The one foreign policy topic that was expected to dominate Monday night’s foreign policy debate barely got a mention: Libya.

Instead of hammering President Obama on his administration’s response to the killing of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans last month in Benghazi, Libya, Romney praised Obama for joining an international coalition that routed Moammar Gadhafi last year.

Polls show the president’s once comfortable lead on foreign policy has shrunk considerably over the past month.

Rather than risk looking like he was politicizing the attack on the U.S. Consulate, Romney sought to appear above the political fray.

All the while, however, his allies on Capitol Hill have continued to hammer the president over security failings at the consulate and the administration’s shifting explanation of what happened.

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