Obama, Romney pledge support to Israel in final presidential debate

President Obama and and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney sparred over the best U.S. approach to the Middle East as … Continued

President Obama and and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney sparred over the best U.S. approach to the Middle East as they discussed how they would handle foreign policy in their third and final debate.

In the first half of the final presidential debate, the president and former Massachusetts governor both appeared to mention Israel seemingly in every answer as they emphasized a desire to protect the nation or our “biggest ally in the region,” as Obama said. In response to a question about Iraq, the president said:

CBS News chief Washington correspondent and “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer asked the president if he regrets the U.S. response to uprising against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak:

In defining our role in a potential conflict between Israel and Iran and would either candidate be willing to declare that an attack on Israel is an attack on the United States, Obama said America would stand with Israel.

Iran has endured strong sanctions that are crippling its economy, Obama said.

“Their currency has dropped 80 percent. Their oil production has plunged to the lowest level since they were fighting a war with Iraq 20 years ago. So their economy is in a shambles.

And the reason we did this is because a nuclear Iran is a threat to our national security, and it is a threat to Israel’s national security. We cannot afford to have a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region of the world

Romney said America has Israel’s back “not just diplomatically, not just culturally, but militarily. That’s number one.

When describing America’s role in the world, Romney said the national has a responsibility to help defend freedom, promote human rights and freedom of expression and end “those conflicts to the extent humanly possible. But in order to be able to fulfill our role in the world, America must be strong.”

He also not that America has to strengthen the military.

In response to what role is America nd our military, we’ve got to strengthen our military long-term.

Read the full debate transcript

View Photo Gallery: President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney meet at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., for the final presidential debate of the 2012 campaign.

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