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Burr says presidential race could hinge on foreign policy

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Tonight the vice presidential candidates square off for their only debate. They'll focus on foreign and domestic policy, as will the presidential hopefuls tuesday.

Today we talked with Sen. Richard Burr about some of the issues the candidates will tackle.

During one of his stops in the Port City he took time to talk about politics on a national scale, including the vice presidential debate

"Everybody says vice presidential debates don't matter," Burr said. "I think they don't matter when there is not substance involved. I'm confident that there is going to be substance tonight that the american people hear out of this debate."

Foreign affairs is a major topic for the debate, and the senator was quick to address blame for US consulate bombing in Libya one month ago.

"Had the White House not tried to cover up the obvious take, that the attack in Benghazi was that it was terrorism," Burr said.

A Congressional committee asked whether requests for more security at the Benghazi consulate had been rejected. The FBI is now investigating.

"I now think that depending on how the subject goes in the next several weeks, this (presidential) race could turn permanently on foreign affairs," Burr said.

The new top US diplomat for Libya assumed temporary control of the embassy in Tripoli today. Laurence Pope will serve as the Charge D'affaires pending confirmation a new ambassador to replace Chris Stevens, who died in the September 11 attack.

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