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.

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soundoff (426 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Romney tried to counter the Bin Laden hit early on... I don't know if that is all he has. It certainly seems so.

    October 22, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Name Kevin Elyria Ohio

    God bless our troops!

    October 22, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. Name

    Romney says "we can't kill our way out". Is he saying that killing bin laden was not the way to go?

    October 22, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. becky

    Mr. Romney thinks in terms of his position as a CEO or the President of a company. The problems that he has faced are less complicated than those faced by a President on foreign policy issues. His naivety was shown when he was in London when he talked about the Olympics versus the Olympics in Salt Lake City. He did not acknowledge that he games were different because of the time of year they were held. He only needed to congratulate the people in London and state that he knew they would be successful. He did not do that and wound up insulting the people, the Olympic committee and the English people. Mr. Romney managed to make people angry during the Salt Lake City Olympics because of his failure to listen. Everything was his way or no way, period. Unfortunately, a President needs to have tact and be diplomatic at all times. The real words must wait until the President is alone with people from the other country. Still, there must be tact and diplomacy there as well.

    Mr. Romney's performance in the last debate when he resorted to finger pointing and verbal challenges was enough to show me that he is not ready to be President of the United States never mind Commander in Chief. He is too quick to go to battle putting our military personnel in harm's way.

    October 22, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Buffalo Soldier78

    I retired from the Army and I have retired from a major Fortune 500 company. One of the traits that I found and admired in the leaders and managers that I worked with was tahta they led by example.What they said, they believed.... and so did I. Mitt Flipflop Romney could never lead me to anything.

    October 22, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. Washburn

    The problemn is that neither canidate offers a solution to the horrible situation that Americans find themselves facing. Looking back at how G.W. treated America as his private toy room, it's a miracle that America still exists. Anyone entering this mess would have had lots of problems and heaven knows our President was known as someone without experience. And he continues to act as someone without experience. Is Romney better? The inexperienced or the unknown? We voters have to choose between two lesser evils instead of between two of the best. No wonder they are running tied! Look to someone else. That is our only chance. Someone with a good record and experience. Someone who can save the town at High Noon! Write in a President. Someone like Ron Paul or Hillary Clinton or, for heavens sake Bill Clinton, then let Congress and Senate pass a law that would allow him to be President again. Laws can be changed! This situation certainly would call for a repeal of a bad law. Listen to the prophets, folks, the world as we know it is certainly facing a dooms day!

    October 22, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. John

    Glad to hear the Obama comment about not engaging in nation building in the Mideast.

    October 22, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. Fitzzie

    No doubt foreign policy is an important piece of the puzzle, but the economy is what will decide this election.

    The statistics on the economy over the last four years are terrible and indisputable....look them up for yourselves. Obama's "plan" has been an absolute failure and if you believe otherwise you are not being honest with yourself.

    October 22, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  9. Okie

    Romney was waiting for the President to attack him, that is all Romney prepared for tonight. Now he has nothing else.

    October 22, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. Lloyd Small

    Becky, where did you get your information that Gov. Romney is or would be "trigger happy" if he were President? There is nothing in his speeches or writings that indicate that he would shoot first and ask questions later. I'm a retired Army Colonel. I've served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, and Iraq. As an American, I did not necessarity agree with the American foreign policy that put me in several of those places; however, as a soldier, I could not find reason to disobey the orders to commit myself and troops to those places and obeyed the POTUS.

    October 22, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. Buffalo Soldier78

    President Obama's message for what he will do in his next term is very clear. Continue cleaning up the mess that GWB and his Republican friends created.

    October 22, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. John

    How does Romney think we can organize a new government in Syria or even choose who will take control after Assad? Americans are tired of pouring resources and men into the Mideast.

    October 22, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. Erin

    Seems like Romney is saying the pres is doing a good job. Thanks, Mitt for your support.

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

    I can't tell how Romney would handle Syria differently. Sounds same to me.

    October 22, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. Okie

    Romney is thinking, let's get past foreign policy, beads of sweat beads of sweat, I have no idea about this subject.

    October 22, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  16. Dakota

    Wow, here we go again with constant interruptions and the back and forth. They are both awful. But only one of them, to my knowledge, offered to make the Russians a better deal once re-elected. How can any of you trust him? Romney may be unproven on foreign policy but I don't think he will sell America out like Obama will. We know Obama will .... I will take my chances with Romney.

    October 22, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. Deb

    Romney is out of his league. President states his plan Romney rambles ...

    October 22, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  18. anonoymous

    Mr Obama you're doing a great job!

    October 22, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  19. Invince

    No one has changed the minds of the religious right wing in the US, how can we change the minds of the religious extremists in the Mideast?

    October 22, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  20. nanging3

    This not a debate iit s another ambush. That is what happens when Liberals "moderate".

    October 22, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  21. Ruben

    Romney just wants to arm and bomb everyone... that aggressive policy wont bring anything good to our country.

    October 22, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. Invince

    Subject change...Romney can't talk foreign policy.

    October 22, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. Gurgyl

    Excellent, OBAMA12.
    Mitt has no foreign policy. Period.

    October 22, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. shiel

    Old way was USA controlling "my way or the highway" attitude in internationsl politics. Obama & administration build relationships with allies to support international change & not rush to send military troops to war. Thank goodness.

    October 22, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  25. John

    Romney sounds like a tool of the military industrial complex. He has no sense of the waste in our military budget.

    October 22, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
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