Live blog: Final presidential debate
October 22nd, 2012
06:37 PM ET
8 years ago

Live blog: Final presidential debate

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney battle it out for the third and final time when they take the debate stage Monday at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

The topic of the final debate is foreign policy.

Follow our live blog for minute-by-minute updates throughout the evening, as well as an interactive conversation featuring trivia, fact-checks, polls, and social media.


soundoff (426 Responses)
  1. Bryce Breton

    Why does everyone seem so surprised and baffled at Romney's failure to provide specifics? He has none (yet!!) He is a CEO and a one time Governor (not very successful economically). He is accustomed to delegating all issues (eg. binders of women) to others (eg. the cabinet, the senate, the courts, the military). He clearly has no idea what he is going to do until someone lower down in the corporate (government) ladder tells him what is right!

    October 22, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. Bryce Breton

    He is selling a personality (football, pizza with staff, pics of family, personal likes and dislikes 'Uncle Mit') – even his body man is giving this sales pitch and tweeting behind the scenes happy moments) - Romeny may be a 'nice' man - but he has NO PLATFORM.

    October 22, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. CanadaONE

    Don't say FINAL DEBATE !!
    watch Romney's make sure he doesn't say something stupid tonight – both China and Russia are watching tonight

    Yes bewteen the both of us we can stop most nuclear weapons aimed at us but NOT ALL

    I would like to wake up tomorrow morning so make sure the Mitt doesn't start world war 3 this evening

    check his binder



    October 22, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. pennsylvania sage

    Romney, draft dodger who spent his Vietnam years in Paris, now likes the military?
    Not enough for his own boys to serve. Yet Mittens walks around as if he had won the Congressional medal.

    October 22, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. Bryce Breton

    Ask yourselves why it always seems that there is an 'international crisis' right before an election that the Republicans want to win?

    October 22, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Obama, do not be polite. This nation is in jeopardy. Good luck. Yes, on Obama12.

    October 22, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. greg

    My question is who ever wins will they work with dems or rep to get this country going

    October 22, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. taomi1

    Romney wants to keep us in afghanistan.

    October 22, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. White man

    I think Obama has advantage over Romney in international and foreign policy. Because he has been tested and the international community review us better nation than Bush area. Romney made mistakes in his first trip to UK and Israel and I am sure he is unpopular. I am republican but honestly I think if we all love our country we ought to see who will lead us to better direction.

    October 22, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Bob Price

    How can any voter trust a guy who will not release his tax filings? If Mitt has nothing to hide why won't he publish them. I do not believe anything that comes out of Romney's mouth. He will not give any specifics as to how he would be a better President than Barack Obama has been. It is clear that Romney does NOT care about the middle class or senior citizens. This country will be in more wars if this guy somehow miraculously gets elected.

    October 22, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. Name

    Who cares what Bill Clinton thinks about President Obama and their similarities or differences. Times have changed as should our view on wordly issues. Tell Bill that if he wanted the office back then Hillary shouldn't have accepted the Obama bail out. She definately would have had my vote.

    October 22, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Fran Hosman

    Let's hope that tonight's CNN focus group is done more fairly for the last presidential debate.

    The focus group assembled by Erin Burnett for the second debate, was comprised of 34 people, 27 of which had voted for Obama in the 2008 Presidential election.

    This hardly seems fair. Hopefully tonight we will have a group more representative of the voting public.

    Not so fast, Erin. Let the people decide. Remember your job is to report the facts, not sway swing voters.

    October 22, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. Bob Price

    Why won't Romney release has tax returns? What is he trying to hide? What is his solution to bring our troops home? His answers last week led me to believe he would send more troops to the middle east. He just isn't credible. I do not believe anything he says. I must be part of that 47%!

    October 22, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. natalie slack

    I cant wait for the president to get down

    October 22, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. Fran Hosman

    What is the breakdown of tonight's 25 person focus group panel?

    How many voted for Obama and how many voted for McCain in the 2008 presidential election?

    October 22, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. Coreycg

    Obama must do well tonight... undoubtedly

    October 22, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. Undecided2012

    I have never voted before because I never felt like it mattered. And I haven't been watching the debates at all but have decided to watch the last one because I'm deciding now that maybe I should vote. All I want is a president that really, truly wants what's best for us. To bring our troops home, help the economy, get everything situated so I can finally sleep easily at night...

    October 22, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. odis hall

    If anyone is still indecided, then here are a couple of facts that should at least guide in making a decision. Did you know that neither Romney nor Ryan are able to carry their own states??? One would think that if they had done a great job for their own states, that they would easily win them on election night. Fact is that Romney's record in his state is a dismal one. Also you should know that he doesn't care about the American people, only his own ambitions, which doesn't include you or your family. Take the situation in Illinois, where Bain Capital is shutting down a plant that made record profits. But still he is sending all 170 of those jobs to, guess where, CHINA.... Of all places, CHINA. The same country he keeps saying that they are not playing fair. C'mon people. Open your eyes.... This run for President is only something he wants as a personal accomplishment. Not as one that he can actually help the nation. Ryan is a nobody. If they get in there and get things their way, all of you females can kiss goodbye all the rights you have now in choosing what is best for you. They are both not on YOUR side, when it comes to any of the important issues facing a woman. From economic issues to health issues. Women to them are not equal. Believe me when I tell you this, because when Romney is asked about any of them, he either doesn't answer or will give an answer that he feels you want to hear. Then his campaign will come out within the next 24 hours and tell you what he should have. "That he doesn't support any of the issues that are imnportant to the women in this country. WAKE UP Women !!!!!!!!!!

    October 22, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. Fran Hosman

    How will Obama answer the question left unanswered from the last debate?

    Who made the decision to NOT send additional security to Libya, and WHY?

    Let's not talk about politicizing the issue, let's answer the question truthfully and honor the lives of the four people that died because the plea for more security was Ignored.

    Everyone is saddened by this horrific Terrorist attack against the United States of America. It was a cowardly attack that killed four American Patriots that willingly put themselves in harms way. We need to know if enough was done to avoid bringing them home in caskets.


    October 22, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. Lonnetta

    Why have none of mitt s sons every joined the military not one? There are individuals that do not care till the 9th ending well I watch till the midnight hour and pick and chose whom I think is the most reliable and those that report the news NOT THEIR VIEWS I HAVE MY OWN /

    October 22, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. Chris Mannoia

    What we need tonight is specifics; no more name-calling, no more vague messages. Tonight we need to hear both the president and gov. Romney state exactly what they will do in situations that effect us globally.

    October 22, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Namesamuel rolf

    I am a small farmer in Colorado and have supported my wife and her partner with all of my savings and credit. And after one year of small business we have ten plus employees. We all will vote for the President of the United States of America Barrack Obama. God bless america

    October 22, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  23. Invince

    Ryan scares me on foreign policy. He sounds like a war monger. He suggests that we would have boots on the ground in Syria. Syria could be another Vietnam. Afghanistan was Russia's downfall. Haven't we learned better.

    October 22, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  24. Lloyd Small

    The President says Job #1 is security of the American people. I suppose that doesn't include the security of ambassadors in dangerous places of the world or their staffs and security personnel.

    October 22, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. cbray

    Romney sounds realistic honest and knowledgeable on terrorism is prevalent whereas Obama sounds as though he wants to watch the world's terrorism get worse

    October 22, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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