He doesn’t have different ideas, because we’re doing exactly what we should be doing [in Syria].President Obama, trying to turn the areas that he and Mitt Romney agree on into a validation of his own policies. He also mentioned Romney’s support of the Libyan intervention, a rare moment of deference to his opponent’s judgment.
I’m confident that Assad’s days are numbered.Barack Obama, speaking on Syria. He condemned Mitt Romney’s stance on arming the Syrian rebels, specifically “the idea that we should deliver heavy weaponry to the free Syrian army” without being certain of their intentions and membership.
A few months ago, when you were asked who was America’s biggest geopolitical threat, you said Russia. Not al-Qaeda…you want to go back to the foreign policy of the 1980s… every time you’ve weighed in on foreign policy, you’ve been wrong.President Obama, in the course of a litany of attacks on Mitt Romney’s foreign policy proposals. Obama is clearly swinging a heavy stick so far, asserting his role as authority and Commander-in-Chief over Romney. He repeatedly referenced Romney’s inexperience on foreign policy matters. In layman’s terms, he’s trying to bigfoot Romney. Whether it works is yet unclear; Romney has been fairly adroit at deflecting such barbs in the past.
Keep in mind that I and Americans took leadership in forming a coalition [in Libya]… Liberated a country that had been under a dictator for 40 years… and as a result, you had thousands of Libyans in the streets saying, ‘America is our friend.’President Obama, touting his decision to enter the coalition that deposed former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
With the arab spring came a great deal of hope there’d be a change towards greater moderation… but instead we’ve seen, in nation after nation, a series of disturbing events.Mitt Romney, opening up the third and final presidential debate by attacking the Obama administration’s Mid East policies. Of note, the first example he gave of disturbing lack of moderation in Arab Spring states was Syria, and the deaths therein, but Syria has not actually attained a new government as have Tunisia and Egypt.
I think Mitt Romney is a good man… but when he said, behind closed doors, that 47% of American wouldn’t take responsibility for their lives? Think about who that is… when my grandfather came home from World War 2, and got the GI Bill, that wasn’t a handout.President Obama, closing out the debate tonight with his take on Mitt Romney’s 47% remarks.
China’s been cheating over the years, number one by manipulating their currency, number two by stealing our intellectual property.Mitt Romney, calling out China on currency manipulation. If you had ‘cheating China’ in your Mitt Romney debate drinking game, raise a toast!
…I don’t think that weapons made for battle in military theaters should be on our streets.President Obama, answering an unexpected but very welcome question on gun control. Mitt Romney responded that he didn’t favor new laws regarding guns, but rather wanted to see a restoration of the family unit and social values, then pivoting to criticism of the ATF’s Fast and Furious operation.
She works for me. I’m the president. And I’m always responsible.President Obama, taking responsibility for attacks in Benghazi that killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens. Mitt Romney attacked him quite staunchly over the incident, and the lack of additional requested security at the embassy. Over the past couple days, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had accepted responsibility for it, but tonight Obama said the buck stopped at him. Romney’s reaction immediately afterwards seemed unsteady – it seems plausible that he didn’t expect this answer, and it threw him pretty badly off his planned course.
I did not say that the Arizona law was a model for the nation… I said eVerify was a model for the nation.Mitt Romney, backpedaling from a GOP primary debate in which he cited Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 law, which allows law enforcement officers to check the immigration statuses of people they suspect of having entered the country illegally, as a “model for the nation.”
He said he would, by now, put out a plan to save Medicare and Social Security… he hasn’t even done one. …he said he cut in half the deficit, he hasn’t done that either.Mitt Romney, attacking President Obama over the dire state of the economy following the financial crisis, and the effect of his policies thereon. He also mentioned higher levels of people receiving food stamps – criticism of the entitlement system has been a common rhetorical theme in his campaign.
I know what it takes to make an economy work, and I know what a working economy looks like.Mitt Romney, turning to a manner of phrasing that he’s leaned on throughout the debate (“I know how to…”). As has been criticized by President Obama, the limited level of detail he’s offered may be necessitating this repeated insistence.