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Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will meet for their final presidential debate on Monday at 9 p.m. ET. (Source: CNN) Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will meet for their final presidential debate on Monday at 9 p.m. ET. (Source: CNN)
Bob Schieffer, host of 'Face the Nation' on CBS, will moderate the final debate. (Source: Wikimedia/ Scott Wagers) Bob Schieffer, host of 'Face the Nation' on CBS, will moderate the final debate. (Source: Wikimedia/ Scott Wagers)
Lynn University is scheduled to host the last presidential debate of the 2012 election. (Source: Lynn University) Lynn University is scheduled to host the last presidential debate of the 2012 election. (Source: Lynn University)

(RNN) - After a comeback performance last Tuesday night, President Barack Obama hopes to continue his post-debate momentum during the final presidential debate against Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney. And after speaking with the audience in a town hall format, the candidates will return to their podiums for a traditional debate.

The candidates tackled questions on domestic and international issues last week; however Monday's debate focuses entirely on foreign topics. Obama and Romney travel to Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL to square off at 9 p.m. ET.

Despite Obama's impressive performance at the second debate, poll numbers still indicate a virtual tie with Romney.

Monday's event reverts to the same structure as the first debate; 90 minutes split into six 15-minute segments each starting with a new question.

Obama and Romney will have two minutes each to answer the question without interruption and the rest of the segment will be used for discussion. Each candidate also will be given an opportunity to refute any statement made by their opponent.

The candidates have a chance to elaborate on more complex international issues, such as Libya and China which were mentioned in the second debate, although the majority of questions concerned domestic issues.

A preliminary agenda for the debate released on Oct. 12 indicates that probable debate topics include America's role in the world, the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the conflict between Israel and Iran, the changing Middle East and the new face of terrorism, and the rise of China and tomorrow's world.

The foreign forum of the debate will give Obama another opportunity to flaunt his success in combating terrorism, disabling major sects of Al Qaeda and approving the mission that killing Osama Bin Laden.

Meanwhile, Romney may have the chance to repeat his hard-line stance on U.S. policy with China and his plan to name them as a currency manipulator.

CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer will moderate the debate.

Schieffer, a native Texan, started his journalism career at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He later become a reporter at WBAP-TV, an NBC affiliate serving the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area and joined CBS news in 1969. He currently hosts the Sunday morning news show Face the Nation. He also serves as a fill-in anchor for Scott Pelley on the CBS Evening News.

Schieffer has made his way around Washington during his tenure at CBS, covering the White House, the Pentagon, Congress and U.S. Department of State.

Monday is scheduled to mark the third time Schieffer has moderated a presidential debate. The 2004 debate between former President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry, D-MA, at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ was his first appearance behind the moderator's table. His second was in 2008 between then-Senator Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

Lynn University is another small college to earn host status for this year's presidential debates. At only 50 years old and 2,010 undergraduates, much of Lynn's history has yet to be written. However, the growing school can boast a population composed of students from 44 states and 84 countries.

The Lynn community made headlines in 2010 after it lost four students and two faculty members in the earthquake that devastated Haiti. The group arrived in Haiti the day before the earthquake.

The school emerged strong despite the tragedy, continuing its humanitarian efforts and emphasizing "involved citizenship" to its student body. Lynn has received honors for its high concentration of international students since 2006. U.S. News and World Report currently ranks Lynn fourth in the nation for percentage of international students.

The Lynn debate closes out a program that also included debates at the University of Denver, Centre College and Hofstra University.

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