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US Election: Third presidential debate

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US Election: Third presidential debate


The crucial swing state of Florida will be the battleground for the third and final US presidential debate.

Commentators generally agree that Republican Candidate Mitt Romney was stronger in their first exchange, while Obama was stronger in the second, and many tip the incumbent for this showdown which will focus on foreign policy.

“He has been very successful at taking out most of the leadership of Al-Qaida in Pakistan and Yemen in particular, including Osama Bin Laden, of course. He has also reduced the USD military footprint in the Middle East,” said Jordan Tama of the School of International Service, American University.

This was always going to be a tough debate for Mitt Romney who makes his strongest performances when he can talk about domestic issues and the economy.

It is in foreign affairs that Barack Obama has made his mark, moving far away from the policies of the previous government as James Mann of the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies explains:

“The Bush vision was to build up so much power that a leader of another country would be crazy to even try to match it. The Obama administration has pursued a much more modest version of American power”

Some might be watching for certain issues which are close to their heart here, but the candidates’ policies on things like the economy are much more likely to affect the vote.

For many there will only one point to look out for, who is the most likely to keep them safe?

There is no question that Obama, after the Bush years, has improved America’s standing in the world. He remains immensely popular in Western Europe, but considerably less in Eastern Europe. And in the Middle East, he is regarded as just another US president who failed to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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