President Obama and Mitt Romney had a heated exchanges over Israel and the size of the U.S. military in their final debate, held in Florida on Monday night.
The sharpest exchanges of the evening came when Romney accused Obama of showing weakness and apologizing to the Middle East on behalf of America.
“From the very beginning, one of the challenges we’ve had with Iran … I think they saw weakness where they expected to find American strength,” Romney said. “And then the president began what I have called an apology tour, of going to various nations in the Middle East and criticizing America.”
Romney continued to say Obama “skipped Israel” on his “apology tour” and went on Middle Eastern TV and called the United States “dismissive and derisive.”
Obama was prepared for the frequent criticism.
“This has been probably the biggest whopper that’s been told during the course of this campaign,” he said.
“If we’re going to talk about trips that we’ve taken,” Obama said, “when I was a candidate for office, first trip I took was to visit our troops. And when I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn’t take donors. I didn’t attend fundraisers … I went to … the Holocaust museum there to remind myself of the nature of evil and why our bond with Israel will be unbreakable.”
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