Let’s get back to foreign policy, can we…?Moderator Bob Schieffer, who has been pretty hands-off so far in his handling of the candidates, leading to a shocking amount of drift from the debate’s ostensible topic: foreign policy. Romney and Obama have been speaking about debt, economics, and education for the last ten minutes or so, and after Schieffer’s intervention the pair steamrolled him for a further exchange on education.
I will not cut our military budget.Mitt Romney, standing against the defense cuts proposed by President Obama, which are approved of in some military circles, as well as by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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.
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.
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