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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The first presidential debate of the 2012 election is Wednesday, and it's not just the candidates that go through the election cycle -- their families come along for the ride as well.

Ann Romney talked to First Coast News' Shannon Ogden on Tuesday about how her husband has been doing debate prep, and how she's been coping with her multiple sclerosis while being on the campaign trail.

"I know your viewers know this ... that I have multiple sclerosis and I have to be careful with my energy. I'm able to figure that out and manage it pretty well. I can't stay on the trail like Mitt does. The grueling pace that he keeps, I can not do. They pop me out and then give me a rest for a day or two," she said.

Mrs. Romney said she wishes her husband would mix up what kind of tie he will wear at the debate, but she said he has been hard at work preparing.

"Well, I know my husband so well and I've seen how he prepares for everything. He's very thorough. He's very focused. He's a very competent guy, very capable, very bright. I have all the confidence in the world, he'll do a great job," she said.

If her husband does win the White House, Mrs. Romney said she looks to Abigail Adams as a role model for what kind of First Lady she'd like to be.

"You know, I go back to loving so many first ladies. Abigail Adams may be at the top of my list. Just from history we know so much about her and I just love her so much," she said. " ... She's a Bay stater, another Massachusetts woman who was so devoted to her husband, so intelligent and such a patriot. But of course I've got other role models: Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, you know I think they're charming. And this first lady is doing a great job as well."

Firstcoastnews.com will carry a live stream of the debate beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday. It will also be broadcast on WJXX-ABC 25 and WTLV-NBC 12.