Showing posts with label Debate. Show all posts
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October 20, 2016

Clinton Weakens on Third Debate but Won

Clinton Wins Third Debate

October 10, 2016

Clinton Wins Second Debate

October 1, 2016

Review of Trump’s Foundation, Debate, Cuba, M.Cuban and New Attacks

 1. Trump Foundation Lacks Charitable Certification
The Trump Foundation, which is under investigation by the New York Attorney General's office, never obtained the necessary certification to solicit money from the public during its nearly 30-year existence, an investigation by the state's attorney general's office has found, a source briefed on the investigation tells ABC News. New York State law requires any charity that solicits more than $25,000 a year from the public to obtain a specific kind of certification. The allegation about the Donald J. Trump Foundation's lack of certification, first reported by the Washington Post, comes about two weeks after New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman -- a Hillary Clinton supporter -- announced he had opened a broad inquiry into the foundation. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment and the AG's office declined comment. More from ABC's AARON KATERSKY and DAVID CAPLAN: 
VP Candidates Prep for Debate
Donald Trump may have boasted about shunning traditional debate prep, but his running mate and Hillary Clinton's aren't leaving anything up to chance. Before Gov. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, face off at Longwood University on Tuesday, they're both working on their debate skills this week. Unlike their running mates, the topics for the vice-presidential debate will not be announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates beforehand, meaning that Pence and Kaine have to be ready for anything, ABC's MEGHAN KENEALLY notes. While in Madison, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, Pence teased that he was getting some help from Gov. Scott Walker. Pence told supporters he was in town doing "doing a little bit of debate prep of my own with a very good man who is putting me through my paces." 
Analysis - ABC's Rick Klein
How has Donald Trump gone through three campaign managers without anyone being able to lock him out of his Twitter account? Or at least overnight – or change the password on his smart phone? Trump has redefined the ability to dominate a news cycle with a Tweet. But, as always, that cuts in both directions. Does Trump really want to spend another news cycle on his feud with the former Miss Universe? He’s now calling her "disgusting," and is urging followers to check out her "sex tape and past." Is that the way to get past a rough debate night? Every passing day has brought more Trump complaints about that debate. The days have also revealed the brilliance of Hillary Clinton's debate gambits. She set traps that snapped so hard that they continue to reverberate, right through her opponent's Tweets. 
This Week on 'This Week'
After the blockbuster first presidential debate, the Powerhouse Roundtable debates the week in politics, with ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, ABC News' Cokie Roberts, Republican strategist and CNBC contributor Sara Fagen, Bloomberg Politics managing editor John Heilemann, and host and managing editor of TV One's "News One Now" Roland Martin. 
Clinton Says Donald Trump Was 'Unsettled' By Mark Cuban at Debate
Hillary Clinton is still sounding off about her debate performance. Campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa, the Democratic presidential nominee said her opponent Donald Trump was "unsettled" by the attendance of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban during the first presidential debate Monday, writes ABC's LIZ KREUTZ. "You know, at the debate the other night one of my well-known supporters, Mark Cuban, was there in the front row," she told a crowd at an outdoor early voting event. "And he really, I think, unsettled my opponent." 
Marco Rubio 'Deeply Concerned' About Possible Trump Cuba Business
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Donald Trump will have to "answer some questions" about a Newsweek story reporting that a Trump-owned company allegedly violated the United States' trade embargo with Cuba in the late 1990s. "This is something they're going to have to give a response to. I mean, it was a violation of American law, if that's how it happened," Rubio said on the ESPN/ABC "Capital Games" podcast. The report says the Trump-owned company secretly conducted business on the island under Fidel Castro's communist regime, notes ABC's INES DE LA CUETARA. 
Trump Resurfaces Attack Lines He Didn't Use in Debate
Ever since Donald Trump left the stage at Hofstra University after the first presidential debate of the season, he has been talking about all the things he would have done differently. From the moment he made the unusual move of stopping by the "spin" room after Monday night's debate, Trump started laying the groundwork for his own assessment of punches pulled against Hillary Clinton. Trump, who is married to his third wife and has himself been accused of cheating, said he had planned to talk about Bill Clinton’s "transgressions" during the debate but made no mention of it at Hofstra, writes ABC's MEGHAN KENEALLY. 

