October 22, 2012

Obama and Romney In Final Debate Face Off In Florida Tonight

Lynn University Boca Raton Florida playing host to 2012 debate
Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida is the site of tonight's 3rd Presidential debate.
Boca Raton, Florida -- Tonight is the last Presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. The topic of the debate is Foreign Policy Issues, and the moderator is veteran CBS reporter Bob Schieffer, the anchor of Face the Nation.

The two candidates will be seated at a table, across from each other, so they will be able to make comments to each other directly.

They are tackling America’s role in the world, within the context of the following specific areas.
  1. Our longest war – Afghanistan and Pakistan
  2. Red Lines – Israel and Iran
  3. The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism – I
  4. The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism – II
  5. The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World

Willard Mitt Romney will be at a distinct disadvantage in this debate, as he has no foreign policy experience at all.  Politico.com reporters Jim Vadehei and Mike Allen write:
Romney knows foreign policy is not his strength, aides said. Throughout the race — starting with his proclamation that Russia is the biggest strategic threat to the U.S., through his bumpy Europe trip, and ending with his politicized statement moments after the Libya killings and clumsy exchange about that terrorist attack in the last debate — Romney has not been at his best when trying to add a global dimension to his campaign.
“So far, Romney is batting zero when it comes to landing a punch on foreign policy or national security,” said Matt Bennett, co-founder of Third Way, a Democratic-leaning think tank that advocates “a tough and centrist security strategy.”
“He has whiffed in every single at-bat, and there’s no evidence he can do any better when he’s doing it for 90 minutes,” Bennett added. “It’s just more opportunity for him to get boxed in like he did in the second debate, or sound out of touch like he did in the post-Libya press conference, or make a gaffe like he did on his foreign trip.”
President Obama could answer every single foreign policy question with “my administration found and killed Osama bin Laden,” because it’s the biggest military and foreign policy achievement of the Obama presidency. If the President answered all of the questions that way during tonight’s debate, there is very little that Romney could say to criticize or attack the President.

So here’s hoping Obama does just that. And maybe we’ll get a break from listening to Romney tell us all how great he is, while mischaracterizing Obama’s record.

To use Joe Biden’s turn of phrase - what a bunch of malarkey!


Lynn University Boca Raton Red White and Pool Party October 2012
Lynn University students frolic in the pool at their Red, White and Pool party celebrating the final debate of the 2012 election.

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