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President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney face off for the final time in the third of three Presidential Debates from Lynn University in Boca, Florida on Monday night. The debate is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream right here on The Christian Post via the video player below.
With just a few weeks until the Presidential Election the latest Gallup tracking poll released Monday shows Romney with a seven percentage point lead, the largest lead for Romney of any recent national poll.
Numerous other polls also show Romney in the lead, but there are also others that show Obama in the lead, and in particular in key swing states there are numerous polls that show the president with the slight edge going into tonight's debate.
Ordinarily presidential debates do not significantly change the direction of presidential campaigns, however, when the race is so tight the smallest changes can swing the margins in favor of one or the other candidate. That could make tonight's contest more important than usual.
Romney was widely reported to have won the first debate three weeks ago when Obama was criticized for an overly passive performance. However, two weeks later the president came out swinging in the second debate and the discussion turned into a tight battle with both candidates getting in some good hits on their opponents.
Now with just a few weeks left until the Election Day, the two presidential candidates will debate foreign policy at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
The debate will be moderated by NBC correspondent Bob Schieffer, and will be broadcast live on ABC, NBC, Fox, CBX, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and CNN Espanol. The live stream on this site will begin pre-debate coverage and analysis from 8 p.m. ET.
The Commission for Presidential Debates has posted on its website the specific issues that will be addressed on Monday night's foreign policy debate. They are as follows:
-America's role in the world
-Our longest war - Afghanistan and Pakistan
-Red Lines - Israel and Iran
-The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism - I
-The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism - II
-The Rise of China and Tomorrow's World
The debate, as the first two meetings, will last for 90 minutes and be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes.
The second debate took a town hall style, with members of the audience being selected to ask questions directly to the candidates. Today's third debate will revert back to the style of the first debate, with the moderator opening each segment with a question followed by each candidate being given two minutes to respond. They will then go on to open the floor between the candidates to debate the points presented by each.
There will be no opening statements by either candidate, but both will be given the opportunity to give a final two minute closing statement, where they will plead for the American people to vote for them in two week's time.
NBC correspondent Bob Schieffer is an experienced moderator, and has previously moderated debates with George Bush, as well as the Barack Obama vs John McCain debate four years ago. Schieffer has been with CBS News for more than 40 years, joining them in 1969.
The third Presidential debate will commence at 9 p.m. ET with pre-debate coverage beginning from 8 p.m. ET. All the action can be watched online through live stream via the video player below.