It was one last showdown between the presidential nominees as Mitt Romney and President Obama squared off over foreign affairs, or they were supposed to, when they sat down for their third debate. Our Josh Robin has the recap.
BOCA RATON, FL -- Mitt Romney sees a world teetering on chaos.
"I see Jihadists continuing to spread," said Romney.
The President sees his rival's positions as a dangerous throwback.
"Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s, and the economic policies of the 1920s," said President Obama.
For 90 minutes before tens of millions watching, the candidates sparred over foreign affairs. Largely, the perennial tinderbox of the Middle East, although surprisingly the deaths of Americans in Libya were barely a blip.
On Iran, Romney argued the President had naively assumed he could charm Tehran to stop its nuclear program.
"I think from the very beginning one of the challenges we've had with Iran is that they have looked at this administration and felt that this administration was not as strong as it needed to be. I think they saw weakness, where they had expected to find American strength," said Romney.
But the President may have had the night's most memorable line, with this retort to Romney's charge the Navy has withered.
"Governor we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military has changed. We have these things called air craft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of battleship where we're counting ships, it's what are our capabilities," said President Obama.
There weren't many differences between them, and they also together veered sharply from the questions asked. That is because domestic issues crept into many answers. Eyeing voters' concerns here at home, both candidates pledged better days.
Now, it's back to swing-state campaigning. Tuesday, the President and Vice-President will be in Ohio. Romney and his vice-presidential pick Paul Ryan are in Colorado.