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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.

Bear in Ct October 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Redistribution and Failed 3rd world collectivism!!! Obama's Scheme!!!
Bear in Ct October 23, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Obama was Juvenile and Rude, rather than answering for his failures, he deflected to Bains trades with China?? Who cares, How about being a Man... Thats Michelles Job!!!
Bill October 23, 2012 at 05:23 PM
"Question: Which of your last two guys signed a law outlawing blacks from carrying the U.S. Mail?" Oh Hawkeye, do you really want to go down the racist road? Do we need to point out, in the modern era which party wanted to keep segregation, Jim Crow laws, founded the KKK, still had party members in the KKK in the 50's and 60's? You know the answers to these questions, but I'll give you three guess's and the first 2 don't count (hint: it wasn't the republicans)
James October 23, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Obama did not fix the healthcare issue. That is a myth. It's worse than ever. Cost is going up. Out of pocket deductibles are getting larger and larger. We will be paying taxes now for healthcare benefits we will not see for 4 years. So our wallets are being raided now for future benefits, we all know we will never see without paying even more taxes. This administration spent billions on a failed Stimulus Package, increased the size and cost of the Fed, Government,and then lost track of where a huge chunk of those Billions of dollars event went! Then there are the cronies that were given millions for failed businesses like Solyndra. Oh yeah, let's not forget the Fast and Furious debacle and attempted cover up. You would call that success?
wyatt October 24, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Interesting that almost all the comments are anti-Obama. Dare we project this into an unscientific poll and say that CT may go for Romney?

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