In this photo combo, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, left and President Barack Obama face each other during the third presidential debate with President Barack Obama at Lynn University, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, David Goldman)
In the early stages of Monday night's presidential debate, the third and last between the candidates, President Obama was again more aggressive than Gov. Mitt Romney, offering far more critical comments than his Republican counterpart.
On the topic of Syria, Romney largely echoed the comments of President Obama. "We don't want to have military involvement there," he said. "We don't want to get drawn into a military conflict."
However, the White House has not been taking a leadership role diplomatically in Syria, Romney said. He added that "we've watched over the past year or so, first the president saying, 'Well we'll let the U.N. deal with it. ... We should be playing the leadership role."
Obama countered: "We are playing the leadership role."
The president also zeroed in on Romney's practical foreign policy experience: "What you just heard Governor Romney said is he doesn't have different ideas. And that's because we're doing exactly what we should be doing."