"Attacking me is not an agenda," says Romney. Women didn't respond well to that according to undecideds but men did.
Romney: I indicated Russia is a geo-political foe. (Obama tries to interrupt) Romney: I have clear eyes on this.
Romney needs to stop asking O questions and then yielding the floor to O.
Romney: accuses president of using attacks in place of an agenda. And says called Russia "geopolitical foe" -- they block US in the UN.
Obama: Here's one thing I've learned being commander in chief. You have to be clear. #CNNDebate
The arguing between the two candidates brings the #CNNUndecideds dials WAY down. Watch only on CNN screen. #CNNdebate
GENDER GAP: Throughout the debate, the women in the CNN focus group favor Obama and Men favor Romney. #CNNDebate.
O upgrades friendship w Israel. Two weeks ago he called Israel "one of" of our top allies in the region.
Obama claimed Romney advocated for leaving troops in Iraq at a speech. Here is what Romney said during his major foreign policy address at Virginia Military Institute on October 8:
"In Iraq, the costly gains made by our troops are being eroded by rising violence, a resurgent Al-Qaeda, the weakening of democracy in Baghdad, and the rising influence of Iran. And yet, America’s ability to influence events for the better in Iraq has been undermined by the abrupt withdrawal of our entire troop presence. The President tried—and failed—to secure a responsible and gradual drawdown that would have better secured our gains."
Romney uses pres hot mic words on Russia against him. Romney: I wont tell them more flexibility after the election. Feisty debate already.
Bob Schieffer is, according to Twitter, right on time.
Schieffer asks about Syria: Should we reassess our policy in Syria? Obama answers first.
As of October 2012, more than 29,000 Syrians have been killed, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria.
Obama on Syria: I am confident Assad's day's are numbered.
In their initial exchanges, Obama attempts to question Romney's preparedness for handling foreign policy issues. Romney attempts to demonstrate his broad knowledge of a variety of issues, and says Obama is focused on attacking him.
O has now mentioned Israel twice. I won't be surprised if he puts on a yarmulke before this is over.
pres looks petulant. impatient w romney. he should not let himself get too hot. this is job interview for nuke button. #cnndebate
Romney maintains his support for helping Saudi Arabia and Qatar arm Syrian rebels. What he doesn't say is how he would prevent those arms from getting in the hands of America's enemies.
So far more people have said Obama has answered and Romney has dodged...let's see how this plays out the entire debate.
"Syria is an opportunity for us," said Romney. "Seeing Syria remove Assad is a very high priority for us... we don't want to have military involvement there."
Romney said he supports working with "responsible parties" in Syria to eventually take President Bashar al-Assad's place. "This is a critical opportunity for America."
Obama on whether US role in removing Gaddafi in Libya: Governor, your suggestion was that this was mission creep.
Soledad is at the Undecideds location, and she has pictures below:
Romney comes out against US participation in no fly zone over Syria.
Romney says he doesn't want the U.S. military involved in Syria. He was responding to a question about no-fly zones in the troubled country, a measure advocated by fellow Republican John McCain.