Preview of 3rd Debate Between President Obama and Mitt Romney

| by Michael Allen

Tonight's debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida between President Obama and his GOP challenger Mitt Romeny will be the third and final debate. Most polls gave Romney the first debate and President Obama the second one.

Eight national tracking polls released since Saturday have the presidential race at a near deadlock. Three of the polls give a slight edge to Romney, three give the edge to President Obama and two show an exact tie, so this debate could be a game changer.

The debate tonight will focus on foreign policy, an area where President Obama has been strong, with the exception of the recent attacks on the U.S. embassy in Libya, which Republicans have tried for weeks to blame the president for.

Several conservative publications have advised Romney to be more like President Ronald Reagan during this final debate.

The Wall Street Journal wrote:

Mr. Romney can help himself by offering a serious critique of Mr. Obama's foreign policy that doesn't descend to clichés (e.g., "I won't ever apologize for America"), and by laying out a vision that answers the needs of both the national interest and the self-interest of everyday Americans.

...Ronald Reagan understood that before he could defeat the Soviet Union he had to show again the superiority of the American model of economic freedom. The U.S. military will inexorably and rapidly shrink without growth of 3% or more. This theme is right in Mr. Romney's wheelhouse.

William Kristol of the Weekly Standard said Romney needs to "speak for America" as Reagan did:

It means praising our soldiers and our Marines, our diplomats and our intelligence professionals. It means finding something to praise in the actions of President Obama (perhaps his authorization of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden) and someone to praise among Obama's appointees -- perhaps Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her tireless travels on behalf of the nation and for stepping forward to take responsibility for the tragic failure to provide security in Benghazi.

However, former head of the RNC Michael Steele said on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' today that "no one gives a damn" about President Obama's foreign policy successes, reports MediaMatters.org.