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Final presidential debate: it’s all over but the voting

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President Barack Obama debates with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Oct. 22, 2012 at the start of the third presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney face off in another feisty debate last night at Lynn University in Boca Raton. Romney and Obama debated foreign policy, with a heavy focus on relations in the Middle East.

The candidates went in swinging, with Obama more aggressive than in the previous two debates, but they tended to agree on many foreign policy issues. Some post-debate analysis and a remark from Obama during the debate drew attention to Romney’s apparent “endorsement” of the President’s foreign policy. Although moderator Bob Schieffer tried to steer the conversation towards issues abroad, both candidates drew discussion back to domestic concerns and the economy, where their differences are more pronounced.

How will the foreign policy debate shape the election? Do Obama’s and Romney’s plans for foreign policy differ significantly enough to matter to voters? Which issues will resonate most now that the three debates are over?


Eugene Kiely, deputy director,, a project of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center

Mike Shuster, diplomatic correspondent and roving foreign correspondent, NPR News

Elizabeth Saunders, Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars & Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University

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