Presidential debate on foreign policy to focus on Middle East

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E) – Middle East issues dominate the third and last presidential debate on foreign policy scheduled next week, according to CBS News and the Commission on Presidential Debates.

CBS News anchor and debate moderator Bob Schieffer,said the topics are: “Red Lines – Israel and Iran,” “America’s role in the world,” Our longest war – Afghanistan and Pakistan,” “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism,” and “The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World.”

The subjects may changes because of news developments and may be set in any order, Schieffer said.

Under the rules of the Oct. 22 in Boca Raton, Florida, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney will have two minutes each to answer an initial question on each topic.

Meanwhile, Obama and Romney took a break from campaigning Sunday to prepare for their second debate set Tuesday in Hempstead, New York. Obama and his advisers will discuss debate strategies at luxury Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. Romney will be in the Boston area.

The town hall-style debate will also include foreign topics with CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley moderating.

Last week, Romney attacked Obama’s Middle East policy branding it as inferior to the country’s “best examples of world leadership.”

“We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds, when our defense spending is being arbitrarily and deeply cut, when we have no trade agenda to speak of, and the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but of passivity,” New York Daily News quoted Romney as telling cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington.

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