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Final Presidential Debate Of 2012
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Oct 24, 2012 - 12:37:08 PM

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA—Presidential candidates for the 2012 election had their third and final debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida on Monday, October 22 as they focused primarily on foreign policy.

The moderator was veteran newsman of CBS, Bob Schieffer, who directed questions for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Democratic President Barack Obama. The format of the debate varied from the previous two debates as both candidates were seated and a notably less aggressive debate took place.

The candidates covered a variety of topics such as the country's next steps in Afghanistan, dealing with Iran's nuclear issue, the country's relationship with Israel and negotiating with China.

Many sources of both political parties had referred to Romney's role as more passive in the debate as he tended to agree to many of Obama's statements. However, there were many heated moments in the argument as each candidate tried to advocate their beliefs to the American people.
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Photo courtesy of Mitt Romney's official Facebook page.


On the topic of the attack of Americans in Libya, Romney stated "
We're going to have to recognize that we have to do as the president has done. I congratulate him on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in al-Qaeda."

"But we can't kill our way out of this mess," he continued. "We're going to have to put in place a very comprehensive and robust strategy to help the world of Islam and other parts of the world, reject this radical violent extremism, which is certainly not on the run."

Obama responded by listing his various accomplishments such as ending the war in Iraq, refocusing attention towards those who attacked the United States on September 11 and going after al-Qaeda's leadership. 

"But I think it's important to step back and think about what happened in Libya. Keep in mind that I and Americans took leadership in organizing an international coalition that made sure that we were able to, without putting troops on the ground at the cost of less than what we spent in two weeks in Iraq, liberate a country that had been under the yoke of dictatorship for 40 years," said Obama.
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Photo courtesy of Barack Obama's official website.

Schieffer proceeded with a question to the president asking whether he regretted his decision regarding the Egyptian turmoil with President Mubarak as some in his administration did not agree with his decision. 

"No, I don't, because I think that America has to stand with democracy. The notion that we would have tanks run over those young people who were in Tahrir Square, that is not the kind of American leadership that John F. Kennedy talked about 50 years ago," Obama stated.

When the question was directed to Romney he agreed with Obama stating, "No. I believe, as the president indicated, and said at the time that I supported his -- his action there. I felt that -- I wish we'd have had a better vision of the future," said Romney.

Romney continued by saying, "I wish that, looking back at the beginning of the president's term and even further back than that, that we'd have recognized that there was a growing energy and passion for freedom in that part of the world, and that we would have worked more aggressively with our friend and with other friends in the region to have them make the transition towards a more representative form of government, such that it didn't explode in the way that it did."

At one point of the debate, Schieffer accidentally made a slip-up by referring to former Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden as Obama Bin Laden. He stated he did not realize the mistake until watching a re-run of the debate.

Those who oppose Romney state he was too passive during the debate and merely agreed with what Obama was saying as well. Those who oppose Obama argue that the president's demeaning tone was outlandish and unprofessional.

Romney claimed during the debate that the United States' military was at it's smallest since 1917 while Obama said, "Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines."

Obama argued that his opponent continuously changed his ideas and could not be seen as reliable to the American people due to his inability to stay true to his word. Romney, on the other hand, argued Obama showed weakness to other countries on what he identified as an apology tour.

American citizens have a difficult task come election day on Tuesday, November 6 as they must determine who they think will best lead this country into a successful future.









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