Any chance we hear a single word about Mexico and Latin America, and the drug wars on our border?
Someone I'm watching with just said, wait, did he skip Israel-Palestine?
Greatest threat? I think this one stumped Obama.
Paul--you were probably too busy engaging in polemics to notice that Governor Romney gave a lengthy response on Latin America, something to which I already referred if you care to scroll back.
Now the moderator is recycling questions. And Obama isnt answering it.
Did Romney just say that China wants the world to be free and open?
Robert, you can spin Bush's Iran record all you want, but at the end of his administration, Iran was eight years closer to a nuclear weapon. And the very same U.N. that Romney is so fond of criticizing today--and all its resolutions--did nothing to change that equation. I understand it's the only fig leaf the neocons have today for basically giving Iran a free pass for eight years to enrich uranium. But this is the only administration that has imposed crippling sanctions -- and rallied the world to support them.
General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also stated in February that “Anything beyond this [level of defense cuts]” would cause military to “go back to the drawing board” on strategy.
Romney has watched for years as jobs have been shipped to China. One might say that he had a front suite.
Part of the problem here for Obama is that he does not handle ambiguity very well. Remember how many times he voted "Present" as an Illinois State Senator because he did not want to take a firm position on a controversial issue. Too much about foreign policy is ambiguous, where outcomes cannot be pre-determined, and which makes it very ifficult for him to formulate decisive answers that defend his own policy decisions and/or future plans.
Glad to hear President Obama and Governor Romney talk about the Asia-Pacific. To be frank, the region has not been getting the attention that it should be getting throughout the race.
Romney: I have watched year in and year out as companies have shut down their plants and moved overseas. What he didn't mention is that he had a front row seat -- as the Wall Street Journal pointed out, Bain under Romney was a "pioneer" in sending American jobs to China.
Romney looking good on the trade imbalance issues. He knows what he is doing on this subject. And good, as always, going down a list of issues.
Obama again going after Romney instead of talking about specific solutions.
Romney on China balanced, both friendly and tough. Again, right as national leader on foreign policy.
Good push-back from the president on China. U.S. exports have doubled.
Glad to see Governor Romney raise the issue of intellectual piracy. It costs the economy billions each year and hundreds, perhaps thousands of jobs. It doesn't get enough attention but there is little point to undertaking innovation in the United States --like basic research as the president just mentioned--if the technology is going to be stolen and replicated by criminal enterprises operating overseas and whose sales floor is the world wide web.
I don't think Obama understands the trade situation with China--very disjointed comments.
Paul-- Iran went from 1000 kg of low enriched uranium (LEU) in January 2009 to 6876 kg today under President Obama. That's enough for 5 nuclear bombs if enriched further. Under President Bush, Iran had no 20 percent high enriched uranium (HEU). Today, under Obama, Iran has 190 kg of 20 percent HEU. (As I said, 20 percent HEU is roughly 80 percent of the effort needed to get to weapons-grade uranium.) Yes, economic sanctions have hurt Iran, but Iran has nonetheless made clear and measurable progress on its nuclear program.
Nobody but Romney believes he was in favor of saving America's auto companies.
On Asia, it would be nice if the candidates mentioned India, a natural U.S. partner, and the importance of expanding trade opportunities for U.S. businesses
Sitting in Michigan watching this phase of the debate, I can say that President Obama is absolutely right on this: People in Detroit don't forget.
This whole discussion about the auto companies is moot. The companies did not get bailed out. The United Auto Workers did. Just ask the non-union employees who worked at Delphi. The union is healthy, the companies are still teetering.
Only laugh of the night. Bob: We all love teachers.
Huh? Given that Romney got first question, why does Obama close first?
Peter, Delphi management, and their Bain Capital shareholders, were happy to sell Delphi workers down the river years earlier. They were cut off and their pension plans abrogated in the early '00s.
President Obama using his closing statement to attack Romney again.
Heather--Have you talked with the Delphi workers? They're very busy telling their story about what Barack Obama's bailout did to them and to their pensions and their futures. It's not a pretty picture.
Heather, Governor Romney left Bain in 1999.
Leadership is the issue here--who best showed they have it?
Obama only spoke 35 seconds longer than Romney this time.
At the end CNN's dial-meter had men neutral, women disapproving as Bob Schieffer closed out. Huh.
Nice to see both families spending time onstage talking tonight. We need more of that.
Assessment: President closes with the economic message that hasn't been connecting. Doesn't touch Romney on foreign policy and national security. Meanwhile, Romney's message on economy has been working in the campaign. His message at end about working with Democrats in Massachusetts strong and effective. He demonstrated broad knowledge of foreign policy and depth needed for handling foreign policy. That was his essential task of the evening. Net: Romney won.
Bottom line--this will not move the polls. Very nice to see that the two candidates are being cordial and interacting.
Obama landed some strong punches against Romney, and was especially effective when he talked about the decision to kill Osama bin Laden. Romney managed to clear the "I'm not the bozo I looked like on my foreign tour" bar. I doubt this moves many votes but as I said early on, any movement could be crucial this year.
There are no major take aways from this debate. The line of the night goes to Romney, who said America does not dictate to other nations--America frees other nations from dictators. The wonks will dissect this debate more than the other three because they feel they have the expertise to do it vs. the wisdom of the common American. The problem is that foreign policy is not high on the list of issues on which people are basing their votes in this election, for good or for bad. That means all the "thinking" and postulating by the smart set over what was said in this last debate may be a lot of wasted effort. And, by the way, it's official: Obama-Biden get more time to speak than Romney-Ryan in all four debates.
CNN's John King: Debate coaches would say president won this on points.