This is it -- the final presidential debate between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. After battling over domestic issues at the beginning of the month, and sparring in a town hall last week, the two candidates will take the stage Monday night at 6 p.m. PDT to focus on foreign policy.
The debate, hosted by Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., and moderated by longtime “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer, will be split among the following topics: America’s role in the world; the war in Afghanistan; worsening relations between Israel and Iran; the Middle East’s shifting political landscape; China’s rising prominence and what the world of tomorrow will be like.
Schieffer, in an interview with the Palm Beach Post, hinted that his moderation may be more forceful than that of his frequent debate bookend Jim Lehrer.
“If it gets off topic, I won’t hesitate to say, “Can we get back on subject?’” he said.
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The debate comes right on the heels of a number of polls, including NBC-Wall Street Journal and ABC-Washington Post, putting Obama and Romney right beside each other nationwide, heightening the importance of Monday night's dialogue.
Romney will be looking for a chance to bolster his foreign policy credentials, and to spur momentum in crucial swing states. For Obama, whose strength in foreign policy has recently been partially undermined by his administration’s response to the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Monday night's debate presents a chance to rally the country around its commander in chief.
After more than 65 million watched the second debate, and at least 67.2 million tuned in for the first, Monday’s proceedings face tougher competition for the country’s attention span, with ratings juggernaut “Monday Night Football” and the final game of the National League Championship Series both competing for viewers during prime time.
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