Obama vs. Romney, Rd. 3: The Bayonet Battle of Boca Raton

NBC News takes you behind the scenes and gauges the temperature on the Web as President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney meet for their third and final debate in Boca Raton, Fla. For complete coverage, turn to http://NBCPolitics.com

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  2. Tonight's memes: Bayonets and beloved teachers

  3. Romney's attack:
  4. “Our Navy is smaller now than any time since 1917,” Romney said. “The Navy said it needed 313 ships, now it’s down to 285, and it’s headed down to the low 200s if we go through sequestration. That’s unacceptable to me.”
  5. Obama's parry 
  6. “But I think Gov. Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works,” said Obama. “You mention the Navy, and how we have fewer ships than 1916. We also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military has changed. We have aircraft carriers; we have ships that go underwater; nuclear submarines.”
  7. Watch for yourself: 
  8. I don't always fight wars...
  9. The Obama campaign has promoted a tweet on the...
  10. Who doesn't love teachers? 
  11. When the candidates veered into discussion of the American education system despite the debate's supposed focus on foreign policy, and Romney declared that he "loves teachers," moderator Bob Schieffer opined: 
  12. The serious stuff: Foreign policy give and take 

  13. Memes aside, tonight's debate was to be focused on foreign policy, and it largely was. Here's a look at some of the topics covered.
  14. America's place in the world