I actually went ahead and watch this evening’s Presidential Debate, as it is the last one for this election. I have cast my vote already, so my listening to what either candidate has to say is moot at this point. I will give both President Obama and Governor Romney credit for presenting their political platforms to the audience in manners that were tolerable and engaging to the point that possibly additonal votes should be gained.
This evening, the setting took a moment to recognize the fiftieth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination (a month off…), also recalling that The Soviet Union had a Cuban nuclear missile base. Then, both candidates proceeded to speak from Lynn University at Boca Raton, Florida. It was the fourth and final debate of this election, with both President Obama and Mitt Romney tied at 47% among polled voters! The topic for tonight was foreign policy, and no reactions were allowed from the audience!
They began this debate with conversation of the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens, along with how The United States will work to increase security within U.S. bases in Libya, as well as throughout The Middle East. Romney stated that “we can’t kill our way out of this mess”, while calling for the Muslim world to go after terrorists on it’s own. President Obama reiterated his call for stronger leadership out of Middle Eastern nations, while maintaining supervision over the movements of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
President Obama has no regrets for having Hosni Mubarak removed from Egyptian government leadership. Mitt Romney agrees that was a good idea, also. He continued with the American (sic) responsibility and privilege to make the world free. The President said that it was unfortunate to have removed our arsenal from Poland, and a mistake for us to have been silent during The Green Revolution.
The President and Mitt Romney were asked if an attack on Israel is attack on The United States? The President responded by saying that we will stand with Israel if they are attacked, and that Iran will not get hold of a nuclear weapon. Mitt Romney tried to crunk it up, answering with, if Israel is attacked, “we will have her back”! He said that a nuclear Iran is a threat to us!
Both candidates exchanged heat about the status of Iran’s potential nuclear acquisition, and it’s possible dealings through contacts with nations such as China and Russia. Mitt Romney claimed that President Obama wants to make an apology tour throughout The Middle East to appease nations possibly hostile to The United States. He is stating that The President is not showing strength overseas, and that he is not strong enough on Iran!
The President retorted immediately, stating that Mitt Romney’s claims are not true! President Obama said that The United States has worked with China, and is dealing with Iran. Additionally, our nation is pressing further enforcements to keep Iran off of the potential capacity to acquire nuclear arms.
Terrorism throughout The Middle East was a continuing issue. Mitt Romney means to have all U.S. troops home by 2014, yet he admits that Taliban forces are growing within Pakistan, which has 100 nuclear warheads, also! President Obama agreed that Pakistan is a Taliban safe haven, while questioning whether or not it is the appropriate time for us to “divorce” this Middle Eastern nation? Romney says no, as they have nuclear weapons, and they have terrorists!
The rise of China, and it’s future challenges as a threat to The United States was posed to President Obama and to Mitt Romney. The President stated that China is a potential threat, yet it is also a potential partner. He stated that we need to improve our education, reseearch, and our technological capacity to stay on par with China. The President says that a budget under Mitt Romney will NOT allow The United States to maintain any levels equivalence with an emerging and advancing China!
Mitt Romney went on, making a disagreeable statement about helping the auto industry. He claimed to have a commitment to helping the auto industry, which would keep The United States as a global leader. Romney stated that President Obama’s policies do not encourage foreign auto companies to enter our nation to sell products. The President disagrees!
The President was clear to state that cutting U.S. investments, research. and education will NOT keep us competitive with emerging nations such as China, or with the rest of the advancing world. He said that we can not return to policies that will place us behind other nations. However, Mitt Romney countered with stating that U.S. citizens are unemployed, in debt, or on food stamps at rising rates. He said that our goal should be to “make America (sic) once again the most attractive place in the world”.
As they closed, President Obama said that Governor Romney wants to take us back to failed policies. The President stated that he has a different plan to create jobs, to have the best education system, to control energy, to maintain the strongest military, and to rebuild at home. President Obama said, “we can bounce back because of our character”!
Governor Romney said, “I am optimistic about the future. We can be safe and more confident”. He claimed that there are two paths to be taken. One would be President Obama’s path: dealing with regular take-home pay and loss of jobs. The other would be his path: optimisim and job growth.
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