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Who Won the Final Debate Between Obama and Romney?

The third presidential debate ended with sparring on foreign policy. Connecticut residents react in a Patch live blog posted Monday evening.

 

President Barack Obama and Candidate Mitt Romney duked it out in the last presidential debate on Monday, sparring on foreign policy issues such as dealing with a nuclear Iran, fair trade with China and the ongoing violence in Syria.

Military spending was a main point of discussion repeatedly throughout the evening, while both Democratic and Republican candidates sparred on just how much spending the country should engage in.

But while the sit-down debate, moderated by CBS’s Bob Schieffer, was supposed to be focused on foreign affairs, there still were momentary lapses when the discussion turned to domestic issues. Often times the canididates spoke about foreign military spending and the impacts it has back home.

Patch hosted a Live Blog during the entire debate, garnering several readers to comment as the event went on. We also drew in reactions from Twitter.

Here are just a few of the reactions:

Thomas:

Obama's biggest advantage in FP will be that Gov. Romney will have a hard time to explain what he would do differently in external relations with Iran or Syria. In Iran at least, we've laid down crippling sanctions that will (hopefully) negate the necessity of military action. If Gov. Romney advocates more invasions, he's going to come off as a new Republican WarMonger.

Tiffany:

"Go after the bad guys" Yea good job sounding like a 5-year-old.

Klair Waters:

Mitt is hitting hard and keeping Obama on topic.

Gerald:

I don't think Romney is taking this Seriously!

Thomas:

Governor Romney keeps criticizing for not "leading", but I haven't heard him suggest anything other than vague platitudes....

Klair Waters:

Mitt is right...there has been NO leadership for the last 4 years.

Craig:

Enough stories, what's there plan. A.B.C. on everything? So far they are not explaining how these promises will be carried out

Angela:

This is foreign policy, Mitt. Let's move on from your economy.

Tiffany:

Romney just said "human rights" doesn't that include WOMEN'S RIGHTS?? He's flip flopping

Sam:

Neither candidate has a good vision for our country. both just want to spend more on the backs of the taxpayers.

jay:

HaHa, a game of Battleship. Obama's on fire in this one

Thomas:

We have fewer cavalry brigades today than we did in 1865!

Sam:

Neither of them is in support of ending the wars. Why don't they just say that?

Jing:

Obama is pulling out all the guns

Klair Waters:

Let's all go to Walmarts and help build China's military and economic strength to peak performance.

Gerald:

Obama won this FINAL debate!

Guest:

Romney is still going to be our next president.

Sam:

I think Romney won, more class, less defensive. Obama came off like a brat

heretolearn:

So Romney just looks like a sleeze ball, everything he says he says with a smirk.

 

Mr Suggs October 23, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Slight edge to Mr Romney, as he had a firm grasp of the economy and a level handed view of the world and Americas role in it. The economy conservation, goes strongly to Mr Romney and jobs being the number one issue he presented a very straight forward plan to fix our Countries massive job and debt problems. The President offered no plan to fix the lack of jobs and mounting debt problems, that are close to sinking America into Greece and Spain. Mr Romney seemed very able to lead our Country with a responsible and well thought out plans to fix the disaster of few jobs and a out of control spending.The President ,seem to belittle and make snide remarks about Mr Romney and angry. I had hoped, the President would talk substance and have a road map for the next four years,I came away with no new information and he looks like he bring four more years of the same. Not something helpful to most Americans.I feel uneasy putting the President back into office with no sound jobs programs and no plans to stop this wild spending.
dan hodges October 23, 2012 at 03:17 PM
If Obama had done his job in a timely fashion, the Iran issue would not have been a talking point. Further, if Obama had done his job, Mr. Netenyahu would not have found it necessary to deliver the speech he did at the UN. Education? Look at where the US ranks internationally now vs. four years ago. Or shall we blame that on the Republicans as well. Poor Mr. Obama...the consumate victim.
Chow mein October 23, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I thought that Obama did slightly better. But then I did some fact checking about the claims of Obama that our military is not undersized for its mission, vs. Romney's claims that we've downsized to a dangerous level, etc. Here's what he said. The military no longer has a mission statement of being able to handle wars in two different theaters simultaneously. The military commanders are struggling to cut personnel between 50,000 and 150,000 men and women (per service?) for January, 2013. There are long down times for parts for helicopters that require them for service. Conclusion: I am tired of damn politicians lying to our faces to attain power and wealth. Let them hold debates while wired to lie detectors and automatic stun guns. Each man who lies gets 100,000 volts between the legs. He or they wake(s) up impeached and/or in jail for perjury! There should be fact checkers who can push a button on the liar(s) at will. No liar deserves to be in office. No office deserves a liar, especially the President of the United States. For a federal republic, or representative democracy, to work properly, candidates for office must tell the truth. These men are subverting Democracy.
Chow mein October 23, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I agree that overall, Mr. Romney was more truthful. That may be because as the challenger, he can truthfully attack the failures of the incumbent. Mr. Obama is a spinmeister. Let's get the liar out of office before he irreparably screws up the national credit rating, leading to a downward death spiral for the country.
Stephanie October 24, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I'm not quite sure how one can tell that Romney has been truthful with the amount of times he has flip-flopped. After last night's debate, I can honestly say that I have no idea who Mitt Romney is.

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