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The Third and Final Debate: Romney Won

By Rich Galen · Oct. 22, 2012

The foreign policy debate was not given much chance of being a game changer. No one really thought that a talk about the future of US-Myanmar relations was going to move the needle very much.

Incumbent Presidents are expected to know more about foreign policy than their challengers, but the challengers' challenge is to show that if they get the daily security briefing in the Oval Office they can handle the job.

If that is a fair measure, then Mitt Romney won this debate. He exhibited a broad knowledge of the issues confronting America’s relationships around the world, and didn’t back down in the face of attacks by Barack Obama.

Obama’s preppers had obviously decided that their tactic of the 2nd debate: Talk about what Obama did well then attack Romney, did so well that he would do it again.

However, this time it sounded forced and to my, admittedly, subjective opinion, contrived.

At the 30 minute mark, Bob Schieffer had gotten the candidates to discuss both Libya and Egypt, which the two candidates played to a draw. By 9:33 they had completely pivoted from foreign policy to domestic policy.

Romney talked about creating 12 million jobs; Obama went to hiring more teachers.

When Schieffer asked Romney about military spending, he spent his two minutes talking about cutting wasteful and expensive domestic programs. Obama talked about Romney’s call for $2 trillion spending on military “that the military doesn’t want.”

Romney came back and talked about the Navy needing more ships; Obama said “this isn’t a game of battleship.” He didn’t channel Joe Biden in his debate against Paul Ryan, but he was getting perilously close to sounding un-Presidentially condescending.

Israel came up half-way through at 9:45.

Schieffer asked: “Would either of you declare that an attack on Israel is an attack on the U.S. which is a pledge we’ve made to other allies.”

This debate, remember, is in Florida with a huge Jewish population.

Obama answered first and didn’t agree, but said “we will stand with Israel” even when Schieffer pushed him on it.

I’m not sure what the difference is, but Obama does and that Obama didn’t agree will not be lost on those in America who want to protect Israel against an Iranian attack.

Romney said, “If Israel is attacked we have their back; not just diplomatically … but militarily” which was a much stronger answer. We’ll see over the next few days what effect that has on the polls in the state of Florida.

Romney scored by reciting a litany of places in the Middle East that Obama had visited early in his Presidency while skipping Israel. He quoted Obama as saying that America would no longer dictate to other nations. Romney said, “We have not dictated to other nations, we have freed other nations from dictators.”

At the three-quarter mark, 10:00, Obama was in full attack mode. He realized he was not having a good night – that the challenger was more than holding his own – defaulted to playing the “I killed bin Laden” card.

Also, by 10:00 pm Eastern, the San Francisco Giants were more than holding their own as well leading the St. Louis Cardinals 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth.

It took until 10:15 before the conversation went anywhere in the world beyond the Middle East and Africa. China.

Romney called for treating China as a full partner, but only if they play by the rules; that he would label the Chinese a currency manipulator.

Schieffer asked Romney if he weren’t risking a trade war with China. Romney answered that because we buy so much more from China than China buys from us, they don’t want – and can’t afford – a trade war with us.

Romney’s point was that our trade imbalance gives us the upper hand to get China to get in line.

Obama responded with what sounded like a sophomoric reprise of the last debate that Romney knows about how China does business because he (Romney) had invested in businesses there.

This was one of those answers that supporters of each man probably thought their guy won.

For the last 10 minutes the two men argued over domestic policy – the auto industry; jobs; food stamps; the debt; and, unemployment. At 10:28 Bob Schieffer – who did a wonderful job – ended the debate and called for closing statements.

Romney won.

On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: A wonderful Mullfoto of the Lad and his daughter.

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Jimmy Russel in Scottsdale said:

If this guy says it, it MUST be true. Disregard every post-debate poll that says otherwise!

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM

JJStryder in Realville replied:

Those who thought Obama won the debate also vote on American idol.
They thought Obama won because they didn't know what he was talking about. Don't worry though. Neither did Obama. America is tired of this economy, his jet setting wife and his ego. The real poll is on Nov. 6th.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Pollster in Ohio said:

What an idiot...every poll shows Obama won. What a bunch of right wing drivel. Good luck as Obama is taking this election....AGAIN! HAHAHAHAH!

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Alex in NJ replied:

Does your bedroom smell like fecal matter now? Have you shared a little "love" spasm and soiled your sheets in Ogasm?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Dioneikes in Colorado replied:

Pucker up big boy, the Choom Meister's butt is waiting. He has forsaken God, so its Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin for him and your types.

