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U.S. presidential debate finale expected to draw wide attention

By Ran Wei, Zhi Linfei (Xinhua)

08:11, October 23, 2012

BOCA RATON, United States, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- In a few hours, U.S. President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney are due to start their third and last presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, which will be focused on the U. S. foreign policy.

Analysts expected the debate finale to draw wide attention from both the American voters and the media, given the neck-to-neck presidential race right now.

FINALE OF PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

In the first presidential debate on Oct. 3, Obama's lame performance shocked most people, in sharp contrast with Romney's commanding delivery. The rather surprising development wiped away Obama's once comfortable lead in the presidential race and shifted the momentum to the side of Romney.

In a bid to alter the dynamics, Obama, in the second debate, took to the combat mode, launching aggressive attacks on Romney. The strategy seemed to have worked, with most observers agreeing that Obama, more or less, outperformed his rival.

According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Sunday, Obama is now tied with his challenger Romney on public support, as they will head into the third and final presidential debate.

Among likely voters, the candidates are now tied at 47 percent for both in a race that appears on track to be one of the closest in U.S. history, said the Wall Street Journal.

Traditionally, foreign policy is low on Americans' list of concerns. However, given the dead-heat presidential race, both candidates are under enormous pressure to secure a triumph in the debate finale.

Kevin Ross, president of the debate host Lynn University, told Xinhua in an interview that because this debate will be the last face-to-face exchange between the two candidates before the Nov. 6 election, it is bound to draw unprecedented attention.

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