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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.

Nathan McKay October 23, 2012 at 06:03 PM
When al-Qaeda gets a fleet bigger than ours (which they won't) we should buy more ships. A lot more ships. Until then I think our seas are safe.
LiveForFreedom October 23, 2012 at 08:28 PM
BTW for a sake of accuracy here, please tell President Obama that the United States Marines still issue bayonets as standard issue. The election is not about who is a better candidate at the debates. Rather it is going to come down to how much one dislikes Obama's policies. It will be a referendum on the Economy.
Chris Griffin October 24, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Agreed, it is not about winning the debates directly but it is still important. Winning the debates will help win over the undecided voters which could be the key to the real victory on election day. I see a lot of "who cares who won" posts and the answer is: undecided voters. Undecided voters in swing states that is. President Obama will win CT.
jane October 24, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Which taxes are higher now than in 2008? And you want to go back to 2008 economy? WTH
jane October 24, 2012 at 01:44 PM
BTW - for the sake of accuracy, Iran does not border Syria. BTW - for the sake of accuracy, Iran has its own seas. BTW - the big airplanes that land on the big aircraft carriers don't have passenger windows that roll down either.

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