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Romney likely will force Obama to explain both his stance on the ongoing strife in Syria and his cool relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Romney also will argue that Iran is four years closer to a nuclear bomb. And, with the economy the top concern among voters, he could use the segment on China and trade to pivot back to a discussion about America’s economic strife.

Obama, meanwhile, will try to depict Romney as a foreign policy lightweight. The president’s top advisor, David Axelrod, on Sunday mocked the overseas trip Romney took this summer soon after securing the Republican nomination.

“We all remember his Dukes of Hazzard tour of international destinations over the summer, where he not only roiled countries that are not as friendly to us but also our best ally, Britain,” Axelrod said on NBC’s Meet the Press.

There will be at least one major talking point for Obama during this debate. Drawing laughs at a New York charity dinner on Thursday, the president offered a preview of his strategy that was meant in jest but likely contained more than a kernel of truth.

“Monday’s debate is a little bit different because the topic is foreign policy,” Obama said at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner for needy children. “Spoiler alert: We got Bin Laden.”

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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