Paul--Obama mentioned all those things in the first two minutes. And Romney can win the White House without Ohio--even though he will probably win there as well.
Romney is now trying to link national security to economy and jobs--in CNN's favorability tracker of undecided voters in Florida, undecideds appear to respond very favorably to that.
Obama opened the door to talk about the economy in the context of foreign policy and national security and Romney confidently strolled right through it with a very strong answer.
Will either of the candidates mention care for veterans back from a decade of war as they discuss military budgets and U.S. interests in Middle East?
Vision question played into the strong economy meaning strong security Romney answer.
Applause in my house for Romeny bringing up the president's silence when the people fo Iran took to the streets.
Romney's answer on being ready for uncertainty was excellent. Mentions of problems between administration and Poland and Israel, as well as president's silence in Iran was deft and devastating. President's answer sounds hollow.
I second Peter Roff. The Obama administration demonstrably took days to clearly signal that the 9/11 Benghazi attack was a terrorist act.
Someday someone will call the president on his phoney assertions about rewarding companies that ship jobs overseas.
Here is the pivot to domestic issues--a winner for Romney.
George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have been out of office since January 2009, Mr. President.
I always wonder what Romney et al would have done in power in 2009. I think they don't remember Hungary and the Czech Republic in the Soviet period, when the U.S. promised we would support rebellions and then, of course, couldn't make a difference...and many people died in the streets as a result.
Peter, if Romney wins the White House without Ohio, he will be the first Republican president in history who does. There isn't a single credible conservative who believes that Romney can win without Ohio.
Truth is, the same neocons who convinced Bush that invading Iraq was a good idea are advising Romney on Iran. And that should scare the heck out of every American.
Governor Romney, while right on the facts, is scoring political points with the nation's Hispanic voters by talking about shifting our economic emphasis from China to Latin America. There are two, maybe three pending free trade agreements with Latin American countries that have languished on Capitol Hill because the president will not put the weight of his office behind getting them through the Senate.
Romney scores with his five point program. The president sounded like same old, same old and small. If the debate keeps going like this, it will be another winning night for Romney.
I love how Schieffer is running this debate. He's letting the candidates go at each other, with minimal intrusions.
Good pivot by Romney there but it bears repeating that economists estimate that without any change of policy, 12 million new jobs will be created in the next four years anyway.
U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement—originally signed by President Bush in 2007—will go into effect on October 31. Romney should continue to talk about trade opportunities throughout Americas.
Paul--No. There's me. And I've been doing this stuff for a long time. Obama is on his way to losing Pennsylvania and New Hampshire--so Romney can afford to lose Ohio, even though he won't.
Romney is turning this into a leadership seminar.
I love when Republicans attack President Obama for reminding Americans of the shape America was in when Bush and Romney left. If you go back to Reagan's re-election campaign in 1984, he didn't deliver a single speech during the general election in which he didn't mention the situation America faced when he took office.
Robert - that's right but 12 million jobs is not nearly enough.
Obamacare reduces the deficit. Getting rid of it adds to the deficit.
Peter--$10,000. $10,000 says that Obama wins Pennsylvania.*
*Not an actual bet.
Bob Schieffer says, "a web--what"?
Peter: Romney keeps saying he's going to create 12 million jobs--so if that's not nearly enough why is he aiming so low?
By the way, Romney website doesn't actually have any details about what extra 100k troops, doubled rate of ship-building, $2 trillion spending, would be used for. Occupying Iran? Garrisoning Taiwan?
The president is telling some fibs on the defense budget. He is, for example, trying to move our missile defense program from a cost-effective program that will work now into a much more expensive someday maybe system.
Romney on balancing budgets totally convincing. Navy and Air Force numbers chilling.
Halfway point--a tie, both in good command of the facts, both obviously well prepared.
"The math simply doesn't work." Nice point by the President on Romney's $5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy, without saying how he'd close loopholes to pay for it. Just once, I'd love for the President to say: Governor, the American people don't care if you want to be secretive about where you put your own money. But when you're spending they're money, it can't be a secret -- and "trust me until after the election" isn't good enough.
Robert --downplaying expectations I suppose.
Ridiculing Romney is not good for Obama, even if the zingers are funny.
Pause a moment: a Democratic president saying "Romney hasn't spent enough time thinking about how the military works" is a generational moment. Somewhere in heaven, Scoop Jackson is weeping with joy.
President on fewer ships than 1916, made a blunder. Equating ships with horses, etc., is a big mistake.
This is a draw so far. Both sides think their guy is doing well.
"I will stand with Israel if they are attacked." I'm not sure the Israelis feel that way. In fact I pretty sure they don't.
Again, this is about leadership and I see a Alpha Male emerging--look at the side by side dynamics.
Clark, remember, the "chilling" numbers you cite on the defense budget are not numbers the White House picked out of the air -- they are the budgets being requested by a Pentagon not asking for as much money as Congress wants to spend. we're facing a future in which everything gets cut to the bone -- why can't programs that the Pentagon isn't even requesting share that pain, too. Even after the cuts, we will still spend more on our military than our 10 closest competitors -- combined.
What are the odds the European Union gets a shout out for the major assist on crippling Iran sanctions? Oh well. I guess they got the Noble Peace Prize. Hold up, Romney mentioned it.
Once again we see in Barack Obama a person who is comfortable on the attack but is weak on defense. He is having trouble defending his record which, I suppose, is understandable since there is not much to defend.