Obama, Romney joust on Libya, Syria in foreign policy debate
By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) — President Barack Obama quickly struck out at Mitt Romney’s foreign policy inexperience during Monday’s presidential debate, with the Republican nominee defending his positions and promoting what he described as a thoughtful and comprehensive strategy to combat extremism.
The third and final face-to-face showdown occurred with the candidates neck-and-neck in national polls with 15 days until Election Day, and the race hinging on a handful of battleground states — particularly Ohio, Florida and Virginia.
According to the latest polls, Obama has a slight lead in Ohio. Romney is ahead in Florida and Virginia is a dead heat.
The former Massachusetts governor fielded the first question, on Libya, where extremists attacked the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi on September 11 and killed four Americans.
Romney applauded Obama’s efforts to kill Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders but insisted that “we can’t kill our…
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