Mitt Romney, Barack Obama arrive before debate

Published On: Oct 22 2012 12:17:33 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 22 2012 01:40:19 AM EDT

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney arrive at Lynn University for the third and final debate.


President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney arrived at Lynn University on Monday for the third and final debate.

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Air Force One touched down at Palm Beach International Airport about 1:30 p.m.

A little earlier, Romney's motorcade arrived. His campaign tweeted several photos of Romney touring the auditorium where the debate will be held, including one of the former governor sitting at the desk. After his walk through of the auditorium, he took his sons out for a burger.


The debate will focus on foreign policy, including the recent terrorist attack in Libya.

"What does the president need to say tonight about why they couldn't keep their story straight," Local 10 Senior Political Reporter Michael Putney asked U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton.

"I think the president has been clear. He's been clear from the moment after this tragedy that this terrorist attack will be investigated, that they will figure out what happened, and that the people who did this will be brought to justice," said Deutch. "If you look at what he said he's going to do and what he's done, our country is safer, stronger -- it's more secure as a result."

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The threat of Iran to the United States will also be front and center. Romney is expected to put the president on the defensive.

"Iran has had now four years of virtual free reign in expanding and developing its nuclear weaponry," said John Gununu, an advisor to Romney. "It's a critical part of the world, and probably, most simple answers on either side are wrong. It really needs someone who can deal with complex questions. That's what Mitt Romney can do. He's shown that in private sector and as governor."

"When it comes to Iran, the greatest threat Israel faces, I expect that he'll point out that he's been able to unify the world against the Iranian nuclear program," said Deutch. "The fact is that their economy is in shambles because of the sanctions."

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott was confident in his party's candidate ahead of the debate.

"This is going to be a state Governor Romney that is going to win. He's going to win because he's doing exactly what I did in 2010 -- he's talking about jobs and creating jobs. That's why he's going to win this debate tonight," said Scott.

Haiti and Cuba are not expected to come up in the debate. Gununu said the edge should go to President Obama.

"The only thing that might minimize the edge is the fact that he's skipped 60 percent of his presidential daily briefings from the interactions with the CIA briefing, and that's a big problem," said Gununu.

President Obama has said he reads every briefing from the CIA despite whether he is briefed in person.


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