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Obama and Romney duke it out in third and final debate

DELRAY BEACH, Fl. (WXOW) --  President Barack Obama and republican Mitt Romney outlined different visions of the U.S. role in the world Monday night.      

The two men debated foreign policy in the final debate before election day.

Romney opened by criticizing Obama's policies toward Islamic extremism.

"We can't kill our way out of this mess. We're going to have to put in place a comprehensive and robust strategy to help the world of Islam and other parts of the world reject this radical violent extremism."

President Obama says Romney has not been in a position to execute foreign policy.

"Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy you seem to want to import the foreign policy of the 1980s, just like the social policy of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s."

The president later accused Romney of calling for increases in military spending that the Pentagon doesn't want.

Romney said, "I want to make sure that we have the ships that are acquired to our Navy. Our Air Force is older and smaller than anytime since it was founded in 1947."

The president countered, "I think Governor Romney maybe hasn't spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the Navy for example and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well Governor, we also have less horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed."

One thing the two candidates did agree on, was that they both said they are opposed to sending U.S. troops to Syria to end the violence there.

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