Obama and Romney Meet for Final Debate in Florida
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for their third and final presidential debate Monday and they tackled American policy in the Middle East and the country’s leadership role across the globe. It focused more on foreign policy as President Obama highlighted his achievements as commander-in-chief.
President Obama said that he managed to end the war in Iraq, moving out of Afghanistan, and killed Osama bin Laden. He maintained that he has been effective and alert in the war on terror. Romney said that the Obama administration didn’t see the changes in the Middle East and North Africa since the pro-democracy demonstrations in Iran and the revolutions of the Arab Spring. Romney claimed that the president started his term in office by conducting an apology tour in the region.
President Obama and Romney debated on issues regarding countries across the Muslim world, such as Libya, Syria, Iran, and Egypt. The president defended his handling of the insurgencies while Romney said that the United States should do more work with regards to the insurgents.
The president defended his stance on Iran and its nuclear program. He said that the sanctions imposed on Tehran crippled its economy and promised that the country would not develop a nuclear weapon under his watch.
Romney said that the region has become a threat to the United States. He said that the Al Qaeda and other jihadists are still active in the Middle East.
President Obama criticized Romney’s plan for more military spending. He said that the country couldn’t afford the additional spending and the military wasn’t asking for more. He added that the military spending has gone up every year since he became president.
Romney criticized President Obama for the cuts in certain areas of the military. He noted that the Navy today is smaller than any time since 1917. The Air Force is at its smallest level since 1947.