Obama "Bayonets" Romney In Boca Raton, But America Is Real Victim After Miserable Debate
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Obama supporters will say their man won the debate (which is true), while Romney fans will insist the Republican came across as the more composed candidate (also true). But both miss the bigger point: that this two-year campaign isn't a cure for what's ailing America but a symptom of our sickness.
Here's your 10-second breakdown of the debate:
- Obama scored several scathing zingers like when he told Romney that the 1980s were "calling to ask for their foreign policy back"
- Romney improved on his cranky previous performance with a calm approach. But by ignoring Obama's jibes, Romney looked more pusillanimous than presidential
- Bob Schieffer's questions could not have been worse if written by Fake Filipino journalists
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The debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton was supposed to focus on foreign policy. Just 40 minutes to the south, Miamians could have expected questions about Hugo Chávez's recent electoral win, Cuba's surprise decision to eliminate exit visas, or rumors of Fidel Castro's imminent death.
Instead, Schieffer simply redefined "foreign" as "Middle Eastern" and ignored all countries not called Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, or Syria.
Only twice did Latin America come up: once when Romney accused Obama of offering to meet with strongmen like Chávez and Castro, and again when Romney said he wanted to double U.S. trade with the region.
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"Governor, the problem is that on a whole range of issues, whether it's the Middle East, whether it's Afghanistan, whether it's Iraq, whether it's now Iran, you've been all over the map," Obama said.
"I don't see our influence growing around the world," Romney retorted. "I see our influence receding, in part because of the failure of the president to deal with our economic challenges at home."