January 16, 2016

Interactive Breakdown of the Sixth GOP Presidential Debate


Breaking Down the Sixth Republican Presidential Debate

Posted on January 14, 2016 by Palmer Gibbs

Rainier Ehrhardt/AP Images

For the first time this year, Republican presidential hopefuls sparred in a two-and-a-half-hour debate hosted by Fox Business. The Jan. 14 debate dove into substantive issues, and also featured a handful of spats between the two top candidates: businessman Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

According to data collected by the InsideGov team, those two candidates — plus New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who also had a strong showing on Thursday — spoke the most during the debate.

In a twist from previous outings, moderators didn’t direct a question to Trump until the 19th minute of the debate. The query addressed Trump’s stance on Syrian refugees, which President Barack Obama referenced during his State of the Union speech Tuesday. While the moderators provided an opportunity for Trump to soften his anti-refugee position, the frontrunner doubled down, saying asylum-seekers from that part of the globe “could be the great Trojan Horse” who “are going to do great, great destruction.”

Despite the late-in-the-game start, Trump still managed to dominate the debate. In fact, it was the repeated terse exchanges between Trump and Cruz that put the two at the top of the heap when it came to speaking time on Thursday. Cruz has been climbing steadily in the polls since November, and they are now neck-and-neck in Iowa, where the first caucuses of the primary season take place in a little over two weeks. Although the two candidates have played very nice throughout the campaign — and Cruz has been largely safe from Trump’s razor-sharp attacks — that dynamic shifted dramatically on the Fox debate stage.

A few weeks ago, Trump brought up questions about Cruz’s eligibility to be president, citing the latter’s birth in Canada. Cruz, born to an American mother in Alberta, is a natural-born U.S. citizen; he was a dual citizen of both countries, but renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2014. As he has done since the concerns first came up, Cruz brushed aside the legal questions during the debate, making a not-so-veiled swipe at what he thinks is Trump’s true motivation for bringing it up. “Now, since September, the Constitution hasn’t changed. But the poll numbers have,” Cruz said to laughter and applause.

But in what has become a signature move for Trump during this campaign, he didn’t back down from his assertion. Instead, the real estate magnate said to Cruz: “There’s a big question mark on your head. And you can’t do that to the party.”

Overall, the debate focused on questions about immigration, terrorism and the economy. But, as the visualization below shows, much of the debate was dedicated to candidates defending their personal records and addressing the records of their competitors.

Toward the end of the debate, the moderators asked each of the seven candidates onstage to address Trump’s suggested ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. The original comments, made in December, kicked up quite a bit of controversy, but had relatively little impact on Trump’s all-rise and no-fall polling numbers.

Not surprisingly, Trump reiterated his support for the ban, saying it should be in place temporarily until the nation’s leadership gets to the bottom of the increased violence. In a brief back-and-forth about the ban with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Trump made two telling comments. He first name-checked political correctness as one of the primary speedbumps for American safety and security. And after Bush said he hoped Trump would “reconsider” the ban, Trump countered: “There's something going on and it's bad. And I'm saying we have to get to the bottom of it. That's all I'm saying. We need security.”

Trump’s deft ability to speak plainly about complicated policy topics, coupled with a strong anti-establishment fervor throughout the country, continues to find him a supportive audience. When Trump simply said “no” when asked if he’d reconsider the Muslim ban suggestion, the audience at the debate hall laughed — and then applauded.