That is a biblical saying which means "God has numbered the days of his reign, he has been weighed, measured and found to be wanting, and his kingdom will be divided."

The arrogance of you liberals is your undoing.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 8:57 AM

JJStryder in Realville replied:

What indication do you have that Obama is a lock? Or are you whistling past the graveyard? Hey pollster! If Obama wins ....don't lose too!
Think I'm wrong. Look at this economy and the Muslim gains in the world. Or are you too busy laughing at nothing?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Dioneikes in Colorado replied:

His indication that the Obummah is a lock is just this "Obama Has Support of Putin, Chavez, Castro". I mean after all is said and done the other commies can't be wrong can they?!

The dude's been out following too many little animals in the woods.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

SteveNTexas in Rockport TX said:

Gee even Fox says Obama Won -noting like being objective. Guess those Fox viewers are nasty liberals. I'm independent and don't like far right or far left freaks-- you shouldn't be a commentator.

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Alex in NJ replied:

Gosh....Steve N...So great to see a Texas liberal troll.
Why don't you folks catch The Cars instead?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1:52 AM

JJStryder in Realville replied:

I don't know what you think Obama won. The smugness award? How to be petulant, insulting and embarrassing as a President?
If you want John Stewart as your president maybe he won, but as a man and a leader he stunk it up bad!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Douglas in Dallas, Texas replied:

I see that no responses yet to Steve's post actually addresses the issue that Fox News determined that Obama won the debate. The only conclusion is that they are a bunch of liberal, muslim, godless atheistic communists, welfare recepients, and kenyans that work for Fox News (hear that you muslim Meagen Kelly!!). The proper thing for us good conservatives to do is never watch Fox News again, nor purchase any service or product ever advertised on Fox News. That will make them fly right!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM

JJStryder in Realville replied:

I don't base my beliefs on what transpires on Fox news. So,Steve's comment is irrelevant. Most conservatives I know have minds of their own and discernment unfazed by the media, including Fox news. So now Fox news isn't Faux news to you clowns because an instant poll says Obama is a debate winner. This is why we aren't liberals. Insanity resides on the left.
You attempt at humor was just that an attempt.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia said:

This debate was aimed at the "undecided" who are tired of Obama's BS but are worried that Romney would be a Bomb Throwing Cowboy.

Instead they saw Romney as a peacemaker who would make America Strong so that it does not have to make war to earn peace. Peace thru Strength...certainly not the current policy.
Both sides have their base,,,tonight was about the "peaceful middle" and Romney will keep peace without giving up America's strength.

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Bill in texas replied:

Well said! Time for the Reagan foreign policy to come back -- Peace Through Strength.

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Dioneikes in Colorado replied:

Americans would do well to remember the saying of Vegetius - "Si vis pacem, praeparat bellum." Those who want peace, prepare for war. It was true then, and it still holds true! That is why the Roman Empire lasted for a 1000 years, they weren't afraid to defend what they believed in.

We have the liberal progressives now, they feel nothing is worth defendeing, and they have no set values. They are huge wastes of human flesh and breathe-able oxygen.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

BlueShadowII in Texas replied:

I liked Jimmy Kimmel's advice for undecided voters: 'If you're so out of touch that you're still undecided, please don't vote. Besides, you probably can't find the polling place.'

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Brian in Newport News replied:

Agreed! If someone is still undecided at this late date, they most assuredly had their heads in the sand for the last 3.5 years.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Jim in Alabama replied:

There it is. I AM more of the Bomb Throwing Cowboy type and was freaking out that Mitt was being altogether too agreeable. But at the end of it I realized that he came with a game plan and accomplished it while Obama's intent was completely frustrated.

One was playing to win and did. The other was playing to the peanut gallery and came up with nothing but empty shells.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

James in NYC said:

Very concise and accurate summary of tonight's debate...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:08 AM

mike lewis in upper marlboro said:

Mitt didn't have a clue, seemed loss and intimidated
Does not lack the experience or punch to lead our country.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:17 AM

BlueShadowII in Texas replied:

WOW! A double negative in only two words. Yogi Berra would ha ebadmired that.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:46 AM

JtC in TX replied:

Cut him a break, BlueShadow, he's "loss". Hahahahahaha

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

QueensJudyG in Queens, NY said:

