Here's the lead of the AP story previewing tonight's debate: WASHINGTON (AP) -- Voters care much less about global problems than they do about the economy, but Monday's debate on foreign policy still matters in a way that could tilt the election. This is the night for President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney to leave a lasting impression about leadership.
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Here's the top of the running AP story on the debate: BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Republican Mitt Romney says he praises rival President Barack Obama for ordering the raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but adds that the United States "can't kill our way out of this mess" of religious extremism.
Romney opened Monday's third and final presidential debate by criticizing Obama's policies toward Islamic extremism. He says that Obama missed an opportunity during the Arab Spring and says that Obama has not done enough to block Iran from building a nuclear weapon.
Obama says Romney has not been in a position to execute foreign policy, but adds that his positions to this point have "been all over the map." Romney says his strategy "is pretty straight forward: go after the bad guys."
This debate is providing great fodder for Associated Press writers.
Case in point: BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is taking an aggressive posture toward rival Mitt Romney in Monday's debate, at one point saying the Republican's policy proposals are so outdated "the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back."
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AP reminds us that the "foreign policy debate" went off course for a good while there: 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.
Some added context from AP on the Iran part of the debate: BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- President Barack Obama says published reports that the United States and Iran are planning to meet one-on-one after the election are "not true."
Obama made his denial during a presidential debate with Republican rival Mitt Romney.
Obama says the United States will keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, but he will not engage in negotiations that go nowhere. Obama adds that "the clock is ticking."
On Saturday, the White House said it is prepared to talk one-on-one with Iran to find a diplomatic settlement to the impasse over Tehran's reported pursuit of nuclear weapons, but there's no agreement now to meet.
The New York Times reported that the U.S. and Iran have agreed in principle to negotiations. The White House denied that any such agreement had been reached.
AP on the military spending section of the debate: BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- President Barack Obama says his military spending is "driven by strategy" not by politics.
The president is rejecting criticism from Republican Mitt Romney, who says Obama wants to cut the military by $1 trillion. Obama disputed that figure, but said spending needs to be based on the capabilities required by the military, not just budgets.
Obama accused Romney of calling for increases in military spending that the Pentagon doesn't want.
Romney says he would boost the number of naval ships because the U.S. fleet is the smallest since 1917. The president shot back, saying that was because technology has changed the nature of the military.
Romney said he would pay for increases in military spending by getting rid of Obama's health care overhaul and other programs he deems unnecessary.