A conservative political scientist and presidential election
analyst believes Mitt Romney has the advantage heading into
tonight's final presidential debate, and a pro-family activist
doesn't expect the outcome of the discussion to change the minds of
The debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, will be
strictly on foreign policy, which might have been considered an
advantage for President Obama before September 11, 2012, when
Islamic terrorists murdered the American ambassador and three
others at the Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Dr. Charles W. Dunn of Regent University believes the ongoing
controversy surrounding that debacle will help Mitt Romney.
"Governor Romney will have a clear advantage going into that
debate because of the Libyan problem with Benghazi," he states.
"The administration has not spoken straightforwardly to the
American people. Now, something may happen to change this, [but] as
it is right now, advantage: Romney going into the third
He also points out that history is on the side of the GOP
"From the Kennedy-Nixon debate until now, the winner of the
first poll after the first debate has always gone on to win the
White House," the analyst notes. "Romney won the first debate."
Romney has continued to pull ahead of Obama in swing states like
Florida, Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia. And in recent days,
the GOP challenger has picked up endorsements from major newspapers
in both Florida (The Tampa Tribune and The
Orlando Sentinel) and Ohio (The Columbus
Phil Burress, chairman of Citizens for Community Values (CCV), does not
think tonight's debate will have much of an impact on the
"I think with each debate it has less and less effect, unless
somebody has a major, major blunder," he offers. "The media makes a
bigger deal out of these debates than anyone else. I'm in the rural
county of Preble County in western Ohio, and the sense here … and
out in the field [is] that the second debate was just real
Moreover, he suggests foreign policy is not the top concern of
most voters this year.
"National security is obviously very important to all of us, but
I think right now we've learned that the voters are concerned about
one thing and one thing only, and that's our economy," the CCV
But regarding Obama's foreign policy, he makes note of one
aspect that does not set well with Christian voters.
"The fact that Obama has turned his back on Israel is probably
going to be an issue that he can never reverse himself on," Burress
states. "He's no friend to Israel, and certainly Romney is. And for
the Christian vote and the people who understand the importance of
Israel, that is not going to bode well."