Well, we’re down to the nitty gritty. After Governor Mitt Romney took home the first debate, President Barack Obama proved he’s still got it last week at Hofstra. The final debate was moderated by Bob Schieffer last evening, and for one of the candidates, it was a best two out of three.
After a bumpy ride filled with domestic and economic issues, last night’s debate tackled foreign policy.
Prior to the debate, Fox News correspondents stated that if Governor Mitt Romney wins the debate, he will take home the election. However, this debate has got to go the President, who was able to declare his past and future plans on relations with the Middle East.
Like always, each candidate brought their strengths as well as their weaknesses. When it came to the war in Iraq, the President proudly restated, “We were able…to liberate a country that had become under the yolk of a dictatorship.” However, Romney counterattacked him, saying, “We can not kill our way out of this mess.”
President Obama then attacked Romney’s plans for the Muslim world to “reject extremism,” calling his sense of leadership “wrong and reckless.” I don’t necessarily believe that his statement was true; I think that Romney has good intentions, but he has no prior experience to back up his ideas. However, I do believe that he was constantly repeating the President’s ideas on how he wants to fix education and government in the Middle East. Throughout the election, Governor Romney disagreed with the President’s foreign policy. Last night, it seemed like he had no ideas of his own, and I think the President was able to take that argument.
While they both agreed that Assad has to be taken out and sanctions need to be tightened, Romney made it clear that “America must be strong. America must lead.” His view is that “America has the responsibility and privilege” to promote principles of peace, but until we focus on building a strong economy, we cannot help our allies. There were times when Obama recognized our inability to nation-build overseas until we rebuild America, but if that has always been his goal, then that should have been done these last four years.
Obama’s plan to rebuild America is to refocus on terrorist attack and neglected alliances. He spoke of a reformed education policy, and a plan to maintain, instead of increase military spending. When Romney through the punch that our military is smaller than it used to be, the President fought back, stating that, “We also have fewer horses and bayonets. It’s not a game of battleship.” He also brought up the auto industry, yet again, saying that we need to make more jobs here and decrease importing.
While Romney closed out with a promise of peace and leadership and to “maintain America as the hope of the Earth,” the President set out his plan to build on our strengths as a nation. As he proudly stated, “We’ve been through tough times. But we always bounce back because of our character.” I do think the President had won this debate, but until the election in two weeks, it is still up in the air.