5 Things to Watch For in Tonight's Foreign Policy Presidential Debate

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Tonight, President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney face-off one last time for a debate on foreign policy. With the election in a dead heatjust 15 days before election day, this debate could have more impact than anyone could have ever imagined. This will be interesting, coming on the heels of Obama’s knock-out during last week’s discussion about the Benghazi attack and Romney-Ryan ticket's inexperience in foreign policy. Then again, the president himself had a lackluster performance during the first debate, which seems like ages ago. But if we’ve learned anything over the past three weeks, it’s that these debates have been full of surprises.

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Five Things to Watch For in the Foreign Policy Presidential Debate

Will we ever leave Afghanistan and Pakistan
? This topic came up during the Vice-Presidential Debate, as well as last week’s Presidential Debate. Is there or isn’t there a definite exit strategy for Afghanistan? Is the U.S. military pulling out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, as Vice President Joe Biden said? Will Romney agree with his running mate Paul Ryan, in that that the withdrawal date depends on other military factors?

Terrorism Last week, President Obama uttered his now famous, “Could you say that again, Candy?” in stating that the White House did in fact, call last month’s attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi an act of terrorism the day after the event. Romney may likely stick to his tactics from previous debates of making the Obama administration look murky and apologetic. Obama’s ace in the hand is Joe Biden’s favorite catch-phrase, “General Motors is alive and Osama Bin Laden is dead.”

The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World “Cheatin’ China” seems to be one of Romney’s stock lines to bring up when it comes to the U.S. economy, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he hits hard on the trade policies with the country. The President needs to hit on the outsourcing practices of Bain Capital, under Romney’s watch. And both candidates would do well to steer clear of the Yellow Peril rhetoric that so often comes into play when talking about relations with Asia. Where is Jon Huntsman when we need him?

Moderater Bob Schieffer Will he be a Jim Lehrer? Or a Martha Raddatz? One thing—he hasn’t been center stage in a pre-debate media circus, like Candy Crowley was, last week. On his regular Sunday morning slot hosting CBS’s “Face the Nation”, Schieffer mentioned he’s been studying up on foreign policy. And unlike the previous moderators, Schieffer released his potential topicsd ahead of time, perhaps in a pre-emptive strike against the inevitable post-show analysis of his performance.

Zingers and Internet Memes Big Bird, malarkey, and “binders full of women” have been the most memorable moments from the past three debates… so what can we look forward to this time?

The final Presidential Debate will take place at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Follow @BlogHerNews on Twitter for real-time tweets during the debate and check back afterwards for the breakdown.

News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs at HapaMama and A Year (Almost) Without Shopping.

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