October 22nd, 2012
09:56 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama, Romney joust on Libya, Syria in foreign policy debate

(CNN) - President Barack Obama quickly struck out at Mitt Romney's foreign policy inexperience during Monday's presidential debate, with the Republican nominee defending his positions and promoting what he described as a thoughtful and comprehensive strategy to combat extremism.

The third and final face-to-face showdown occurred with the candidates neck-and-neck in national polls with 15 days until Election Day, and the race hinging on a handful of battleground states - particularly Ohio, Florida and Virginia.


Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    Willard is just rambling. Idiot, knows absolutely NOTHING about being Presidential.

    October 22, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. Gila River Indian Community, AZ

    Good Night Romney! I kove what President Obama has done for USofA!

    October 22, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Mitt is stuttering. Flunked. It is Obama that won this debate.

    October 22, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. Dominique

    Great news! Romney will adapt the Presidents foreign policy...finally specifics

    October 22, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. Please choose wisely

    President Obama is a Winner!

    October 22, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  6. NameShadow

    Romney is far more intelligent than Obama....Romney is looking far more presidential than Obama.

    October 22, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. Doc

    Obama answered every question with talking for Mitt rahter that share his own ideas. When, Mr. Obama can you begin to talk about your own policy and not just belittle someone else's policy who is not even in office yet. And I mean yet!

    October 22, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. rmb

    I knew Romney was weak in Foreign Policy. But Obama is really creaming him! President is extremely capable in this area and is more than able to justify his actions point by point. Romney is not holding his own on his previous criticisms nor is he providing any distinct contrast as to what he would do differently.

    October 22, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    Mitt needs to go home. He proved to be an idiot. Official. World is laughing at mitt. His answers are terrible.

    October 22, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. Abdalla

    Obama is a real winner..

    October 22, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  11. K

    Romney I agree with what the president did but yet I still disagree and I can't tell you how I would do it differently .. Romney needs to get a clue he can't run America like a company in a company when yours boss you can do what ever you decide in government you need to work with other people with different view to do the smallest and simplest things ... Get a clue Romney

    October 22, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. MimiW

    The pained look on Romney's face says it all. He is out of his league.

    October 22, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. TIm

    While republicans have been moaning and groaning about Obama's foreign policy, Romney has just repeated everything Obama has said while stumbling doing it ( the stumbling has to raise a few eyebrows here ). He has absolutely nothing new to add...

    October 22, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Willard is an absolute clown. All he keeps saying is Iran is a nuclear threat, Iran is a nuclear threat, Iran is a nuclear threat. Well, we KNOW THAT already and we also know you want another war, (one of which your sons won't be asked to be part of).

    Willard is and will always be a coward and worst than that, he's a coward who has no remorse or shame whatsoever. He's also a moron and a bully who can't contain himself and wants to start another civil and trade war. He's a dangerous man and America will pay the price for his "whiteness".

    A clown and a loser who needs to get off the national stage and quit making a fool out of himself.

    October 22, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  15. Marty, FL

    Romney is sweating and all over the place–the "me, too" politician.

    President Obama is Commander-In-Chief with authority and strong resolve.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 22, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  16. LIP

    Wow, what a great debate. Obama was in his element and when it came to listening to his closing statement, I did the only thing I could think of that best represented his last four years. I turned off the sound.

    October 22, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  17. Mangrove

    Rommey won, obamma kept bragging and people will wake up tomorrow and say.....wait a minute! Our economy STINKS!

    October 22, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  18. LIP

    Everyone needs to remember that four years ago, Obama knew nothing more about Foreign policy then Romney does now. Does Obama belittleing his opponent make him more presidential...not at all. It makes him very, very "small".

    October 22, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  19. steve

    Cnn is off base. All Obama can do is criticise. And is so consecending. Romney looked a lot more of a President than Obama. Romney was right on point.

    October 22, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  20. Mark Bistline

    Strong performance on both sides, but Obama clearly won the night. Governor Romney was 80% reactive.

    October 22, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  21. ana

    Mitt pass the test. He showed he is ready to be leader /commander.

    October 22, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. Marty, FL

    President Obama won the debate by the knowledge of foreign policy with sweating Romney agreeing with the President's success.

    October 22, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    WOW. Romney really, really, really lost this debate big time.

    October 22, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. meg

    According to the CBO, current policies include the fiscal cliff. Even if we just went off the fiscal cliff, the expiring 400 billion in tax cuts and the 100 billion in spending cuts from the debt ceiling crisis would cut our deficits almost in half next year from 1.1 trillion for this year 2012 to 641 billion in 2013 CBO report: An Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 
2012 to 2022 – and the deficit would be nearly balanced by 2018 at 79 billion and would be 213 billion by 2022 – this would add 2.2 billion over ten years, and certainly NOT 10 trillion over ten years or 4 trillion over 4 years like Romney claimed – it is Romney who plans to add 2.1 in defense and 5 trillion in tax cuts on top of a non-fiscal cliff scenario that includes the current deficits of 1 trillion each year that we have today – Romney is the one who will be adding to a 10 trillion increase over ten years with additional spending and tax cuts on top of the Bush tax cuts – not Obama – who will be cutting this projection and not adding to it.

    October 22, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Romney look like he was going to cry

    October 22, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
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