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Romney, Obama pledge commitment to Israel at final debate
Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:37AM
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President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney both pledged commitment to the Israeli regime’s interests at the last U.S. presidential debate on Monday.


During the last debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, which lasted almost 90 minutes, Obama and Romney expressed strong support for Israel, the only possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle East.


Obama said his administration would “stand with Israel if they are attacked.” Romney also said he would show Israel that the U.S. has its back militarily.


Meanwhile, they accused Iran of seeking nuclear weapons despite the fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has never found any evidence of diversion in Tehran's nuclear energy program toward military purposes. The Islamic Republic has repeatedly stated that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.


President Obama said he had prepared the ground for imposing the toughest sanctions on Tehran.  His Republican opponent lauded the sanction regime but said that he would have put them in place earlier.


The candidates’ final debate, which was primarily focused on foreign policy occasionally strayed into domestic policy.


During the debate, Obama, who has lost the lead he held until recently in many polls of the presidential race, harshly criticized his opponent for being inconsistent on foreign affairs.


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


On a whole range of issues, including ending the war in Afghanistan, a possible U.S. military intervention in Syria and the controversial use of drones in other nations, the two candidates were in broad agreement.




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