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Mon October 22, 2012
#LynnDebate 2012: WLRN Live Blog
WLRN-Miami Herald News is live-blogging from Lynn University, the site of the last presidential debate here in Boca Raton. You can check back here at WLRN.org for highlights and updates.
The third and final debate on foreign policy is over, but there wasn't a lot here for a South Florida audience. Most of the talk was about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lots on Pakistan. A bit on Israel. And almost no discussion at all about our neighbors in Latin America. To learn about the candidates' differences on foreign policy in Latin America, listen to our one of our Florida Roundup pre-debate special.
Still no talk of Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti or Mexico.
Obama and Romney go back and forth over Israel here in Boca Raton, a city with a large Jewish population. Both candidates say they are pro-Israel.
Obama says the U.S. ties with Israel are "unbreakable."
Romney, however, says that Obama went on an "apology tour" to middle east countries and didn't visit Israel during the beginning of his time in office. He tells Obama, "they noticed that you skipped Israel."
Obama, however, reminds Romney that he visited a Holocaust museum while he campaigned four years ago.
Marketplace's China Correspondent tweets this in response to Romney's comments on Latin America.
Re: Romney's comment ab Latin America as the new China: US trade with Latin America last year: $772 million; trade with China: $539 billion
— Rob Schmitz (@rob_schmitz) October 23, 2012
Mitt Romney says Latin America's economy is as big as China's. He says "Latin America is a huge opportunity for us," because of the language. Romney says he wants to increase trade there.
(Update:) Romney: "We're going to increase our trade. Trade grows about 12 percent a year. It doubles about every five or so years. We can do better than that, particularly in Latin America. The opportunities for us in Latin America we have just not taken advantage of fully. As a matter of fact, Latin America's economy is almost as big as the economy of China. We're all focused on China. Latin America is a huge opportunity for us-- time zone, language opportunities."
Schieffer reminds President Obama and Mitt Romney about the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, "the closest we ever got to nuclear war," he says.
Bob Schieffer, tonight's debate moderator, opens the debate.
Thirty minutes away from the start of this night's debate, this is what the press room located at Lynn University's gym.
Deborah Acosta ran into Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., inside the #LynnDebate pressroom. He told Deborah that he thinks Cuban immigration policy has to change.
Currently, Cubans can be granted political asylum in the U.S., making their immigration process much easier than other nationalities.
"You are seeing some people coming here claiming political asylum and saying they have left for political reasons, and yet a day after being here they are traveling back to Cuba 25 times a year," he says. "That doesn't sound to me like that's the purpose of the Cuban Adjustment Act. So, I do think [it] needs to be re-examined."
WLRN News Director Dan Grech and Social Media Director Danny Rivero ran into the Lynn University Journalism program... and it's all ladies!
WLRN/Miami Herald's Deborah Acosta caught up with Sen. John McCain in the debate press room. He says President Obama's domestic and foreign policy an "abysmal failure."