The Presidential Debate season has come to a close with Monday ushering in the third and final meeting between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. The final debate was held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. The topic was set to be foreign policy but quite lengthy discussion of the economy and domestic issues did push their way in. The moderator was Bob Schieffer, host of Face The Nation on CBS.
Watch the complete 90 minute video:
Transcript: Flash Transcript from ABC News (Will be updated with official transcript within 24 hrs)
Original Air Date: Monday, October 22, 2012
Report from the LA Times:
An assertive President Obama accused Mitt Romney on Monday night of taking an unclear and vacillating approach to foreign policy, saying such confusing signals would embolden the nation’s enemies in a time of continued threats.
Romney responded by brushing aside the attacks, saying they failed to address the serious challenges — and opportunities — the country faces as the Middle East convulses in widespread upheaval.
The two men wasted no time tangling in the opening moments of their third and final presidential debate, a session devoted to national security and foreign policy.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney, consistent with the earlier debates, took a more moderate stance than he has in much of the campaign.
He praised Obama for the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden but said the country “can’t kill our way” to a solution in the Middle East. He said the answer is greater economic opportunities and the spread of freedom
Obama immediately went on the attack, citing Romney’s earlier Cold War-style rhetoric and suggesting Romney wanted to institute a 1980s foreign policy to go along with a social policy from the 1950s and economic policies from the 1920s.
“Every time you’ve offered an opinion,” the president said bluntly, “you’ve been wrong.”
Looking at the entire 2012 debate series in whole, who came out on top?