The third and final debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney will take place in Boca Raton, FL, on Monday. While the economy and jobs top the list of concerns, Monday's debate will center around foreign policy.
Both candidates will express their vision on America's role in the world. Obama will talk about what he's done on the War on Terrorism and how he's strengthened relationships with America's allies. Romney will say the president has weakened ties mainly with Israel.
While Obama and Romney battle it out on the debate floor, local veterans will be thinking about the battle overseas.
"I believe the only way to have a strong country is to have a strong presence worldwide," said Steve Sanson, who is a veteran.
The war in Afghanistan is on the minds of many Americans, including Sanson, who wants to see the war end sooner than later.
"Our troops are being injured in Afghanistan," said Sanson.
"Governor Romney is going to try to show that he has the ability to handle foreign policy as an issue," said John Tuman, who is the chair of UNLV's political science department. "I think there's some concerns among voters about how strong he is on foreign policy issues."
Tuman said other issues that will take center stage include the recent attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and foreign economic policy with China. Stephen Frye wants to know what the candidates have to say about Iran's nuclear program.
"I'm looking for a president who is a diplomat and can get us by without nuclear weapons," said Frye, who is a veteran.
While polls show foreign policy isn't the biggest factor for the election, local veterans want a leader who will keep them and their children safe.
"America is a strong country," said Sanson. "America should be respected. America should be feared by our enemies. America should be embraced by our allies."
Tuman said Monday's debate likely won't have a big influence on the election since there's only a small number who are undecided. He said the debate will shore up support for those who are already leaning for a certain candidate.
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