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SOU Professor Weighs In On Debate

ASHLAND, Ore. — There was less finger pointing and fewer interruptions in the third and final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Sitting side by side in Boca Raton, the two candidates discussed foreign policy and Amercia’s role in the world. It was a tricky balancing act for Mitt Romney because on many key foreign policy issues, his statements on the campaign trail are similar to those from The White House.

A Southern Oregon University professor specializing in foreign policy did not believe the debate on Monday night showed a clear winner. Associate Professor Dustin Walcher said the candidates did not show clear stances on their policies.

For example, when Mitt Romney brought up Libya, and the death of four Americans including a U.S. Ambassador, he did not say how he would change policies or do anything different than the Obama administration.

“Would there be any significant difference between the approach of the two candidates. Would the Mitt Romney administration do anything significantly different from Barack Obama administration is doing now? And the debate tonight you didn’t hear that so much,” said Professor Walcher.

The professor said he hoped the debate would have talked about the Euro Zone crisis, a financial crisis plaguing countries such as Greece.