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August 8, 2015

Only ‘The Donald’ Can WIN a Debate and LOOSE it at the SaMe Time

"The first Republican debate was almost juicier than advertised. Almost. We didn’t get the explosive confrontation from the Donald that we were waiting for. Still, given the constraints — 10 candidates and only 90 minutes of debating time —the event was strong, lively and surprisingly watchable.”  (Carlos Watson)

Republican nominee Donald Trump may have outscored his fellow candidates in talk-time during Thursday night’s GOP primary debate, but Republican strategist and CBS News contributor Frank Luntz said he saw the "destruction of a candidacy."

"Trump was the number one person walking into that debate. Almost all of his supporters (of the focus group) abandoned him because of what he said," Luntz said Friday on "CBS This Morning."
Trump's stand-out remarks included his response to Fox News host and debate moderator Megyn Kelly about comments he's made in reference to women as "fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals," and his insistence to not necessarily support another GOP nominee.

"When you're talking about a Republican presidential nomination, when these people want to defeat Hillary Clinton. That’s not the language, that’s not the strategy, that’s just not what they want to hear," Luntz said.
Luntz gathered a group of Ohioans to watch the debate and used dials to register whether they liked or disliked what they were hearing.

“Make no mistakes, his popularity may even go up slightly, but the negativity around him -- because in the end you still have to be liked by the majority of Republicans to get the nomination," Luntz said. 
The group of 13 men and 10 women was split between moderate and conservative Republicans and as expected, Trump made an impression.

"Remember this audience is a Republican audience and they are reacting to Republican language, Republican rhetoric, from Republican candidates, so you take a shot at Rosie O'Donnell, they like it, and they hate political correctness," Luntz said.

After the debate, Trump sent out several tweets, bashing Kelly and Luntz himself.
"I've been called a lot of things in my life but I've never been called a clown and those focus groups are accurate," Luntz said.

August 12, 2014

Doing Everything with Religion or Without Religion, Does it matter?Debatable?


Debatable points:
" ... Of course, what the law and any religion have in common is that people interpret both of them to suit their own needs, wants, desires and feelings. People decide what is right, what they want, what they will and won’t do, and then search for legal, or religious, justifications. ...

" ... What religion does is provide cover. Cover for the selfish, for the suddenly contrite, and even for the selfless. Religion’s greatest contribution is that it enables charity and concern for other human beings in a way that the generous and the devoted come across as serious and inspired, not weak or easy marks.
"Good and bad. It’s the individual who chooses. Not the Almighty."
Trib editorial talks diversity in the judiciary. All about religion:
— Utah high court needs religious diversity — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial
" ... The judiciary is necessarily more insulated from popular politics. Supreme Court justices are first appointed, not elected (although they do stand for retention elections where no justice has ever lost). Those who appoint them have the duty to foster a diverse court, and in this case that means replacing Nehring with another non-Mormon. ..."
Kirby takes a look at prayer. Hard to do without being about religion:
— Prayer — hearing what you want — Robert Kirby | The Salt Lake Tribune
" ... If I owed someone a million bucks and didn’t feel like paying it, you can be damn sure that I would find a way so that God didn’t want me to pay it, either. ..."
Catholic bishop calls for doing onto the least of these. Invokes religion:
— Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act does not match up with Utah ideals — Bishop John C. Wester | For The Deseret News
"As a relative newcomer to Utah, I have been impressed with the people’s generosity and deep commitment to charitable works, which are evident throughout the state. Utahns display a level of understanding of the Gospel call to care for the poor and the needy that is a model for the nation. This is one reason I find it so difficult to understand why Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would propose H.R. 5137, the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act, which contradicts these ideals. ..."
Sportwriter looks to do something good, if not entirely selfless, for others. Does not really invoke religion (just a passing God bless at the end):
— Looking forward to becoming foster parents — Jason Turner | The Logan Herald-Journal
" ... You see, my wife and I are in the final stages in preparing to become foster parents. We have completed all of the pre-service training classes, have undergone a background check, submitted all of our paperwork and have prepared a couple of rooms in our house for kids. ..."
Impossible to talk about all the violence in the Middle East without mentioning religion:
— U.S. sending arms to Kurds in Iraq — AP |
"The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said Monday.
"Previously, the U.S. had insisted on only selling arms to the Iraqi government in Baghdad, but the Kurdish peshmerga fighters had been losing ground to Islamic State militants in recent weeks. ..."
" ... The killings were the first of their kind in rebel-held northern Syria, where jihadis from the Islamic State group have seized large swaths of territory, terrorizing residents with their strict interpretation of Islamic law, including beheadings and cutting off the hands of thieves. The jihadis recently tied a 14-year-old boy to a cross-like structure and left him for several hours in the scorching summer sun before bringing him down -- punishment for not fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. ..."
"Losing the fight against same-sex marriage at home, leading U.S. Evangelical Christians are joining in the culture wars in Latin America as cheerleaders for opponents of gay legal partnerships, abortion and pornography. …"

