On Monday night at 9:00 pm EST, President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney will meet at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
The debate, moderated by Bob Schieffer, will focus on issues of foreign policy. Schieffer will ask the candidates about the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, changes in the Middle East, and future threats facing the nation.
The format of this debate is identical to the first presidential debate.
According to Third Way, the debate talking points will center around:
- The Middle East and new forms of terrorism
- The wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
- Israel and Iran
- The rise of China
- America's role in the world
While some of these topics were addressed in previous debates, in the last debate Romney is expected to highlight the ways in which he differs from President Obama. In an incredibly close race, Obama will need to play to his strengths, as far as foreign policy is concerned.
Generally, Romney and Obama seem to largely agree on matters of national security like the war in Iraq, U.S.-Pakistan relations, and the use of drones.
But there are significant differences on other matters. Paul Ryan and Joe Biden have already clashed over Afghanistan; Romney and Obama are expected to do the same tonight. Israel and Iran, particularly Iran's nuclear program, remain hot topics for debate. Romney has accused Obama of not doing enough for Israel, and not effectively dissuading Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Here at PolicyMic, Ezra Rosenberg writes, "Foreign policy has been a topic widely ignored this debate season, and as a result, is an area in which both candidates need to prove or reinforce their mastery."
The American populace is waiting breathlessly to see how it all plays out tonight.
Final Presidential Debate:
Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)
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