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Iran, Libya likely to play big role in final debate

PHOENIX — The third and final presidential debate is set for Monday in Boca Raton, Fla., and it will focus on foreign policy.

Foreign policy expert Paul Kinsinger with the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale said foreign policy should be President Obama’s strongest suit.

“The Obama team is the in-team because they’re dealing with it on a regular basis.” For example, Kinsinger said, ending the war in Iraq and the killing of Osama bin Laden.

But the administration has been under a great deal of criticism for the handling of the killing of four Americans, including an ambassador, in Libya on Sept. 11.

Kinsinger said Mitt Romney needs to measure his words carefully regarding foreign policy and not box himself into a position that he may well have to back down from if elected president.

“The Romney team stirring up the debate around Iran and Libya is really about throwing red meat to the part of the party that is already behind him.”

Meanwhile, Valley pollster Bruce Merrill said on paper the president has the upper hand going into the debate.

“He’s been the commander in chief for four years and has a lot of foreign policy experience. Romney as governor has no international experience, no foreign policy experience.”