Obama and Romney Debate Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) debates with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at Lynn University on October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. President Barack Obama debates Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at Lynn University on October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Marc Serota/Getty)

With election day just two weeks away, Americans tuned in on Monday to watch the third and final presidential debate, which focused on foreign policy.

In a recent poll in three battleground states, foreign policy was only the fourth most important factor for voters, ranked below the economy, the deficit, and health care.

Did this debate change the minds of any independent voters? We check back in with AJ Dellinger of Wisconsin, Julia Pfaff of Virginia, Horacio Soberon-Ferrer of Florida, Dan Starr of Arizona, Barbara Dymond of New Hampshire, and Rick Robol of Ohio to see whether the third debate will be a factor for them.

Guests:

AJ Dellinger, Barbara Dymond, Julia Pfaff, Rick Robol, Horacio Soberon-Ferrer and Dan Starr

Produced by:

Rebecca Klein and Maggie Penman

Comments [4]

Viktors Berstis from Oregon

The real elephant in the voting booth is that the Republican party wants to keep anything good from happening in the country while we have a Democrat as president, otherwise it would finally highlight how bad the Bush years really were. If you don't believe that, how do you explain the impediments to recovery and progress imposed by the Republicans in Congress? This election is much more than about the president.

Oct. 23 2012 04:45 PM
Aud from Oregon

I was disappointed how little the candidates admit they are pretty much the same. There are some calls a president of any party would make. Romney's weakness in the debate seemed to stem from the fact that there are only minute points that he would differ from Obama on; a candidate left of Obama would have a lot more to debate with him than Romney does from the right! The level of conflict between them seems to be Romney trying to overstate his difference, as a reason to justify changing from the solid leadership we've had so far. I'm a Republican but I'll be voting for Obama this election.

Oct. 23 2012 02:30 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Foreign Policy debates are tough to watch. One guy does something, the other guy has to find a way to disagree with him, without being able to prove that his strategy would be better.

Israel was the real winner of this debate. I think they both acknowledged Israel should get a badge as school hall monitor... even though that has been their role for a very long time.

Oct. 23 2012 12:33 PM
Craig from Miami, Florida

Good morning, I just wanted to thank you guys for that great segment last night's debate. You had me in stiches this morning during my commute!

Oct. 23 2012 09:44 AM

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