George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.
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August 22, 2013

Christine Quinn Holds Her On Against a Field of 6 Hungry Men

  The crowded field of Democratic mayoral hopefuls met in a second major televised debate Wednesday, with Christine Quinn turning her attacks on a surging Bill de Blasio and Anthony Weiner struggling to remain relevant in a rapidly shifting campaign.

Rivals Sharpen Attacks on de Blasio in 2nd Debate
The first volley between the top contenders came during a discussion of efforts to prevent financially troubled hospitals from closing. Quinn mocked de Blasio for fighting against the shuttering of Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn while aligning himself with celebrity activists like Susan Sarandon, who opposed a plan to renovate St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village before it closed in 2010.
Quinn, the city council speaker,  went for her line of attack against de Blasio, a former city councilman and current public advocate. She called him a flip-flopper.
"You have to be what you're for all the time," Quinn told de Blasio.
He responded by accusing Quinn of creating a "smokescreen" to divert attention from the fact that the closure of St. Vincent's happened in her city council district.
NBC 4 New York hosts the next mayoral debate for the Democrats on Sept. 3, to be televised live at 7 p.m. The Republican candidates face off next on Aug. 28.
To a certain extent, the opening segments of Wednesday's debate were merely a prelude to inevitable questions about an issue that had preoccupied the campaign much of the day: comments by de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, that suggested Quinn wasn't reliable on children's issues because she wasn't a mother herself.
"I don’t see her speaking to the concerns of women who have to take care of children at a young age or send them to school and after school, paid sick days, workplace, she is not speaking to any of those issues," McCray was quoted as telling columnist Maureen Dowd.
Asked about it by debate moderator Errol Louis, Quinn -- a married lesbian and the race's only childless candidate -- said the comments were "very hurtful and upsetting because they basically raised the question of whether the fact that I have children is relevant to how hard I fight for families."
De Blasio, who has been emphasizing his interracial family in his campaign, said his wife did not intend to offend Quinn, and was trying to respectfully critique Quinn's stances on policies affecting children and families.
"It is not personal, it is substantive," de Blasio said.
Former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who has struggled for traction despite having won the Democratic nomination in 2009, showed signs of trying to escape his conciliatory image. His strategy was to go after de Blasio, who has surged past him in recent polls.
First, Thompson lampooned de Blasio's proposal to raise taxes on the rich to finance universal pre-kindergarten as "a tax in search of an idea." Then, Thompson invoked a controversial de Blasio campaign advertisement, since debunked, that claimed he was "the only candidate to end a stop and frisk era that targets minorities.”
Then, Thompson took a page from Quinn's campaign book, accusing de Blasio of switching sides on term limits and the council appropriations known as “member items," which became the target of a federal investigation that resulted in criminal charges against several lawmakers and staffers.
"Will the real Bill de Blasio please stand up?" Thompson said.
Under attack from both Quinn and Thompson, de Blasio said that he felt like he was in a professional wrestling match, getting tag-teamed.
For all the sniping the candidates made against each other, much of their criticism was focused on Mayor Michael Bloomberg, particularly his unwavering defense of the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk tactics, which a federal judge recently found to be unconstitutional.
The candidate most associated with Bloomberg is Quinn, who helped the mayor change city laws to run for a third term and has expressed support of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Quinn's rivals have accused her of siding with Bloomberg on stop-and-frisk.
