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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.

Cliff October 23, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Leasership is mot part of Romney's vocabulary
Cliff October 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM
When all is said and done Connecticut goes for OBama and so does the nation. Goodbye Mitt.
Concerned Parent October 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM
It's anyone's game at this point...
Cliff October 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Listening to the Republican hierarchy speaking about Mitt Romney's performance in the final debate it is very clear that they were in the spin mode trying to work their way out of a very poor performance of their candidate. We have all seen Romney's flip flop approach throughout the campaign, but now he has come full circle when he is agreeing with Barack OBama on many of the issues. Mitt Romney truly has no real position on the issues and he wants to be President
John Pasnau October 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The winner? Who knows. The loser, the people of the United States of America, whoever wins the election, it will be four more years of gutless, vision-less leadership for us.
RONALD M GOLDWYN October 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM
It takes Obama to have just one more vote than Romney to take all of CTs electoral votes. This is most likely here in New England. Next, we count the results in all the other elections to see who wins the required number of electoral votes to win in the electoral college The real question is who will win the house and senate seats as well as in our state legislature. So makes sure you go and VOTE.
Michael Brown October 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Map please. Does anyone know what Romney meant when he said, "Syria is Iran's route to the sea?"
RONALD M GOLDWYN October 23, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Either he was thinking of Iraq or forgot that Iraq is in-between Iran and Syria. You are so Picky Picky.
arkay October 23, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Both are interested in nation building and world policing, so they both failed this debate.
arkay October 23, 2012 at 02:15 PM
The Mediterranean Sea perhaps? It does provide access to the eastern US and Europe...
Concerned Parent October 23, 2012 at 02:45 PM
If you look thru this board, Facebook, and other blogs...you will see the same people talking the same myopic rhetoric of the President and Mitt Romney... There is a huge community of voters outside the web who are silent in respect to their political leanings, despite the onslaught of alpha Americans who attempt to force them to their way of thinking. I would not be so quick to assume anything at this point or you may find yourselves eating crow for Thanksgiving.
Greg Smith October 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Syria is Iran's main (maybe only) ally in the Arab world. Iran uses Syria (and Hezbollah in south Lebanon) as surrogates in their war with America. The Gulf side of the Arabian peninsula is very different than the Mediterranean side. Syria is Iran's conduit to the Mediterranean Sea, and thus Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, etc.. On this date 29 years ago, 241 American servicemen and 58 French paratroopers were killed in Beirut. 5 of the peacekeepers killed were from Connecticut. Several of those in Beirut in 1983 were from Milford. The Syrian Army occupied Beirut in 1983. On May 30, 2003, United States District Court for the District of Columbia found Iran legally responsible for providing Hezbollah with financial and logistical support that helped them carry out the attack.
Ginger2012 October 23, 2012 at 08:21 PM
If you tried watching while on mute you get the big picture - Romney composed , yet forceful and presidential. Obama a petulant bully frustrated that Romney wouldn't join him in his school yard scrap- it is still hard to believe people in Ct want him as Americas leader. Thank God we have a lot more voters across the country who see him for what he is - smart mounthed , arrogant and condescending - who wants to be your dictator - no constitutional rules for him- for he knows better than you
Ken Fellenbaum October 23, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I doubt that this debate changed many minds. The election will be decided by who has the most motivated supporters. The only poll that counts is on Nov. 6th!
MikeS October 24, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Obama was the bully?! What debates have you been watching? Not the ones where Romney abruptly cuts off Obama while speaking ("Excuse me!!"), or steam-rolls the moderator when insisting on having the last word in a segment when it's not his turn to speak. Romney set this contentious, combative tone in the initial debate, and Obama is simply following his lead.
Ginger2012 October 24, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Mike s - you mean o'boring was once again following or leading from behind? Are you aware that He is a socialist in a democrats clothing? The Democratic Party has been stolen from us by the Chicago Team - Who is Valerie Jarret? Check on Her as she has his ear and he is her mouth on a daily basis- besides others. If that is what you want for America - God help our children - all I can think of when hearing 'o' shout and yell his rhetoric is that 4 years ago Joe Wilson was correct !
Concerned Parent October 25, 2012 at 02:32 PM
The President may be a good man, but he is a poor leader...He's been more of a panderer to minorities, women, and seniors (straight from the Democrats' playbook) rather than a president of a nation. A leader has to make choices that might be unpopular, but not those that cause a country to split in half. That's not leadership, that's partisanship.

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