Ann Romney in the brightly-colored BIKINI


Cooling off before the hot debate: Ann Romney relaxes on Florida beach as Mitt gets fired up for tonight’s last showdown with Obama

Ann Romney cooled off on a Florida beach this weekend as her husband got fired up for the final presidential debate.

As husband Mitt indulged in a beach football game between his staffers and invited reporters, Mrs Romney took advantage of the Florida sunshine in her fetching floral suit, going for a swim with her family at a public beach.

The 63-year-old wife of the Republican presidential candidate looked glamorous in the brightly-colored, halterneck suit with matching sarong on Delray Beach.

She splashed around in the water with her son Craig, his wife Mary and grandchildren, before she grabbed a towel and headed for a hired sun lounger surrounded by other families.

 Beach beauty: Ann Romney, 63, looked glamorous in a bright and flattering floral suit on the Florida beach this Sunday

Beach beauty: Ann Romney, 63, looked glamorous in a bright and flattering floral suit on the Florida beach this Sunday

Life's a beach: The mother-of-five (with her son Craig) looked delighted to be going for a dip

Life’s a beach: The mother-of-five (with her son Craig) looked delighted to be going for a dip

Mrs Romney went almost unnoticed as she milled around talking to family at the water’s edge although Secret Service were discreetly present.

Hours before they hit the beach, Mitt Romney and wife Ann were pictured attending church in Boca Raton  where she grabbed attention in a scarlet dress with full-length zip and chunky jewellery.

Although he did not attend the family outing, Romney organized a game of flag football between his staffers and pool reporters on Delray beach on Sunday.

The latest poll has Romney neck-and-neck with Obama as they each have 47 per cent of likely voters ahead of their debate this evening.

Monday’s face-off represents one of the last major opportunities for Obama and Romney to capture the attention of millions of voters – especially that small but sought-after group who haven’t yet made up their minds.

Laughter: Mrs Romney's daughter-in-law Mary affectionately ruffles her hair during the family day at the public beach

Laughter: Mrs Romney’s daughter-in-law Mary affectionately ruffles her hair during the family day at the public beach

Glamor: The Republican candidate's wife wraps up in a towel as she heads for a sun lounger with daughter-in-law Mary

Glamor: The Republican candidate’s wife wraps up in a towel as she heads for a sun lounger with daughter-in-law Mary

Family trip: The Romneys went almost unnoticed among other families at the Florida beach

Family trip: The Romneys went almost unnoticed among other families at the Florida beac

Part of the crowd: The Republican candidate's wife hired sun loungers at the beach surrounded by other families

Part of the crowd: The Republican candidate’s wife hired sun loungers at the beach surrounded by other families

Bold choice: Mrs Romney took some time to relax ahead of her husband's final presidential debate in Florida tonight

Bold choice: Mrs Romney took some time to relax ahead of her husband’s final presidential debate in Florida tonight

Inconspicuous: Ann Romney went virtually unnoticed on the Florida beach although the Secret Service were close at hand

Inconspicuous: Ann Romney went virtually unnoticed on the Florida beach although the Secret Service were close at hand

And while the former Mass

achusetts governor was relaxing on the beach, Obama was holed up in Camp David in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains.

The President had arrived on Friday to prep for the debate, a 90-minute encounter focused on international affairs.

Mrs Romney has given Michelle Obama, noted for her sartorial choices, a run for her money on the campaign trail.

Last week she attended the annual Al Smith dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York in a sweeping black and white gown and cape.

At the second presidential debate in New York, both Mrs Romney and the First Lady appeared in bright pink which fashion bloggers noted was in honor of breast cancer awareness month.

Mrs Romney has herself battled breast cancer and also spoke this weekend about her struggle with M.S., when she visited a Cuban restaurant in Florida.

Romney was diagnosed in 1998 with the incurable neurological disease, which attacks the central nervous system and immobilizes many of its victims.

Mrs Romney said she was an avid tennis player when she first started noticing her symptoms, which primarily affected her balance and coordination.

‘It was really tough on my balance,’ she said. ‘I couldn’t figure out what was going on.

‘That was sort of what was happening. I was trying to figure out what was going on, what was wrong with me.’

Master of ceremonies: Mitt Romney, who was at the beach separately from his wife, organized a game of flag football between the pool reporters who cover his campaign and his staffers

Master of ceremonies: Mitt Romney, who was at the beach separately from his wife, organized a game of flag football between the pool reporters who cover his campaign and his staffers

Steely-eyed: Mitt and Ann Romney were in Florida over the weekend, attending church on Sunday and preparing for the third and final debate on Monday

Steely-eyed: Mitt and Ann Romney were in Florida over the weekend, attending church on Sunday and preparing for the third and final debate on Monday

 

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