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Who Won the Final Obama-Romney Presidential Debate?

The third presidential debate, moderated by CBS' Bob Schieffer, ended with sparring on foreign policy. Connecticut residents reacted real-time in a Patch live chat.

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney duked it out in the last presidential debate of the 2012 election season on Monday, sparring on foreign policy issues ranging from Iran's nuclear program and fair trade with China to the violence in Libya and Syria.

Military spending was also a frequent point of contention throughout the debate, which was hosted by Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL.

The sit-down debate, moderated by CBS’s Bob Schieffer, was supposed to be centered on foreign affairs, but there still were stretches when the discussion turned to the domestic impact of overseas military spending.

Did you watch the debate? Who do you think won? Tell us in the comments!

Patch hosted a lively statewide Live Chat during the debate that served as a digital gathering place for state political junkies. We also pulled comments in from Twitter. Here are a few of the highlights.

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.

Elicia R. October 23, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Very close to a tie, but I think that Romney won. Both candidates have what it takes to be the president, but Romney has showed that he has what it takes to be a good leader.
Paul Bahre October 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM
This thing was close as it was also a snore. I found myself falling asleep during the debate
Adam October 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM
In my opinion, Obama came across as snarky, condescending and immature. Every time Romney critiqued Obama's foreign policy, Obama would never defend his record. It was amusingly predictable. Instead, Obama would always attack Romney on his wealth, his investments, his tax policy, his desire for more military expenditures, etc. Finally, Romney said that attacking him was not a foreign policy agenda. The problem is that Obama has NO foreign policy besides being a hand maiden to the UN. Romney was 100% correct that Obama kicked things off with an "apology tour". It appears that Obama is experiencing amnesia himself. Remember that Obama opposed the surge of troops in Iraq before he said he was for it. Apparently, he thought it was a good idea for Afghanistan once he got into office. Once in office, Obama and Clinton tried desperately to distance themselves from the Bush administration with a "reset" strategy. However, there is no evidence that we are safer as a result; indeed, you see now how deferring to the UN Security Counsel's wishes has created a vacuum in the middle east for new terrorist groups to emerge. Look, Obama must attack Romney to win as many swing states to get to 270 and overcome the momentum Romney has two weeks into the election. In the next two weeks, the swing states will be bombarded with more shrill attack ads, but you can be sure that Obama has no more tricks in his hat. A vote for Obama is a vote for 4 more years of of directionless malaise.
Yankeelover October 23, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Adam, well said. I concur and would add - who would you trust to lead us for the next four years?
Paulette Clark October 23, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Obama did it hands down. Obama didn't do an apology tour to Europe but Romney certainly did last night agreeing with the majority of Obama's foreign policy. Obama was clear and concise of where Romney got it wrong including Horses and bayonets really showed where Mitt's thinking is. And what a Cameleon the "many faces of Mitt" who will actually show up I don't want to take the chance.
Eveliss DeVaux October 24, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Bob, are you completely ignoring the fact that Mitt has also told a chain of lies as well? They're BOTH liars!
Harry Sawyer October 24, 2012 at 08:33 AM
Read Ron Paul's comments on the debate. Ron Paul won by a mile....
Adam October 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM
So the Navy no longer needs as many ships? Really? That's not what the Department of Defense is saying, but perhaps you know better. Incidentally, we drove out the Taliban using horses with special forces immediately after 911. Infantry continues to use bayonets for hand to hand combat.A little flaw in the Presidents cute analogy, but why let the facts get in the way? Also, I'm not sure how the President intends to miraculously avoid sequestration at the end of the year, which will result in huge cuts to the military. - a bill he signed into law. But, hey, he's never been a big fan of separation of powers.
Ron White October 31, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Obama will win, not because the country is socialist but because the Republican party doesn’t represent the American people. Economic growth is driven by market not tax cuts. Fiscal conservatism does not exist in the Republican party. We need smaller government and fair taxes. The Republican party is promising larger government and less fair taxes.

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