Obama, Romney talk foreign policy in final debate
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Election Day is exactly two weeks from today, and early voting is already underway. President Obama and Mitt Romney took part in their final debate Monday night.
The debate centered on foreign policy, and was moderated by journalist Bob Schieffer.
Obama and Romney traded barbs on each other's policy stances. Schieffer asked specific questions about Syria, saying its civil war had spilled over into Lebanon.
In response, Obama outlined the United States reaction to the crisis.
"What we've done is organize the international community, saying Assad has to go,” the president said. “We've mobilized sanctions against that government, we've made that they are isolated, we've provided humanitarian assistance, and we are helping the opposition organize, and we're particularly interested in making sure what we're mobilizing the moderate forces inside of Syria.”
GOP candidate Gov. Mitt Romney said Syria was a chance for America to step up in the Middle East.
"First of all, 30,000 people being killed by their government is a humanitarian disaster. Secondly, Syria is an opportunity for us because Syria plays an important role in the Middle East, particularly right now,” Romney said. “Syria is Iran's only ally in the Arab world, it's their route to the sea. It’s the route for them to arm Hezbollah in Lebanon, which threatens of course, our ally, Israel."
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