Gov. Mitt Romney stressed the importance of the U.S. economy in keeping the military strong. "You can't have 23 million people struggling to get a job. ... We have to get our economy going," he said.
He also accused President Barack Obama of weakening alliances with Israel and Poland, saying that cooperation between those nations has weakened under the Obama administration.
Obama took a confident stance, declaring, "The the world needs a strong America, and it is stronger now than when I came into office." He added, "Gov. Romney, our alliances have never been stronger."
The president then went back on the offensive, saying, "Both at home and abroad, he has proposed wrong and reckless policies."