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Obama vs. Romney: 6 best quotes from the Foreign Policy Debate

(AP Photos/Rick Wilking)
(AP Photos/Rick Wilking)

The fourth and final debate Monday night centered on foreign policy, but neither candidate could completely stay away from issues taking place closer to home. Collected for you are six of the top quotes from Monday night’s Foreign Policy Debate.

Mitt Romney"And the mantle of leadership for the – promoting the principles of peace has fallen to America. We didn't ask for it. But it's an honor that we have it.

"But for us to be able to promote those principles of peace requires us to be strong. And that begins with a strong economy here at home. Unfortunately, the economy is not stronger. When the — when the president of Iraq — excuse me, of Iran, Ahmadinejad, says that our debt makes us not a great country, that's a frightening thing."

Barack Obama"And if we've got math teachers who are able to provide the kind of support that they need for our kids, that's what's going to determine whether or not the new businesses are created here. Companies are going to locate here depending on whether we've got the most highly skilled workforce.

Mitt Romney"Number two, we take some programs that we are doing to keep, like Medicaid, which is a program for the poor; we'll take that healthcare program for the poor and we give it to the states to run because states run these programs more efficiently. 

Barack Obama"And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we're counting slips. It's what are our capabilities. And so when I sit down with the Secretary of the Navy and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, we determine how are we going to be best able to meet all of our defense needs in a way that also keeps faith with our troops, that also makes sure that our veterans have the kind of support that they need when they come home."

—President Barack Obama on military spending

Mitt Romney"I look around the world, I don't see our influence growing around the world. I see our influence receding, in part because of the failure of the president to deal with our economic challenges at home; in part because of our withdrawal from our commitment to our military in the way I think it ought to be; in part because of the — the — the turmoil with Israel."

Barack Obama

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