By Andrew Abramson, George Bennett and Dara Kam, Palm Beach Post
BOCA RATON â€” President Obama and Mitt Romney clashed sharply on Americaâ€™s standing in the world â€“ and each otherâ€™s leadership â€” during a debate on foreign policy Monday night at Lynn University that often veered into domestic issues.
In the third and final meeting of the candidates before the Nov. 6 election, Romney congratulated Obama on the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden but said violent extremism is â€œcertainly not on the run. Itâ€™s certainly not in hiding.â€
The Republican nominee said America has lost influence in the world, allowed Iran to get closer to developing a nuclear weapon and created â€œturmoil with Israel.â€
Obama said he has kept America safe and improved its international standing. He repeatedly accused Romney of being erratic in his positions on international issues and scoffed at his challengerâ€™s readiness to be commander in chief.
â€œI know you havenâ€™t been in a position to actually execute foreign policy but every time youâ€™ve offered an opinion, youâ€™ve been wrong,â€ Obama said at one point.
â€œAttacking me is not an agenda,â€ Romney shot back. â€œAttacking me is not talking about how weâ€™re going to deal with the challenges that exist in the Middle East, and take advantage of the opportunity there, and stem the tide of this violence.â€
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