Romney: ‘We Can’t Kill Our Way Out Of This Mess’

BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBSDC/AP) — The Middle East is front-and-center during Monday night’s third and final presidential debate.

Responding to a question from moderator Bob Schieffer about the turmoil in the Mideast, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the United States can’t keep taking military action in the region.

“We can’t kill our way out of this mess,” Romney said. “The key is … to get the Muslim world to be able to reject extremism on its own.”

Romney added that his administration would have a “comprehensive strategy” to help the Muslim world rise up against extremists.

Obama touted his successes under his administration by killing off top Al Qaeda leaders, ending the war in Iraq and transferring troops out of Afghanistan.

The debate is being held in Boca Raton, Fla., at Lynn University.

It comes just two weeks before Election Day and as polls show a tight race.

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