DENVER (CBS4)– Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican representing Colorado Congressional District 4, believes the presidential debate at the University of Denver will show the candidates’ true colors.

“I think it’s very clearly drawing a picture of America with Mitt Romney versus an America that has been through Barack Obama,” said Gardner during an interview with CBS4’s Alan Gionet on the CBS4 Morning News Wednesday.

Gardner also said he believes America will see a different side of Romney than they have in the past.

“This is his chance to tell the American people about his plan to get the middle class back to work, to improve the economy and to draw a very sharp contrast between himself and the past four years of failed policies the president has overseen,” said Gardner.

He also believes the polls don’t offer an accurate snapshot of voters in Colorado.

“I think it’s natural to have seen the bump after the convention. That’s going away right now for President Obama. As the debate draws closer, as people begin to actually receive ballots in the mail it’s going to become even closer. That’s why this race is only just beginning. This is anybody’s game. In Colorado it is close but I do think Mitt Romney has the edge,” said Gardner.

The debate will spend a lot of time focusing on the economy. Gardner said this will work well for Romney who plans to outline his plan for the country.

“You’ve got 23 million people out of work, 47 million people in this country on food stamps, over the last four years the middle class has lost $4,500 in income. There are a lot of people who want to hear the answers about what these two men are going to do to make their family’s ends meet, to help them make their mortgage payment, in terms of having good income from their jobs, a good paying job for themselves and their family. That’s what it’s going to be a discussion on. Forty-five minutes won’t seem like much time in the heart of the debate,” said Gardner.


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