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. President Obama four more years, President wins....

    Dear President we are proud of you...four more years president Obama 2012.

    Look forward for your send term presidency....God Bless America & President Obama

    October 22, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  2. steve

    Sounds like a tie 47 to 47. Finally someone says work with congress. Not that Republicans should just get out of the way.

    October 22, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. tkinil

    Steve Krakauer,CNN just tweeted while Romney was doing his closing remarks, "President Romney speaking to America right now"

    October 22, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. Pete

    You want a bullying president as seen tonight,one that's a pathelogical liar then Romneys your fool..What a disgusting debate with Romney changing statements from as early as last week and doesn't quit with his lies first on the economy,then on foriegn affairs the lies with Romney didn't stop.And why run against the president when you agreed so much with him,if you watched you've agreed with me also!!But republicans ,the ignorent ones that if you agree with Romneys lies you're worse off then I thought,your desperation is really pathedic and your ignorence is beyond the pale...But Romney the business man that loves China to say publicly he's against them is ridiculous,it again is a lie as to pandering to the illiterate,ignorent,politically inept republicans,you've voted for a businessman in Bush and losers voting for losers are historicly for you from Hoover till Bush,there's no denial but that's your story isn't it!!

    October 22, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  5. Justeeny

    Romney soared in this debate. He's right "we can't kill our way out of it." He exuded confidence and looked so presidential. I want him at the negotiating table any day of the week over Obama. He will make a fantastic, strong leader on foreign and domestic policy.

    And I'm a woman!

    Obama had his lines down but he still kept attacking Romney more than spouting his own plans and of course, not much in the way of specifics.

    Obama shouldn't even talk about China. He not the least qualified. And the way he tried to condescend to Romney- too funny!

    All this debate did was solidify my vote for Romney/Ryan!
    Romney/Ryan 2012!

    October 22, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. steve

    Cnn=msnbc. Skewed.

    October 22, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  7. Julia M

    Is the press that desperate for a close race that they give Romney credit for showing up? He looked bad, he fumbled his words, and he contradicted his previous positions. Granted, Obama is no Clinton, but he was calm, spoke clearly and has a proven plan.

    October 22, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  8. marx

    What a fantastic display by the president,he won this debate hands down!

    October 22, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. Voice1234

    Obama is a winner. Romney thinks war is a video game. He sounds like he expects American dead sons and daughters to get up and fight the next day. The navy has so much more tech abilities and they work with other armed forces, what planted does Mitt live on? This man may be a pastor for the mormon church but not for America.

    October 22, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  10. Marty, FL

    Obama won 53%
    23% Romney


    October 22, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  11. steve

    It is called compromise. Romney is supposed to disagree with everything? Our nation is based on compromise. I would hope more than just the left and right can agree on something. Of course our political agenda comes first no matter what. Right Mr O? We can compete with China when we all have part time jobs.

    October 22, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  12. robert

    obama 2012, mitt doesn't know anything about economy or foreign relations, other then being a corporate greed , with 70% of his advisers from the bush admin.

    October 22, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  13. Justeeny

    But the vast majority of us want to know about jobs and the economy.

    What do people care about?

    CNN asked 457 voters which candidate showed the most skill and knowledge in economic issues and leadership skills during the second debate:

    On the Economy:
    Romney- 58%
    Obama- 40%

    On Leadership:
    Romney- 49%
    Obama- 40%

    On the Deficit:
    Romney- 59%
    Obama- 36%

    On Taxes:
    Romney- 51%
    Obama- 44%

    Newsflash: This is the stuff that matters!

    October 22, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  14. Carmella

    I will be glad when the election is over so the political commercials can stop. I am so frustrated with all those commercials.

    October 22, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  15. tracey

    k obama won. tonight. mitt can not run the country. republicans pack up.the reason he agrees wuth obama because he has no since of how to take care of our troops. he was nervous and turning red.can someone ask mitt why he has five son and none of them are serving in the military. .get the liar out of here.

    October 22, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  16. Carmella

    The debate has not changed anything.

    October 22, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  17. steve

    53 to 23? Based on a Democratic poll. The election comes down to 6% of the people. The other 94 have already decided. Pretty much like Washington. We are so polarized.

    October 22, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  18. Grow up already...

    Mitt Romney now agrees with you on all you foreign policy points, Mr. President. Maybe he WILL vote for you, just like Ted Kennedy predicted....

    October 22, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  19. G. Hunt

    Mitt move to China with your Companies and all your money

    October 22, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  20. 1twinsfan

    That was pretty much the the When Harry Met Sally styled foreign policy debate. Romney – I'll do whatever he's (Obama) doing.

    October 22, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. Justeeny


    I would agree with you that this debate has not changed anything. So many of us are already decided, and we are much more concerned with domestic policy than foreign policy.

    I want Romney for President. I want him advocating for American people. We need him working for us. Obama just cannot do anything different than he has already done. He doesn't have another game plan except raise taxes and load up on more government jobs, that just sink us into more debt. Same old, same old.

    October 22, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  22. Mary Collins

    Clearly Obama!

    October 22, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    I see "Tagg" had his chance for a face to face encounter with the President tonight and he kept with Romney family tradition – HE SMILED AND FLED.

    Great job Mr. President you picked up a vote for Willard.

    October 22, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  24. IKE

    Mitt agreed with Obama so much that I got dizzy.

    October 22, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  25. Marty, FL

    Not a Deomcratic poll, but rather a poll of uncommitted voters who saw President Obama won by 53% to Romney's 23%.

    October 22, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
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