Romney Passed the Commander-in-Chief Test

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The America ’s foreign policy is not clear after watching the third presidential debate. The reason for its ambiguity due to a series of foreign policies instead of singular foreign policy which must be tailored to fit each nation.

The failure of President Barack Obama most recent foreign policy, the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including the U.S. ambassador are all expecting Romney to go after the President. The inadequacy of security in Benghazi , the president had no explanation at all but instead by saying only that we are “going after the killers.” There was no pressing on Obama about this issue by Romney. A missed opportunity had been viewed by some and supposes a designed for Romney to show his restraint and counter the “do you want to get us into another Middle East War?” charge.
“We can’t kill our way out of this mess,” meaning terrorism and the Middle East , one of Mr. Romney’s better lines but he failed to go for the political “kill” instead agreeing for several times with the president.
The ultimate question of the moderator Bob Schiefer, “What is America ’s role in the world?” the answer of the candidates neither was revealing beyond their campaign speech bromides.
The “liberal media” which has been in the tank for Mr. Obama since he began running for president was surprisingly the reaction to the debate. A retreat from the worshipful attitude by some of them they have displayed toward the president since four years ago as a self promotion as a messianic deliverer from the national sins.
“I think Mitt Romney did something that was extremely important to his campaign tonight, and that was he passed the commander-in-chief test,” former White House aide David Gergen said on CNN. That was Romney indeed he had to do with the debates like of Ronald Reagan in 1980 with Jimmy Carter.

Romney Position Himself as a Centrist on Foreign Policy

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WASHINGTON – The final debate with President Barack Obama, the Republican Mitt Romney scrambled to position himself as a centrist on global affairs. This is a dramatic shift for the Republican challenger as the final two weeks of the campaign in the deadlocked race for the White House/

The last of three presidential debates, Romney appeared determined to emerge mistake free, where Obama leads among voters on foreign policy. The performance of Romney appeared to have succeeded and gave Obama campaign more ammunition for its allegations that made Romney shift suddenly to satisfy the immediate needs of his bid to replace the president.
Romney largely expressed agreement with how Obama has conducted U.S. foreign policy on most issues facing the United States abroad.
However, the focus of the most Americans is not on world affairs but on struggling U.S. economy. The last two weeks before the Nov. 6 election, both Obama and Romney will spend appealing to the tiny slice of still undecided voters in this presidential race where the electorate evenly split in what the polls show.
In the nine US states the key to victories lies on the voters who vote for candidates that doesn’t care for the party. It is not according to the popular nationwide vote that the president is chosen but in state-by-state contests. Winning in popular vote make it possible for a candidate to win but lose in the election, as in former Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 defeat.

Romney and Obama Feud Globally in the Final Debate

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Boca Raton, Florida – President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney take their election feud global Monday in a final debate devoted to foreign policy that may represent their last chance to shake up a tied race.

Republican Romney will seek to erode the Democratic president’s advantage on national security and try to emerge as a plausible commander-in-chief as they spar on Libya, Syria, Iran, China and the US stealth war on terrorism.

Obama’s camp signaled before the showdown in Boca Raton, Florida at 9:00 pm (0100 GMT) that he would boast of ending a decade of costly US wars abroad, while Romney is set to charge that the president’s foreign policy is unraveling.

The rivals are neck-and-neck in national polls after Romney surged following his first debate win in early October and started chipping away at Obama’s foundation in the swing states that will decide the election.

Foreign policy is unlikely to decide who wins on November 6, with the sluggish economy driving the election, but Romney is under pressure to show basic competence following a string of blunders.

His campaign warned going into the debate that the United States could not afford four more years of Obama diplomacy if the president is re-elected.

“America stands weakened around the world, with our safety threatened, our allies increasingly isolated, and hostile nations emboldened,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.

“Mitt Romney will deliver where President Obama has failed by crafting a foreign policy that restores America’s strength and increases our nation’s security abroad.”

New polls released Monday had the race a cliffhanger with two weeks to go.

CBS News and ABC News had Obama up by two and one points in the national race, but a Politico/GWU/Battleground poll showed Romney leading by two points.

While national polls offer a snapshot of momentum in the race, the nine or so states that could swing to either side will define the outcome.

Obama retains several pathways to the 270 electoral votes needed to win on November 6, but Romney has chiseled away at his advantage with signs that Florida and North Carolina are slipping towards the Republican.

Romney won the first debate after a lethargic performance from Obama, but the president’s feisty showing on Long Island, New York last week meant he emerged with honor restored, leaving the third debate as a tie-breaker of sorts.

Both foes toured Monday’s venue at Lynn University, where they will sit at a table with moderator Bob Schieffer, a veteran CBS news anchor, in a set-up that will rule out the predatory prowling seen during their second town hall-style debate.

Sticking to a winning formula from the second debate, Obama and his wife Michelle dined on steak and potatoes. Romney earlier lunched on a veggie burger, with Cajun fries washed down with a vanilla shake.

Romney will likely make a new attempt to trip Obama over his administration’s shifting stories on the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11 that killed four Americans.

The Republican has squandered several chances to jump Obama on the issue, after a hasty statement early in the crisis and a stumble in the last debate over the president’s characterization of events in Benghazi.

Republicans claim Obama was reluctant to admit the attack was an act of terrorism, fearing an Al-Qaeda comeback would knock him off his pedestal as the commander-in-chief who had put the militants on the run.

Reports in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times may have given Obama some breathing room Monday, finding top aides based their early conclusions on the attack on CIA talking points and not on political spin.

The president is expected to remind Americans he kept his promise to end the Iraq war, is getting troops out of Afghanistan and ordered the raid that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Both camps say their candidates will draw discussion back to the issue most pressing for voters — the economy.

The Republican will seek to pressure Obama over Iran’s nuclear program, arguing that presidential weakness has emboldened Tehran.

Complicating one of the main topics on the eve of the debate, The New York Times said US officials believed Iran was ready for one-on-one talks with Washington, though the White House denied the report. — AFP