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Who Won the Final Obama-Romney Presidential Debate?

The third presidential debate, moderated by CBS' Bob Schieffer, ended with sparring on foreign policy. Connecticut residents reacted real-time in a Patch live chat.

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney duked it out in the last presidential debate of the 2012 election season on Monday, sparring on foreign policy issues ranging from Iran's nuclear program and fair trade with China to the violence in Libya and Syria.

Military spending was also a frequent point of contention throughout the debate, which was hosted by Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL.

The sit-down debate, moderated by CBS’s Bob Schieffer, was supposed to be centered on foreign affairs, but there still were stretches when the discussion turned to the domestic impact of overseas military spending.

Did you watch the debate? Who do you think won? Tell us in the comments!

Patch hosted a lively statewide Live Chat during the debate that served as a digital gathering place for state political junkies. We also pulled comments in from Twitter. Here are a few of the highlights.

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.

Kaptainsteve October 25, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Maria, wasn't Obama campaigning/debating just the other night on lowering taxes? Wasn't Obama's postition on foreign meddling and "terror" the same tough-talk as Romney's? Doesn't ObamaCare leave approximately 30 million uninsured? http://cnsnews.com/news/article/cbo-obamacare-will-leave-30-million-uninsured Obama and Romney sound the same to me. Does it really make a difference who you vote for if you vote for either of the two? Nope, it really doesn't. They support the same things.
Kaptainsteve October 25, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Maria, When I said being a socialist isn't bad I was disingenuous and trying to make a point to make you aware that this is what you implied. I believe that you responded like it was a pejorative knowing, deep inside, it is a severely flawed doctrine. Socialism is not bad ONLY when all the participants are there VOLUNTARILY and can leave or cease participating VOLUNTARILY, otherwise, it is simply a euphemism for slavery. Whether you call it Marxism, Socialism, Communism or Collectivism, it's basically all the same thing, SERVE THE STATE. Collectivism has killed between 100-200 million innocent people in the 20th century alone (depending on who does the counting). Mao killed over 50 million and Stalin (many claim) nearly the same just to name two of the most famous adherents. The same Mao said China could afford to lose 2 or 3 hundred million people and same Stalin who said 1 or 2 deaths is a tragedy, 3 or 4 a statistic. (I admit that different variations of these sayings exist and it's hard to nail down which is THE precise or most accurate versions). Make no mistake about it, socialism is a bad word, and this has been unfortunately, proven.
Kaptainsteve October 25, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Is REVENUE is really the problem here folks? You really dont' think that they get enough to run this country, you remember, the country that was established with the credo of protecting our "life, liberty and pursuit of happiness?" Revenue is NOT the problem, CORRUPT CRONY POLITICS/BANKSTERS/CORPORTATION ARE. The debt is now over 16 Trillion yet you think we need to dig up the pennies that fell behind the coach cushions and send them in to these criminals??? You've got to be kidding yourselves, 'cuz you ain't kidding anyone else.
Nichole October 26, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Suzmar, Who do you think writes that website? Mitt Romney is just sitting around in the middle of a campaign, perfecting his website? No, one of his word savvy, media manipulative invisible men takes on the task. My theory is if you can't answer a question with thoroughness and confidence, in person on the spot, you have no right to be up there in the first place. Referring us to his website is a cop out and quite frankly it makes him look incompetent.
Nichole October 29, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I pay 15% now, and unless you’re in the lower quartile, most of us pay close to that. I have been setting my own path, and plan on ending up in a place where I make a wealthy sum. I don't think after all the hard work I should have to pay my fair share X25. I get it, the country needs roads and good schools, so it’s just the way it has to be. The top one percent of wage earners in this country pay for twenty-two percent of this country. Let’s not call them names while they’re doing it, is all I’m saying. I don't agree with the silver spoon fed a-holes that have never raised a finger, getting any sort of deals; but I would be furious if I worked to get where I was to give way more than my fair share to a corrupt tax system. Have you been to the bottom? Have you seen the type of people that leach down there? It may sound harsh, but a few of my family members are the bloodsuckers and I'm sick of seeing the systems drag. It is easy to talk like a humanitarian until you see firsthand, the abuse of the system from the people who use it. The middle class suffer this system of angry rich and entitled poor.

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