Whether or not pundits thought President Obama and Mitt Romney addressed foreign policy enough in Monday night’s presidential debate, it was their last chance to go one-on-one in front of voters before the election. And with less than two weeks to go, every remark by the candidates counts.
But now it’s your turn. Did either candidates’ answers prove compelling? Were you swayed one way or the other? Bayonets and binders aside, what did you think of the content?
To help you with your own analysis, we’ve split up the exchanges between moderator Bob Schieffer and the candidates below. Re-read the questions, re-watch the answers and then tell us how you think they performed.
Bob Schieffer: The first question, and it concerns Libya, the controversy over what happened there continues. Four Americans are dead, including an American ambassador.
Bob Schieffer: The war in Syria has now spilled over into Lebanon. We have, what, more than 100 people that were killed there in a bomb. There were demonstrations there, eight people dead. Mr. President, it’s been more than a year since you saw — you told Assad he had to go. Since then, 30,000 Syrians have died. We’ve had 300,000 refugees. The war goes on. He’s still there. Should we reassess our policy and see if we can find a better way to influence events there? Or is that even possible?
Bob Schieffer (addressing Obama): During the Egyptian turmoil, there came a point when you said it was time for President Mubarak to go. Some in your administration thought perhaps we should have waited a while on that. Do you have any regrets about that?
Bob Schieffer: What do each of you see as our role in the world?
Bob Schieffer (addressing Romney): Governor, you say you want a bigger military. You want a bigger Navy. You don’t want to cut defense spending. What I want to ask you, we’re talking about financial problems in this country. Where are you going to get the money?
Bob Schieffer: Red lines, Israel and Iran. Would either of you be willing to declare that an attack on Israel is an attack on the United States, which of course is the same promise that we give to our close allies like Japan? And if you made such a declaration, would not that deter Iran?
Bob Schieffer: [In Afghanistan,] what do you do if the deadline arrives and it is obvious the Afghans are unable to handle their security? Do we still leave?
Bob Schieffer (addressing Romney): Let me ask you, Governor, because we know President Obama’s position on this, what is your position on the use of drones?
Bob Schieffer: What do you believe is the greatest future threat to the national security of this country?
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