Watch and Chat Transcript: Final Presidential Debate

Monday, October 22, 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)

The final debate between President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney took place Monday night at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. The focus of the debate was (supposed to be) foreign policy, and it was moderated by CBS's Bob Schieffer. Brian Lehrer hosted a (Mostly) Swing State Radio Network for a call-in special to preview the debate featuring:

- Jo Ingles of the Statehouse News Bureau from Ohio Public Radio and T.V. 

- Mark Simpson, news director and Intersection host at WMFE in Central Florida

- Clay Masters, reporter with Iowa Public Radio

We'll post the audio here shortly. Below you can watch the entire debate and read a transcript of our debate live chat.


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Comments [6]

Dr Steffen Schmidt from Nevada, Iowa, USA

Many people claim that Barack Obama has done nothing during his "failed presidency."

Of course I disagree.

Here are just a few of the laws that have been passed or executive orders issued:
ObamaCare is the single most ambitious program since the New Deal
Appointed two pro-choice women to the Supreme Court
Overhauled the credit card industry, making it much more consumer-friendly.
Created the much needed The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Temporarily suspended taxes on unemployment benefits. If you are on unemployment that was a God send)
Obama launched the "Obama Doctrine" which is the American push back against Chinese military expansion in Asia (the "Asian Pivot") is the first time since Vietnam that a significant naval presence reappears in that are of the world.
Obama fixed the student loan program so banks don't double the cost of post secondary education was long overdue.The US Treasury will save $67 billion over ten years, $36 billion of which will go to expanding financial aid for lower income students through Pell Grants.
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Instituted equal pay for women
Signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Established White House Council on Women and Girls (Executive Order 13506.
Launched the National Export Initiative, with the goal of doubling US exports by 2015.

As the Washington Monthly reports:
Obama passed the Stimulus and signed $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth amid greatest recession since the Great Depression
Obama, ended the War in Iraq
Increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to the highest level since 1992
Ended "enhanced interrogations" of prisoners which experts agreed did not reveal any useful intelligence and was in violation of the geneva Convention of torture – even Republican Senator John McCain supported that.
The US killed Osama Bin Laden
Obama repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that required gay's in the military to keep their sexuality secret
Obama pushed for and signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) to re-regulate the financial sector after its practices caused the Great Recession
"In 2009, the Obama administration injected $62 billion in federal money (on top of $13.4 billion in loans from the Bush administration) into ailing GM and Chrysler in return for equity stakes and agreements for massive restructuring. Since bottoming out in 2009, the auto industry has added more than 100,000 jobs."
I have left of a ream of other actions that took place in the past four years because you are not getting academic credit for reading this.

I understand that republicans disagree with most of these policies or decisions but you cannot say the Obama administration has not been very, very active.

Oct. 22 2012 06:12 PM
M. Shah from Moon, Aurora and Solaria

Mitt Romney or Barrack Obama, doesn't matter. Dead Isaac Asimov is a better visionary than both of them.

Oct. 22 2012 02:54 PM
James from Johannesburg

Mitt will be on the attack regarding Iran..

Oct. 22 2012 01:42 PM
Gerald B from New Jersey

Mitt Romney will attack the President on what a terrible job he has done on Foreign policy.

President Obama has ended the war in Iraq; ending the war in Afganistan and bringing our sons and daughter home. No doubt Mitt Romney will complain about that.

Will say we are not safe. How will Romney make us safe? Will rattle the sabers and want us to scare our enemies.

Our new enemies are Great Britain - who Mitt Romney insulted during the Olympics

China who Bain Capital is still out uucouring jobs to, like Sonesta in Freeport, Illinois in which Mitt Romney has an 8 million dollar stake

Oct. 22 2012 11:53 AM
Steve from Irvine, CA

I have done a lot of research and the "Change" has been much different than I really expected and I am pro-employment and for Change....we have been moving forward ever too slow. Mitt: 1; Change: 0.

Oct. 22 2012 11:37 AM
Curt Renshaw from 30005

PRElection app - free in the app store. Showing Romney 55, Obama 41. Get the app and get out the vote! Vote in presidential, house and senate races.

Oct. 22 2012 11:26 AM


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