Republican candidate Mitt Romney played it safe Monday night
in his third debate with President Barack Obama, this one on foreign policy, saying he agreed with many of Obama's policies despite attacking the president on Iran and the US' relationship with Israel.
Romney did not go after the president
for his response to recent events in Libya, where four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed last month
. However, he did change the subject on numerous occasions to the economy, which his advisers have repeatedly said
is his clearest path to victory.
Obama again looked more confident, collected, and rehearsed than his disastrous first debate
against Romney, and appeared comfortable with the issues after four years in office. A CBS News flash poll taken after the debate had Obama decisively winning.
from his decisive first debate win over Obama, Romney appears to have embraced the strategy that he can win the election by avoiding major gaffes. Obama won the debate, but it remains to be seen whether he fundamentally changed the direction of the race in the process.