A key moment  in that argument will come Thursday, when the council will vote on whether to override Bloomberg's veto of two bills meant to rein in stop-and-frisk. One would create a position of inspector general to oversee the police. The other would make it easier to sue for racial profiling.
De Blasio asked Quinn how she would vote on the profiling measure. Quinn sidestepped the question at first, saying she'd done more than any of the candidates to end racial profiling. She accused de Blasio of misrepresenting her positions. But when de Blasio pressed her, she said she would not vote in support of the profiling bill.
Weiner, the disgraced former congressman, watched much of the wrangling with his arms crossed, unable to get a word in. This was the first major debate in which he was a sideline act rather than a headliner. His support has been dwindling since he admitted last month that his online sexual relationships with women continued after he resigned from Congress in 2011.
So, late in the debate, when he was given a chance to ask another candidate a question, Weiner lobbed a bomb. He challenged Quinn to release council documents related to the 2008 council appropriations scandal. Thompson had made a similar demand earlier this month, but Weiner added an inflammatory addition: he asked Quinn to say whether de Blasio, then a councilman, had been "implicated in any way."
Quinn, looking aghast, said she didn't know what Weiner was talking about. Then, in a twist, she defended de Blasio, saying he'd never been implicated.
"Casting aspersions on the public advocate like that is just outrageous," Quinn said.
De Blasio later thanked Quinn.
The other Democratic candidates in the debate were Comptroller John Liu, whose campaign has suffered from allegations of illegal fundraising, former City Councilman Sal Albanese and Bronx pastor Erick Salgado.
Liu spent a good portion of his speaking time criticizing Thompson's work as his predecessor in the comptroller's office, which monitors city finances. One of Liu's targets was CityTime, a highly touted project to modernize municipal payrolls that ultimately cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars and ended with allegations of fraud. The scandal unfolded while Thompson was in office.
"What happened, Bill?" Liu asked.
Thompson admitted he could have done more, but added that Mayor Bloomberg and the council could have done more, too.
Albanese and Salgado, the most marginalized of the Democratic candidates, struggled to be heard. At one point, after going several minutes without being asked a question, Albanese shouted out: "Do I get to talk at all? This is ridiculous."
Salgado added: "I may have an accent, but I can talk."
After that, the panel of questioners asked for their opinions more often.
With the Sept. 10 primary drawing closer, and small margins separating the leading candidates, it seems likely that none will receive the 40 percent of votes needed to avoid an Oct. 1 runoff. 
By Jon Schuppe
NBC |   (Adam Edited for blog)

August 14, 2013

Debate on NYC Mayoral Candidates

Five Democrats running for Mayor of New York City met in their first broadcast television debate at WABC-TV on Tuesday night.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, ex-comptroller Bill Thompson and current Comptroller John Liu squared off on a variety of topics, including the NYPD's stop-and-frisk program, the future police commissioner and how to fix education.
The first question of the debate focused on stop and frisk, which a judge on Monday ruled violated Constitutional rights.
"I'm the only person on this stage, that will lead the effort to override [Bloomberg's veto]," Quinn said.
The Speaker then went on the attack against Bill de Blasio for saying he would fire Commissioner Ray Kelly only to hire one of his deputies.
"[Kelly] has done good things for the city of New York, but has also become the face of this abusive stop-and-frisk policy," countered de Blasio, the new front-runner in the most recent poll.
De Blasio opened the debate by saying there was a tale of two cities in New York, pledging a tax on the city's superwealthy residents. Later, he said the City can't "continue the policies of Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn," but must move for progressive change.
In making her case to be mayor, Quinn argue, "You know I can do it because I'm the only one on the stage with a proven record of results.”

