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Presidential debate | News Analysis

Goals are similar, but styles differ

WASHINGTON — The presidential debate Monday highlighted the underlying political problem facing Mitt Romney when it comes to foreign policy.

On the most substantive questions, in the biggest trouble spots, the Republican challenger had trouble explaining what he would do differently from President Obama. Unlike taxes and spending, for instance, where they have sharp differences on levies for the wealthy and budget priorities, Romney shares many of the same broad goals around the world as the president:

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