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:
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.
"Go after the bad guys" Yea good job sounding like a 5-year-old.
Mitt is hitting hard and keeping Obama on topic.
I don't think Romney is taking this Seriously!
Governor Romney keeps criticizing for not "leading", but I haven't heard him suggest anything other than vague platitudes....
Mitt is right...there has been NO leadership for the last 4 years.
Enough stories, what's there plan. A.B.C. on everything? So far they are not explaining how these promises will be carried out
This is foreign policy, Mitt. Let's move on from your economy.
Romney just said "human rights" doesn't that include WOMEN'S RIGHTS?? He's flip flopping
Neither candidate has a good vision for our country. both just want to spend more on the backs of the taxpayers.
HaHa, a game of Battleship. Obama's on fire in this one
We have fewer cavalry brigades today than we did in 1865!
Neither of them is in support of ending the wars. Why don't they just say that?
Obama is pulling out all the guns
Let's all go to Walmarts and help build China's military and economic strength to peak performance.
Obama won this FINAL debate!
Romney is still going to be our next president.
I think Romney won, more class, less defensive. Obama came off like a brat
So Romney just looks like a sleeze ball, everything he says he says with a smirk.