Anthony Weiner acknowledged personal mistakes and apologized again when faced with a question about why voters should trust him after learning the sexting that got him in trouble in Congress continued after he resigned in disgrace.

"If you want to talk about my personal failings, they've been all over the papers. But, if you want someone who is going to stand up in the face of pressure, someone who is going to take on the Republicans at every turn, someone who has good ideas and who is willing to stand up for those good ideas, I'm the person who you want to vote for," he argued.
Weiner's opponents largely declined to address the matter.

"We should not be talking about one individual and their personal life," de Blasio said.
Weiner tried to turn the tables on the issue, saying he has "owed up to his personal failings," but Quinn hasn't explained about her failings as a leader and lawmaker.
"Nobody on stage and nobody in New York should be lectured by Anthony Weiner about what we need to apologize for tonight," Quinn fired back.
Quinn came under fire for supporting Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign for a third term in 2009.
"Under that reasoning that we did it because of the financial situation, we changed a President in 2008. We had a new President. We elected him. By that venture, we should have suspended that election also," Bill Thompson said.
On the matter of education and recent low state test scores among New York City students, the candidates seemed to agree that the results were a wake-up call.

"The results were horrendous for Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Education, but they were even moreso for the million school kids in our public schools," John Liu said. "So much of their years are spent getting ready for the test. It has to stop. We have to restore the learning environment in each and every one of our schools."
De Blasio called a stronger focus on early education and pre-k.
"If we don't lay that foundation, our children won't be able to achieve at the level necessary," he said.
Thompson said he would stop Bloomberg's "policy of closing schools." Quinn said she would close failing schools only as a last resort.

Tuesday's debate comes with less than a month remaining until the Sept. 10 primary.
A new poll released Tuesday shows Bill de Blasio has taken over the lead among Democratic candidates in the mayoral race.
A Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday shows de Blasio is the new front-runner with the support of 30 percent of voters surveyed.
Quinn has 24 percent, with 22 percent for former Comptroller William Thompson, 10 percent for Weiner, 6 percent for Comptroller John Liu, 1 percent for former Council member Sal Albanese and 7 percent undecided.
If no candidate reaches 40 percent of the vote at the primary, the top two advance to a runoff three weeks later.

October 23, 2012

Obama Sinks Romney’s Battleship with Bayonet

  Obama: President has to 
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"There's no question debate coaches would score this one for the president," said CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, while CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen said Obama "dominated the middle of the debate" and emerged as the winner.Both King and Gergen agreed that Romney avoided sounding like an overzealous advocate of military action -- which is how Obama and Democrats seek to portray him.Alex Castellanos, a Republican strategist and CNN contributor, conceded Obama "won tonight on points, no doubt about it," but added that Romney showed the cool and calm leadership style of a commander-in-chief to show that making a change in leadership now would be safe.

A CNN/ORC International poll of people who watched the debate showed 48% favored Obama compared to 40% for Romney, a result considered statistically even under the margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.5%. Another poll by CBS scored it a clear victory for Obama.However, the CNN/ORC poll showed viewers thought Romney established credibility as a leader, which former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, a Republican strategist and CNN contributor, said was very important."This isn't going to change the trajectory of the result," Fleischer said.

 The third and final face-to-face showdown occurred with the candidates running even in national polls and the race hinging on a handful of battleground states -- particularly Ohio, Florida and Virginia.According to the latest polls, Obama has a slight lead in Ohio. Romney is ahead in Florida, and Virginia is a dead heat.Obama more than once sought to highlight Romney's lack of foreign policy experience, while Romney said Obama's foreign affairs policies have made the United States less respected and more vulnerable.Romney also repeatedly tried to shift the discussion to his strongest issue -- the continued high unemployment and slow economic recovery under Obama -- arguing that a strong foreign policy and national defense depends on a strong economy.

