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WASHINGTON - On the eve of their final presidential debate, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama -- through their allies -- have been squaring off over which candidate would best protect the nation's interests and security abroad.
Both candidates have stayed largely out of view, preparing vigorously for their Monday face-off focused on foreign policy.
Republicans accused Obama of leaking word of possible negotiations with Iran in pursuit of political gain. Democrats shot back, arguing that Romney and his party are the ones playing politics with national security.
The haggling played out on Sunday news shows at a critical time for Romney and Obama, whose marathon race has become exceedingly close as it lurches toward the November election.
Both candidates dedicated their weekend to intensive study for the debate; Obama huddled with advisers at Camp David and Romney with his team in Florida, where the debate will be held.
Romney did, however, take a break from his preparations to attend church with his wife and to watch his traveling press corps play touch football against his senior staff.
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