Presidential Debate: Here's What You Missed If You Skipped It

Here's what you missed if you sat out the third presidential debate. Check out some of the best moments and sound bites from Monday night.

(Click HERE for the full debate transcript and ABC News' debate analysis)

Al Qaeda

VIDEO: Romney: 'We Can't Kill Our Way Out of This Mess'
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Mitt Romney

"We can't kill our way out of this."

Al Qaeda

Barack Obama

"Gov. Romney, I'm glad that you agreed that we have been successful in going after al Qaeda, but I have to tell you that your strategy previously has been one that has been all over the map and is not designed to keep Americans safe or to build on the opportunities that exist in the Middle East."

Middle East

President says America has refocused on alliances and relationships that "neglected for a decade."
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Mitt Romney

"I can say this: that we are talking about the Middle East, and how to help the Middle East reject the kind of terrorism we're seeing and the rising tide of tumult and confusion, and attacking me is not an agenda. Attacking me is not talking about how we're going to deal with the challenges that exist in the Middle East."

Syria

Barack Obama

"What we can't do is to simply suggest that, as Gov. Romney at times has suggested, that giving heavy weapons, for example, to the Syrian opposition is a simple proposition that would lead us to be safer over the long term."

Russia

VIDEO: Romney: 'I'm Not Going to Wear Rose-Colored Glasses When it Comes to Russia'
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Mitt Romney

"I have clear eyes on this. I'm not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin, and I'm certainly not going to say to him 'I'll give you more flexibility after the election. After the election, he'll get more backbone."

Russia

Barack Obama

"Gov. Romney, I'm glad that you recognize that al Qaeda is a threat because a few months ago when you asked what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia – not al Qaeda – you said Russia. The 1980s are now calling and asking for their foreign policy back."

Israel

Mitt Romney

"Mr. President, the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East, and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. And by the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region. And by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel."

Israel

VIDEO: The candidates on the U.S. relationship with Israel and the threat of a nuclear Iran.
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Barack Obama

"First of all, Israel is a true friend. It is our greatest ally in the region. And if Israel is attacked, America will stand with Israel. I've made that clear throughout my presidency. And ... I will stand with Israel if they are attacked. And this is the reason why, working with Israel, we have created the strongest military and intelligence cooperation between our two countries in history.

"In fact, this week we'll be carrying out the largest military exercise with Israel in history, this very week. But to the issue of Iran, as long as I'm president of the United States, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon. I made that clear when I came into office."

Iran

Mitt Romney

"When the president of Iran, Ahmadinejad, says that our debt makes us not a great country, that's a frightening thing.

"I think from the very beginning, one of the challenges we've had with Iran is that they've looked at this administration and felt that this administration was not as strong as it needed to be. I think they saw weakness where they had expected to find American strength."

Iran

VIDEO: President Obama says Mitt Romney has changed his mind on a whole range of issues.
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Barack Obama

"Now that represents the opportunity we have to take advantage of. And, you know, Gov. Romney, I'm glad that you agree that we have been successful in going after al Qaeda, but I have to tell you that, you know, your strategy previously has been one that has been all over the map and is not designed to keep Americans safe or to build on the opportunities that exist in the Middle East."

Domestic - the Auto Industry

Mitt Romney

"I'm a son of Detroit. I was born in Detroit. My dad was head of a car company. I like American cars. And I would do nothing to hurt the U.S. auto industry. My plan to get the industry on its feet when it was in real trouble was not to start writing checks. It was President Bush that wrote the first checks. I disagree with that. I said they need — these companies need to go through a managed bankruptcy. And in that process, they can get government help and government guarantees, but they need to go through bankruptcy to get rid of excess cost and the debt burden that they'd built up."

The Navy and Bayonets

VIDEO: Obama to Romney: 'Governor, We Also Have Fewer Horses And Bayonets'
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Barack Obama

"You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have ships going underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of battleship where we're counting ships but what our capabilities are."

America's Role

President says America has refocused on alliances and relationships that "neglected for a decade."
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Barack Obama

"The world needs a stronger America and it is stronger than when I came into office. Because we ended the war in Iraq, we were able to refocus our attention on not only the terrorism threat but also beginning a transition process in Afghanistan. It also allowed us to refocus on alliances and relationships that have been neglected for a decade.

"And Gov. Romney, our alliances have never been stronger, in Asia, in Europe, in Africa, with Israel, where we have an unprecedented military and intelligence cooperation, including dealing with the Iranian threat."

China

Mitt Romney

"China has an interest that's very much like ours, in one respect, and that is they want a stable world. They don't want war, they don't want to see protectionism, they don't want to see the world break out into various forms of chaos. ...

"We can be a partner with China. We don't have to be an adversary in any way shape or form, we can work with them, we can collaborate with them if they're willing to be responsible."

China

Barack Obama

"China is both an adversary but also a potential partner in the international community if it's following the rules. So my attitude coming into office was that we're going to insist that China plays by the same rules as everybody else."

Iraq

VIDEO: Obama, Romney Clash Over Status of Forces Agreement in Iraq
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Mitt Romney

"Excuse me. It's a geopolitical foe, and I said in the same -- in the same paragraph I said ... Iran is the greatest national security threat we face. Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again. I have clear eyes on this. I'm not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin. And I'm certainly not going to say to him, I'll give you more flexibility after the election. After the election, he'll get more backbone. No. 2, with regards to Iraq, you and I agreed I believe that there should be a status of forces."

Iraq

Barack Obama

"You say that you're not interested in duplicating what happened in Iraq. But just a few weeks ago, you said you think we should have more troops in Iraq right now. And the -- the challenge we have -- I know you haven't been in a position to actually execute foreign policy -- but every time you've offered an opinion, you've been wrong. You said we should have gone into Iraq, despite that fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction.

"You said that we should still have troops in Iraq to this day. You indicated that we shouldn't be passing nuclear treaties with Russia despite the fact that 71 senators, Democrats and Republicans, voted for it. You said that, first, we should not have a timeline in Afghanistan. Then you said we should. Now you say maybe or it depends, which means not only were you wrong, but you were also confusing in sending mixed messages both to our troops and our allies."

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