The president's policies undercut the military, leaving the Navy and Air Force at their weakest levels in decades, Romney said."Our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917," the Republican nominee said, also noting that "our Air Force is older and smaller than at any time since it was founded in 1947."Obama fired back with perhaps his strongest response of the night, saying 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," Obama said. "Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military' has changed.

Sarcastically noting that the Navy now has "these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them." as well as "ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines," Obama concluded that "the question is not a game of Battleship, where we're counting ships -- it's what are our capabilities.”

How foreign policy hits close to home

Romney applauded Obama's efforts to kill Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders but insisted that "we can't kill our way of this mess." Rather, he pushed for "a comprehensive strategy" to curb violent extremism in the Middle East."The key is the pathway is to get the Muslim world to reject extremism on its own," Romney said, proposing U.S. policies to promote economic development, better education, gender equity and to help create institutions.

However, he was unable to express any significant policy difference with Obama on how that would happen.Obama responded by criticizing his opponent on a host of foreign policy issues -- claiming Romney had favored positions that would have hurt the United States or offered sometimes contradictory views."What we need to do with respect to the Middle East is strong, steady leadership -- not wrong and reckless leadership that is all over the map," the president said.
Romney's economic plan seeks trillions in tax cuts while increasing defense spending, which would increase the deficit, Obama said.For his part, Romney repeatedly shifted back to his stump speech criticism of the nation's sluggish economic recovery under Obama's policies, which he says have hindered growth through high taxes and onerous regulations.
Read the full debate transcript
The candidates were at odds as well about how Washington should ultimately respond to the continuing violence in Syria.

Checking the candidates' facts on foreign policy and national security

Talking about the need to provide those fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces with arms, Romney said the Democratic incumbent has not enough to curb violence that has left tens of thousands of people dead and also destabilized the region."We should be playing the leadership role," Romney said.That precipitated a quick response from Obama, who pointed to American efforts to organize international efforts to address the issue as well as its support for opposition factions. "We are making sure that those we help will be our friends (in the future)," he said.A strong performance by Romney against a lackluster Obama in the first debate October 3 in Denver helped the GOP challenger tighten the race and even pass the president in some polls.

Where they stand: Candidates and issues

The president fought back to win the second debate last week in New York, according to polls and pundits, setting up the Monday's night showdown at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, moderated by CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer.Until recently, polls showed Obama ahead of the former governor on foreign relations issues, and the Romney campaign has mounted pointed attacks in an attempt to narrow the president's advantage.Other issues discussed in the debate included Iran's nuclear ambitions, China and the war in Afghanistan. Both candidates pledged to support Israel if the Jewish state comes under attack, and Romney backed the 2014 date set by Obama and NATO for withdrawing combat troops from Afghanistan.Romney has landed blows thus far in the campaign by arguing that continued high unemployment and sluggish growth showed failed policies under the president, while promoting his own business background.

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In a major foreign policy address on October 8, Romney promoted a traditional U.S. foreign policy dating back decades, based on exerting global influence through military and economic power. While the speech sought to distinguish himself from Obama on foreign policy, specific proposals he cited then were similar to what the administration is doing.Obama's campaign has accused Romney of shifting positions on foreign policy matters and mishandling a trip to England, Israel and Poland this summer when he publicly questioned London's preparedness to host the Olympic Games and cited cultural differences as a reason for economic disparities between Israelis and Palestinians.
Defense: $2 trillion divides Obama and Romney
If at this point there are people undecided we have MRI’s and cat scans waiting to see where the tumor is on the brain and wether it can be operated on.  At this so late a time, they don’t have a chance of being cured, but the surgeons will try something that does not hurt a lot and it’s within budget limitations.
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