(CNN) – President Barack Obama's senior campaign adviser on Sunday said foreign policy is an important topic in the upcoming election, even though the economy still tops the list among voters.
David Axelrod's comments come ahead of Monday's final presidential debate, which will focus on foreign policy. The debate is at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
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"I think it's going to be an important debate. I don't think any one event is decisive, even though being strong at home and building our economy is the number one issue, people want to know they have a strong, steady hand in the Oval Office," Axelrod said on NBC's "Meet The Press."
While discussing the importance of the debate, Axelrod didn't avoid getting a dig in at Mitt Romney, comparing the Republican presidential hopeful's trip to the United Kingdom, Israel and Poland to a television show from the 1980s.
"They don't want someone who's reckless and who's been consistently wrong on foreign policy issues, and Gov. Romney has. We all remember his 'Dukes of Hazzard' tour of international destinations over the summer where he not only roiled countries that are not as friendly to us but are our best ally, Britain," Axelrod said.
Romney generated international criticism in July for his comments in London questioning the UK's preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
That perceived gaffe was followed by what some said were inappropriate comments about Palestinians, questioning why Palestinian-controlled areas had a lower GDP per capita than Israel.
A Pew Research Poll which came out earlier this month and before the second debate, showed Obama leading Romney 47% to 43% when voters were asked which candidate they thought would handle foreign policy decisions better. That's within the margin of error and is a much tighter poll than one taken by Pew in September that showed Obama leading Romney 53% to 38%.