BOCA RATON, Fla. - President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are fighting to be the next leader of the free world. Meanwhile, there's another fight taking place among voters.
"Obama was given a chance and he hasn't performed", says Don Sider.
"When they go toe to toe, Obama will win," says Steve Brown.
It's the talk around the country and in Boca Raton, where old college buddies Don Sider and Steve Brown agree to disagree. But they know it's not a good idea to talk politics with just anyone.
"I avoid the conversation because I don't want to get into those heated debates," says Sider.
Psychologist Roslyn Malmaud says those heated debates are turning into arguments, and getting nasty. She says her patients have lost friends over this Presidential campaign.
"Friends, couples, if they're on different sides of the political spectrum they end up in arguments. They just have to decide they won't see each other until the election is over," says Dr. Malmaud.
The discussions are not only happening at coffee shops and outside campaign officers, they're even seeping into places where some thought politics were taboo.
"My friend got into it at mass the other day and I said 'We're before the cross, I'm not having this dialog here'," says Beverly Whitney.
Rabbi Efrem Goldberg says it's so bad, some of the members of his congregation have turned on one another.
"An incident in our synagogue, someone was sitting in prayer and another person came up to them and just because of their particular political orientation said, 'How could you be such a self-hating Jew?' This terminology is unacceptable, it shouldn't be part of our vocabulary," says Rabbi Goldberg at Boca Raton Synagogue.
Luckily for Don and Steve, they respect each other's views, even if they are on different sides of the aisle.
"I'm afraid Obama will win," says Sider.
"I'm not afraid of Obama winning," says Brown.
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