Ahead of Thursday night's Florida Republican gubernatorial debate on Fox News Channel, Abby Huntsman was at Village Inn in Orlando to see how the locals feel about the political climate.

When asked about the looming vacancy in the Supreme Court, a Democrat named Ira said he is “not nervous at all" about what will follow, pointing out there will be more elections to come and "things will straighten themselves out."

"You never know which way the justices will rule when they get down to examining the law and the Constitution," he said, adding a future Supreme Court can always overturn a decision.


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His friend Wade, a Republican, emphasized that he and Ira always talk politics and disagree in a civil way. Wade said the country is headed in a "scary" direction if Americans with different viewpoints cannot coexist. 

"We appreciate each other, we respect each other. ... [America] is a family, it's a team and we have to compete against the rest of the world. ... We have to have civil discourse," he said.



“We are on two completely different sides of the spectrum but we’ll have these conversations,” Wade said.

Michelle, the wife of the restaurant's owner, said she's concerned about the heated rhetoric between Americans on opposite sides.

"I think the country is headed in the right direction, but there's a lot of division and sometimes it's a little frightening. It's a shame. .. People need to understand that if you want change, you have to vote," she said. 

Over the weekend, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called on people to harass Trump administration officials in public. Her controversial statement came after White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and her family were asked to leave a Virginia restaurant and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was confronted by protesters at a Mexican eatery in Washington, D.C.

When asked about the upcoming debate, Sean, a roller coaster technician, says that he is excited for the upcoming debate between Rep. Ron DeSantis and the state's agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam.

He said he's looking to hear about lowering taxes and "good conservative values."

Watch the clips above and don't miss the Florida debate TONIGHT at 6:30pm ET on Fox News Channel. 


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