos in Florida.

Regarding women voters, Sambolin asks if Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s recent comments about rape being intended by God could hurt Romney’s chances with women. He recently shot a campaign ad for Mourdock. Diaz-Balart says the American voters are “smarter than that” and can separate Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate. “You can try to link controversial statements to the president or controversial statements to Mitt Romney, but the American people, frankly, they’re bigger and they’re smarter than a lot of times either politicians or members of the press believe that they are.”

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