Candidates seek foreign policy edge in 3rd debate

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Associated Press

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 22 at 11:06 AM

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — The polls show the race to be a tie as President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney meet face-to-face for their final debate tonight. And, as Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter says, "it really now comes down to that small segment of undecided voters."

She told NBC's "Today" show, "The ground game is incredibly important at this point." But she added, "We feel pretty good about where we are."

Tonight's debate will focus on foreign policy -- and the issue of Iran's nuclear program is certain to be addressed. Romney campaign foreign policy adviser Dan Senor told NBC today that Romney's approach to Iran is that "we've got to reach a diplomatic solution." He said the Obama administration's policy on Iran for the past four years hasn't discouraged Tehran from moving forward with its nuclear ambitions.

Republicans over the weekend accused Obama of leaking word of possible negotiations with Iran for political gain.

Throughout the campaign, foreign policy has been an Obama strength -- but some recent polls show his advantage narrowing. A Pew Research Center poll last month found that 47 percent of those surveyed favored Obama to make "wise decisions about foreign policy," while 43 percent preferred Romney.

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APPHOTO WX108: FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama arrives at a campaign fundraiser at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. Obama and Mitt Romney are engaged in an all-out effort to court women in the campaign's closing weeks, knowing that women could help determine the winner in a series of toss-up states. Women have emerged as the pivotal voting bloc in the aftermath of the second presidential debate, where Obama and Romney sparred over contraceptives and pay inequality. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) (11 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO WX107: FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2012, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event in front of a barn at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, Va. President Barack Obama and Romney are engaged in an all-out effort to court women in the campaign's closing weeks, knowing that women could help determine the winner in a series of toss-up states. Women have emerged as the pivotal voting bloc in the aftermath of the second presidential debate, where Obama and Romney sparred over contraceptives and pay inequality. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) (17 Oct 2012)

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