Live Blog: The Third U.S. Presidential Debate

    October 22, 2012 7:30 PM

    U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney makes a point as U.S. President Barack Obama listens during the final U.S. presidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida, October 22, 2012.
    U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney makes a point as U.S. President Barack Obama listens during the final U.S. presidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida, October 22, 2012.

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    October 22, 2012
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    Thank you for joining us for the third and final U.S. presidential debate. Stay with VOA as we continue our coverage of the race for the White House.
    9:48 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    9:46 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    Some instant reaction from the Twitterverse
    9:40 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    We made a mistake in our entry about President Obama's closing statement. We wrote that he said education, when in fact he said energy. We regret this error.
    9:37 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    Schieffer thanks the candidates and says he'll leave the audience with the words of his mom, "Go vote. It makes you feel big and strong."
    9:36 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    Complaints have already started.
    9:34 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    Closing Statement: Romney
     
    Romney says he is optimistic about the nation's future. He says he wants to promote the principles of peace, as well as make sure the nation gets its economy going. 
     
    He says he'll get the U.S. on track to a balanced budget. He says he'll get people back to work and off of food stamps. 
     
    He says America's going to come back and for that to happen, the nation needs a president who can work across the aisle.
     
    He says the U.S. is "the hope of the Earth."
     
    He says Americans need strong leadership and that he wants to be that leader.
    9:33 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    9:32 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    Closing Statement: Obama
     
    He says his administration has made real progress. He says Romney wants to take the U.S. back to Bush-era policies including foreign policy that is "wrong and reckless."
     
    He says he wants to make sure the U.S. has the best education, that it controls its own education. 
     
    He says he wants to reduce the nation's deficit so it can invest in things like research and technology. He says after a decade of war, we need to do nation building at home, including work for veterans.
     
    He promises to fight for American families and work every day to make sure America continues to be the "greatest nation on earth."
    9:30 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney makes a point as U.S. President Barack Obama listens during the final U.S. presidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida, October 22, 2012.
    U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney makes a point as U.S. President Barack Obama listens during the final U.S. presidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida, October 22, 2012.
    9:29 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    Obama says Romney was very clear that he would not provide assistance to auto manufacturers even if they went through bankruptcy. Obama says it is true that in order for the U.S. to be competitive, it will need to make some choices. 
     
    But targeting Romney's plans, he says things like cutting education will not help the U.S. compete with China.
     
    Obama says the U.S. cannot return to the same policies that got the U.S. into trouble in the first place.
     
    Romney says he agrees the nation needs to move forward, but says he does not want to see it go back to the policies of the last four years, which he says have not worked. 
     
    He says it is a tragedy that the last four years have been so hard. He says it's critical for the U.S. to be an attractive place for jobs again, and that's not going to happen by hiring more teachers.
    9:27 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    9:26 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    Schieffer asks if labeling China as acurrency manipulator would start a trade war.
     
    Romney says there is already a trade war, a silent one.
     
    Romney says the current situation involving China's trade practices, including holding down its currency, cannot go on.
     
    Obama says the U.S. absolutely has to make more progress but that currency levels are at the most advantageous for U.S. exporters than they've ever been.
     
    He says his administration believes that China can be a partner but is making very clear that the U.S. is a Pacific power and will have a presence in the region.
     
    Romney refutes Obama's statement that Romney would like to see more auto industry jobs overseas.

    Obama interrupts Romney to say that he did not say he would provide government help to the auto companies.

    Romney criticizes Obama for investing in companies pursuing energy efficiency rather than research.

     
    9:21 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    9:19 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    Greatest threat to U.S. national security
     
    Obama cites terrorism and then transitions to talking about China, which Schieffer outlined as the next topic of discussion.
     
    Obama mentions cases in which the admnistration fought unfair Chinese trading practices.
     
    Romney says the greatest national security threat is a nuclear Iran.
     
    Romney says the U.S. can be a partner with China if they're willing to be responsible.
     
    But he says China is looking to see if America is going to be strong. He says a Romney administration would also make sure the U.S.-China trade relationship "works for us."

    He repeats that he would declare China a "currency manipulator" from day one.
    9:17 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney listens during the final U.S. presidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida, October 22, 2012.
    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney listens during the final U.S. presidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida, October 22, 2012.
    9:16 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    9:15 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    Obama says his administration's strategy was not just going after bin Laden and that it has created partnerships across the region to battle terrorism.
     
    He said the plan has included supporting reforms in those nations, such as support for women's rights.
     
    Obama says the U.S. stood on the side of democracy and the people in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
    9:13 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    Pakistan
     
    Schieffer points out that General Allen said Americans continue to die at hands of people supported by Pakistan, yet we continue to give Pakistan billions of dollars.
     
    Schieffer asks if it is time for the U.S. to divorce itself from Pakistan. 
     
    Romney says no. He says Pakistan is technically an ally, though it's not acting like an ally right now. He says he does not blame the Obama administration for the fact that the relationship is strained. He says the U.S. has to help Pakistan move to a more responsible course.
     
    Romney says it's important for the U.S. to realize it can't just walk away from Pakistan.
     
    Romney says the U.S. is going to have to have a far more effective and comprehensive strategy to move the world away from terrorism and Islamic extremism.
     
    Romney says the U.S. has not seen the progress it needs to have.
    9:11 PM
    October 22, 2012
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    It sounds to some that Schieffer accidentally called the former al-Qaida leader "Obama bin Laden".

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    by: Sarah from: London
    October 23, 2012 11:23 AM
    “Tough on China? Pervading silence surrounding Tibet:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30FrcGN_XkQ”

    by: Gary from: Ohio
    October 23, 2012 1:30 AM
    I am a supporter for Romney. In this troubled economy we need a strong business man with successful track record. That being said I think he will have a hard time winning against an immoral president that supports everything immoral going on in the country mainly supporting murdering babies because of actions of unresponsible people and supporting gay marraige which completely adds to the rot and decay of this country by blurring the line of what should be a normal , moral and strong family consisting of a loving and God respecting Father and Mother.

    by: Melissa Trimble from: Kentucky
    October 22, 2012 10:29 PM
    I believe more everyday that Romney is the better way to go for a better economy .

    by: Raman from: NY
    October 22, 2012 10:15 PM
    Obama is lying. He did apologize to the world about America. His alleged involvement in foreign countreis resulted in a 14 yr old being shot in Pakistan. Omimbo just doest not get it. The guy is clueless. Not fit to be a leader.

    by: Jared from: NJ
    October 22, 2012 9:41 PM
    Check out http://ufeud.com/debate.aspx?ID=769 Debate in real time alongside the candidates. First time ever on the internet in this format.

    by: M Cav from: Texas
    October 22, 2012 9:40 PM
    Why as Romney not drafted during Vietnam? Was he deferred for being a Mormon missionary in France for 30 months? He has five sons. I am not aware of any of them volunteering to serve in the U.S. military. Why? He talks strong military, but his family expects the rest of us to do the bleeding for them.

    by: Tommy the Brit from: UK
    October 22, 2012 9:30 PM
    The key here is image, not the issues. The US electorate, by and large, do not care two hoots what goes on outside of the continental United States (they mostly don’t care about Hawaii or Alaska either). The questions are Bob Schieffer’s, not shared with campaigns or aides, and it is the 90 minutes of the debate that will burn into the television audience’s minds who they should elect to be the next President of the United States.

    (That said - the issues still matter: http://goo.gl/MrcgY)

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