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Presidential debate | 9 p.m.

Focus on Iran in presidential debate run-up

Both campaigns cautious on report of possible talks

The Obama and Romney campaigns jousted over the president’s leadership on Iranian sanctions on Sunday, a day before the candidates focus on foreign policy in their final debate, but both sides were cautious when discussing a reported agreement between the United States and Iran to hold one-on-one talks about nuclear development after Election Day.

The White House has denied that a deal is in place for bilateral negotiations with Iran, and the two campaigns appeared unsure of how such talks would play with voters — whether endorsing the meetings would project diplomacy or naïveté.

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