Romney has the momentum right now.
Romney’s strategy was that of a football team with one touchdown lead and their ball is on their 40 yard line. Romney could have gone for the bomb but would have risked an interception, giving the ball to the opponent. He decided to ground and pound, a safe strategy using up the clock, a safer strategy with a more likely outcome of victory.
I put together some highlights from the third debate:
Is Obama’s foreign policy collapsing & what about the Arab Spring:
Romney on Russia and Iran:
Much fun has been made of Romney’s alleged geographical gaffe about Syria being a route to the sea. It is not a gaffe, though perhaps the viewers needed a more detailed explanation.
Syria has direct access to Lebanon (Hezbollah) and the waters they and Israel share. With Syria under their control, Iran, which has no problem getting arms to Syria now, would have access and a lot more flexibility.
The comment that, perplexingly, brought guffaws:
In the next clip, Romney talks about the need to have a strong economy in order to be seen as a strong leader in the world. He brought up the missile defense system in Poland. Obama talked about his strong alliances, including those with Israel. I expected him to put a yarmulke on at any moment.
He falsely claimed that ending the war will give us money for jobs and energy. In fact, the money for the war was put on a credit card as Obama has said many times. We borrowed the money. There is no money.
Taxing the rich, which also came up, will give us $90 billion annually and will not do much for our economy except curtail investment by the rich unless you believe government is a good steward of our money and should be running businesses (I’m thinking about the post office here).
President Obama brought up Governor Romney’s alleged record as Governor. He said that Massachusetts ranked 47th in job creation when he left office. In fact, Massachusetts was 49th the year before he took office and went from 50th in job creation during Romney’s first year to 28th in his final year according to FactCheck.org. Check out [the WSJ] for more information and compare Romney’s record to Obama’s.
President Obama has gutted our missile self-defense and promised Putin he would do more in what he thought was a secret conversation:
During the debate, Barack Obama blamed congress for sequestration and yet it was Obama who demanded sequestration as part of any budget deal.
Some of the most detailed reporting on sequestration is from Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward and his new book The Price of Politics. Woodward’s reporting shows clearly that defense sequestration was an idea that came out of Obama’s White House. Obama then signed it.
Leon Panetta has said this about sequestration:
“It was designed as a meat ax…. I’m just here to tell you, yes, it would be a disaster.””
“I sure as hell hope sequestration doesn’t happen,” Leon Panetta told lawmakers.”
“It would be a disaster in terms of the Defense Department,” Panetta said. “As far as our budget is concerned, as far as our ability to respond to the threats that are out there, it has a big impact.”
The administration’s budget calls for just under $500 billion in Defense spending over the next 10 years. Sequestration, if it kicks in come January, will add another $500 billion in cuts over the coming decade.
In the following clip, the alliance with Israel is discussed. President Obama used mockery and condescension to put Governor Romney down. Governor Romney did not take the bait.
The auto bailout came up repeatedly during these debates. The accusation against Romney is that he wanted the U.S. auto industry to fail. What Romney wanted was a managed bankruptcy that would make the auto industry viable.
In a NY Times article entitled, Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,’ written by Mitt Romney in 2008 he said:
“The American auto industry is vital to our national interest as an employer and as a hub for manufacturing. A managed bankruptcy may be the only path to the fundamental restructuring the industry needs. It would permit the companies to shed excess labor, pension and real estate costs. The federal government should provide guarantees for post-bankruptcy financing and assure car buyers that their warranties are not at risk.
In a managed bankruptcy, the federal government would propel newly competitive and viable automakers, rather than seal their fate with a bailout check.”
It’s important to note here that the NY Times came up with that title even though the op-ed was written by Mitt Romney.
China, which is playing with their currency, essentially engaging in a trade war, and infringing on our copyrights, has not been dealt with by this administration. It was part of the debate last night but it did not support President Obama’s case that he is effective in dealing with China.
Barack Obama has even said that he didn’t want to embarrass China.
KENT, Ohio — President Barack Obama, addressing the increasing concerns over China’s alleged currency manipulation and other foreign trade violations, said this week that the United States must push back against unfair practices but not “go out of our way to embarrass” the country.
Doing so would risk “an all-out trade war,” Obama told The Plain Dealer in an exclusive interview.
“What we have found is that when we push them very hard but we don’t go out of our way to embarrass them, we get results,” he said while meeting with the newspaper’s editorial board before a Wednesday rally at Kent State University.
“There’s a strong nationalist sentiment inside of China, and they’ve got their own economic pressures. So we’re not interested in triggering an all-out trade war that would damage both economies. What we’re interested in is making sure they’re treating our workers fairly, and that’s what we’ve delivered on. But as long as we see continued progress in the right direction when it comes to currency, we’ll be satisfied with results. We’re less concerned with rhetoric on the issues.”…
During the debate, President Obama was sarcastic, mocking and he frequently interrupted. Governor Romney didn’t go for the long shot, he let the clock run out.