BO stunk up the room tonight...he looked whipped, and tried several times to get moderator to intervene in his behalf, so he could rob his actual debate opponent of time (again). BO's idea of "leveling the playing field" is to break the rules of honest debate, get the moderator to work with you and for you, and if those two tactics don't work, and your opponent is still calm, cool and collected, and presidential-sounding, then by all means, out-talk him and use up the clock, even when you lie or make no sense. We can't have a world-class Navy without ships in several fleets around the world; Romney wanted to save the auto industry by putting the companies through court-ordered bankruptcy (a protection for them to give them more time) not BO-ordered & styled bankruptcy where the legal bond-holders get screwed out of their money they're owed, and taxpayers' stimulus money goes to the UAW (BO's campaign donator cronies). You can't cozy up to the world's dictators and say what a bully the USA has been for decades, and let the Muslim Brotherhood and other jihadists prevail in multiple countries in the Middle East, where the black Al Queda flag flies over a dozen embassies now, and maintain your foreign policy has been a success, after doing nothing to prevent 4 Americans including an ambassador, get killed and more American soil attacked and invaded. BO, the Occupier, must be let go--let's fire him on Nov. 6. He truly stinks -- the worst president I've ever seen in my life. And he looks so childish next to a sane, temperate, mature man who wants to accept responsibility for all Americans and our nation that have suffered mightily these past 4 years.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Alex in NJ said:

Wow! The two trolls have gotten a pair of email addresses and are trying to pee on our parade.
How totally ghey.
Romney was assured. The same old, same old, class warfare.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1:43 AM

demsarerats in Oregon said:

Lol, Romney won. Romney let Obonga shove him around and dominate the time, but did come back at the end. Romney played it safe, it wasn’t bad, but you are delusional if you think that Romney won.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Mike Schuerger Sr in Medina, Oh said:

Watching the Debate, I kept thinking that Obama was impressivie at times - if you were not aware of how consistently he lied. (I have to give Romney credit for his restraint.) The other thing left unsaid is how at odds Obummer's platitudes are with what he has actually done.

The "moderator" was not as bad as the last 2, but hardly "good."
There was no follow-up on what the "transcript" from the Rose Garden actually says, for example. You know a Republican President would have been challenged one that First.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 8:05 AM

NK in Greenlawn, NY said:

I am voting for Romney. He is the candidate we need going forward. However he didn't win the debate last night. I think it was fairly close. Obama going for the catchy phrase with the "we have nuclear subs and aircraft carriers, you know those ships that airplanes take off of. This isn't a game of Battleship." Nice line but it won't work.Romney played defense. At the end of the day the polls won't move. Viewership will be down due to MNF and Game 7 in baseball. And honestly, people care more about employment than the middle east.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 8:19 AM

JtC in TX said:

I wanna know why Romney doesn't call the Mooslim out on removing references to God and Jesus from our military. Why folks visiting injured troops aren't allowed bibles, etc. Why Romney won't promise to allow bibles and prayer back into the school system. See how the nation has fallen since congress removed them in 1963? Well, I'm pretty sure I know why.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Jim Billingsley in Bloomington, IN said:

When talking about the importance of good relations with our allies - I wish Romney would have mentioned how one of the first thing Obummer did once in office was spit in the face of the Brits by rudely sending the bust of Winston Churchill back to England. That was classless, but after seeing 2016, I now know why.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Linda in Iowa said:

Sure Romney won the debate. Also, the earth is flat, the moon landing was faked, and a couple thousand years ago some crucified guy magically disapperead from a tomb and rose into the heavens, Well I guess it is almost Halloween, and a fun time to hear all these make-believe stories.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM


You vote for who you want in the oval office - I will vote whom I want - but when your government fails you - don't come crying and demand your rights - you gave them up when you voted for the wrong candidate.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

JtC in TX replied:

". . . and a couple thousand years ago some crucified guy magically disapperead from a tomb and rose into the heavens . . ." Ya might want to do a little more research on that one, Linda. ;~)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

BJ in St. Cloud, MN said:

I'm not running for office so when the bamster said the snide little things about battleships and bayonets I would have probably just called him what he is, a snide, condescending, arrogant, self absorbed little prick of an empty suit whose collectivist dependency agenda and weakness in general has damaged America greatly-maybe even beyond repair.
The GOP may win the Senate, keep the House, and win the WH, but America still loses because all we get with a full sweep is the GOP. They are nearly as much of the cancer that's eating away at America as the scumbag liberals are. When are we going to get some men with honor, integrity, and cohones?

Anyone that claims to be an "undecided" voter has their heads so far up the butts I'm surprised they can find the voting booth. Only fools, useful idiots, and evil types could possibly consider voting for more tyranny with barack hussien obama


Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 3:12 PM