Monday, October 22, 2012

Final Presidential Debate

The final Presidential Debate took place in Boca Raton, Florida at Lynn University.  The debate was moderated by well known news correspondent Bob Schieffer.  The main focus of the debate was on the issue of Foreign Policy.  Foreign policy is a big issue in today's world.

The United States seems to be involved in every nation's business nowadays.  This brings about both good and bad things.  Many see it as the United States helping the rest of the world while some see this as the United States attempting to control the planet.  Nevertheless, many of the roles the United States of America engages on a global scale are due to necessity, not because it wanted to get involved.

Since colonial times, the United States pretty much remained in isolationism.  It wasn't till the world wars that the United States began to take a stronger and leading role in the global stage.  As a result, presidents since that time have made strong efforts to keep America on the forefront.

President Obama and Republican candidate Romney were questioned regarding foreign policy.  These questions would help the public see who is the candidate that has a better grasp of foreign policy.  Moreover, some see this final debate as a way of seeing who is more presidential and can hold the honor of being the Commander in Chief.  This title is one that must be accompanied with great wisdom, strength, courage, determination and astuteness.

CNN polls show Obama as the winner on points; however, CNN as well as other networks say Romney showed he is presidential and can be the Commander in Chief based on his demeanor and responses.

Obama seemed more comfortable in this debate.  Perhaps this was because as sitting president he has more experience in Foreign Policy than Romney.  This position would of course give him an upper hand since he gets daily briefings from all agencies involved in foreign policy.  However, Romney did pretty good despite being an "outsider," so to speak.  He managed to tie Foreign policy with the United State's economy by stressing that a strong economy means the United States will be more respected in the world and therefore have more influence.  Romney also exposed Obama's weak leadership skills.

He shot back at Obama by implicitly mentioning the incident in which Obama's conversation with the President of Russia was recorded:

"I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin, and I’m certainly not going to say to him, I’ll give you more flexibility after the election. After the election he’ll get more backbone."

Obama throughout the debate was feisty and more aggressive.  He tried to make Romney look like a liar by quoting Romney and telling him that the American people can check for themselves.  Romney criticized Obama's plan to cut 1 trillion in defense funds citing that the military will be under supplied.  Obama responded by claiming that Romney was out of date in his statistics, he said:

"But I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. You — you mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets — (laughter) — because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines."

Some say this hurt Obama because he came across as condescending and presented a tone similar to that of Biden during the Vice Presidential debate.

Some military personnel even tweeted that the military still use bayonets.

Obama even insinuated that Romney seems to see the military and its spending as the game "Battleship."  The debate was pretty controlled and I think Bob Shieffer did a great job moderating it despite his "Obama Bin Laden gaffe."

This debate will most likely decide who will be the next President of the United States and in the next few days we will see both candidates take advantage of their funds in a manner that will help their campaigns.  Money will go where its needs - particularly states that can go either way.  


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