Final Debate Gives Candidates Best Chance To Capture Battleground States

DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s one of the last chances to impress huge numbers of voters and both President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney want to appear in command during Monday’s final debate.

WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick describes the third and final debate on foreign policy as a tie-breaking scenario for the two candidates, with the debate taking place at a dead even political moment.

Detroit Senator Coleman Young, Jr. told Skubick that on the issue of the economy he believes the president is bringing us back:

“I think if you look economically, we are improving we are not where we need to be but we are growing and we are getting better. An unemployment rate of 7.8 percent, the lowest its been in years … I think we’ve added about 110,000 more jobs, I think that is a very good sign. The economy is showing signs of life,” said Young.

Republican Senate Leader Randy Richardville told Skubick its about image perception stating the president has had years to form his image and Romney’s opinions and ideas are only starting to become clear to voters.

“The current President has had a number of years to form an image and I think people are starting to now form their opinions and ideas about who Mitt Romney really is verses the way he’s been portrayed in the past,” said Richardville.

 Frank Luntz, a Republican strategist and pollster, tells CBS News that whoever has the better showing during tonight’s foreign policy debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be the next commander in chief.

A new Quinnipiac University/CBS News poll shows the president’s lead in Ohio has been cut in half over the past month. He currently holds a 50 to 45 percent lead over Romney.

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