Last 2012 Presidential Debate Shows Obama Strong, Romney Holding Tight – To Obama’s Positions
I for one am glad that debate season is over and we can move on to the Election. We partisans, from both sides were hoping for a big win for our candidate but neither side got what they wanted. I am sure that some of my fellow Democrats will say otherwise, but former Governor Mitt Romney I think did fairly well. Still, he did that by riding the coattails of President Obama on several issues, such as our exit timeline in Afghanistan and dealing with Iran, as far as that country obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Mitt Romney repeated what has been a Republican talking point for a while now that President Obama went on an apology tour, shortly after taking office. This is not true in the least since the president never said he was sorry nor did he apologize. President Obama cleared that up when he said:
“This has been probably the biggest whopper that’s been told during the course of this campaign, and every fact-checker and every reporter who’s looked at it, Governor, has said this is not true.”
The president pretty much mowed Romney down with his experience and knowledge about foreign policy. There was one fine moment that Obama explained to Romney why the nation did not have as many ships now as we did in 1916:
“But I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. 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, 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.”
It turned out to be the most popular comment of the evening for social media sites.
In my opinion, Mitt Romney brought nothing to the table. Any good policy he had was, for the most part, what President Obama already stood for, or else he supported the president’s position on. His arguments were weak and obviously not well researched, especially concerning his criticism about how many ships we had.
What is the biggest issue here I think, is not Mitt Romney’s knowledge about our military needs but that the moderate positions he took during this debate were not the same positions he had back when he was debating in the primaries for the Republican nomination and even since he has been on the campaign trail. This includes his stand toward Iran; during the primaries, he was all for going to war with Iran; that was not his position at the debate. He now goes along with the Obama administration’s position, which is to let diplomacy play out but not let Iran get a nuclear bomb.
There was also talk about the auto industry bailout, even though the debate was supposedly about foreign policy. Mitt now claims he supported the bailout, despite an opinion he wrote in the Los Angeles Times back in 2008 to “Let Detroit go Bankrupt“, saying in his very first paragraph:
“IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.”
The president should have quoted this paragraph, word for word when the former governor sat there and completely denied what he wrote.
What was clear in the debate was that President Obama shined through; speaking about what he is now very experienced in and has been successful with, foreign policy. Indeed, he and his administration have made mistakes; they are human by the way. For the most part our president has proven to be very strong, when it comes to our enemies and yet highly respected among our allies.
Mitt Romney managed to get through the night, probably with mostly memorized talking points but he succeeded from entirely throwing his presidential bid into the can. Possibly, there will be a slight bump in the polls for Obama, which will help him to secure those electoral votes he needs.
For me, it would be good to wake up the day after the 2012 Election, knowing we are still, safely in the hands of a rational president from which we all know from whence he cometh without a doubt.