President Barack Obama and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney will be debating one last time Monday night, head to head, at Lynn University in Florida, where they will discuss foreign policy.
“I think it’s going to be an important debate,” senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod told WTVR-CBS in Richmond, Va., on Sunday. “I don’t think any one event is decisive, even though being strong at home and building our economy is the No. 1 issue.”
The two candidates are running neck and neck in national and key state polls, so even a small tilt resulting from the debate could be decisive.
If tonight’s debate is anything like the last, 60 million or so viewers will see a heated confronation.
When debating Romney at Hofstra University last week, Obama essentially called Romney a liar multiple times and the Republican stumbled when questioning if the president had in fact called the attack in Benghazi, Libya, where four American soldiers died "terrorism."
After controversially being corrected by moderator Candy Crowley, Romney seemed to lose his footing.
The Benghazi terror attacks surely will be brought up again tonight, and if Romney is able to convince Americans that the attack happened as a result of Obama being a weak leader with a failed vision and an inability to understand the threats we face as a nation, it will be to his benefit.
If that’s an attack Romney tries, Obama will most likely tout that Osama Bin Laden was killed during his administration, and remind voters that Romney has no experience when it comes to dealing with foreign policy.
While Obama did have bin Laden killed, al Qaeda lives, so it will be instructive to see how the candidates approach the topic and who will handle it best.
Obama ended the unpopular Iraq war, and even though he sent more troops to Afghanistan in a "surge," he is now embarked on a plan to bring the troops home by the end of 2014.
Romney may counter by saying that although troops are being pulled out of those countries it doesn’t necessarily mean that America won.
With Election Day two weeks away, the outcome of tonight’s debate could determine the leader of the United States for the next four years.