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Foreign policy debate turns to US economy

Monday - 10/22/2012, 9:51pm  ET

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Presidents Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are shifting their debate on foreign policy toward domestic issues that are foremost on voters' minds.

Obama turned questions during Monday's third and final debate around and made them about jobs and the economy. Romney, too, pivoted from foreign policy questions to his five-point domestic agenda for jobs and the economy.

At one point, debate moderator Bob Schieffer seemed exasperated. "Let me get back to foreign policy," he pleaded.

Obama answered one foreign policy question by talking about his education initiatives and criticized Romney's tenure as Massachusetts governor.

Romney, too, detoured stateside. When asked about America's role in the world, he shifted the talk to college students who are graduating without jobs.


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