Final Debate Drifts from Foreign to Economic Policy

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President Barack Obama and the man who wants to take his job, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, sat side-by-side for their third and final debate before Election Day at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

In their closing arguments to the American people, they focused on foreign policy but often drifted off topic to the economy.

President Obama said Gov. Romney is "all over the map" and inexperienced. Romney took a less aggressive tone in this debate, but painted a negative picture of the president, even saying to him downright, "you've been wrong."

President Obama came out on the attack, accusing Romney of having an old school foreign policy, saying, "The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back."

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The accusation was in reference to a remark Romney made earlier in the campaign season that Russia was the nation's biggest threat. Romney clarified, saying he said it was a threat, but that the biggest threat to national security is a nuclear Iran.

Romney came out of the gate swinging, too. He congratulated the president on killing Osama bin Laden, but said, "We can't kill our way out of this mess."

Obama insisted he is being tough on Iran, saying "As long as I'm president of the United States, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon."

Romney continued the attack that his vice presidential candidate sparred with Vice President Joe Biden about during their debate, that Iran is "four years closer to having a nuclear weapon."

Romney was most aggressive when he accused the president of going on what he called an "apology tour."

"You went to the Middle East and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. And by way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region, but you went to the other nations. And by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel," Romney charged.

Romney said the president had been dismissive and derisive and accused him of saying that America had dictated other nations.

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"Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators," Romney said.

President Obama went on the offensive, saying what Romney said about him apologizing simply wasn't true.

"This has been probably the biggest whopper that's been told during the course of this campaign, and every fact-checker and every reporter's looked at it. The governor has said this is not true," Obama said.

Unlike previous debates, there were times when Obama's views and Romney's views hardly contrasted.
 
On Israel, both President Obama and Gov. Romney said they would stand with Israel if it's attacked.

On Afghanistan, Romney said he backed the president's plan to pull troops out by the end of 2014.

Both candidates said they oppose sending U.S. troops into Syria.

Another thing they shared: both seemed to want to talk about the economy. Mitt Romney even got through his usual talking points of his five point plan to rebuild the economy, and President Obama made points about education.

At one point the moderator, Bob Schieffer of CBS News said, "Let me get back to foreign policy."

On social media, Americans seemed less engaged in this debate than the other debates. It's unclear whether it's because they weren't interested in foreign policy, if they've made-up their minds, or if it was just because this debate was up against Monday Night Football and baseball playoffs.

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