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US presidential candidates prepare for final showdown

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US presidential candidates prepare for final showdown

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The crucial swing-state of Florida will be the battleground for the third and final US Presidential debate, which will focus on foreign policy.

As the incumbent, President Obama should have the advantage on this issue. He should also arrive well armed after Romney made a series of gaffs during international visits this summer.

Also Romney’s so called “Libya Moment” at the end of the last debate, where he falsely accused President Obama of failing to identify the killing of a US diplomat in Benghazi as a terrorist attack will weaken his position.

But John Hudak an analyst from the Brookings Institution thinks this could still be a point of attack for Romney:

“I think it presents Governor Romney an opportunity. If he can knock the president of this pedestal, the one that he essentially built for himself on Libya, it’s the governor’s greatest opportunity. He can show there is weakness in Obama’s foreign policy and he can exploit that.”

This was always going to be the riskiest of the three showdowns for Romney. The Former Governor of Massachusettes and ex-businessman is seen as out of his comfort zone when not focused on domestic or economic matters.

With polls currently showing the two candidates neck-and-neck, both on around 47 percent, the last debate could prove decisive.