Final debate showcased Mitt Romney’s presidential demeanor -- Governor failed to fall into any of Barack Obama's traps over foreign policy
By: Ed Farnan | Published Monday, December 17, 2012, 6:02 PM | Updated Monday, December 17, 2012, 6:02 PM
|Mitt Romney and Barack Obama during their final presidential debate|Governor Mitt Romney
was building momentum going into Monday's third, and final debate, and remained unchanged in the debate aftermath.
Debate polls will show it is about an even split, possibly even a few points in Barack Obama’s
favor, but again, like the first and second debate, voters gave Romney
overwhelming marks for their confidence that he could fix the economy.
Although supposed to be exclusively focused on foreign policy, Governor Romney
cleverly shifted the discussion over to his strong suit, by saying a strong American economy will make us powerful in the foreign policy arena.
always had a pleasant smile on his face while he discussed the issues, in stark contrast to the glare and occasional scowl that president Obama
had on his face.
Compared to the first debate where President Obama
barely looked at Mitt Romney, this time the President rarely took his eyes off of him. In someway this might have backfired on the President and made him appear too aggressive.
But Governor Romney
was not going to fall into any of President Obama's
traps and get mired in small wonkish details, he stayed focused on the big picture, as Dr, Charles Krauthammer noted shortly after the debate.
But while Obama
threw these petty charges his way Romney
never got ruffled and kept an amused smile on his face.
At one point in the debate Romney
said that our navy was at its lowest ship strength since 1917, far below recommendations by the navy to carry out its worldwide missions. Obama
leaped at the opportunity to try to demean Romney
by saying “governor we now have ships that planes land on called aircraft carriers and we have boats that go underwater.” We can do more with far less.
Of course the President overlooked the fact that Romney
was quoting from present day naval experts on the need for a larger fleet than what we have presently.
But it was an example of the pettiness and personal insults the President used throughout the debate.
delivered a devastating blow to Obama
when he criticized the Presidents apology tour to the Middle East, shortly on the heels of his inauguration and noted that the President visited all of those countries but neglected to visit our number one ally: Israel.
With the kicker: “They noticed.”
President Obama h
ad no coherent comeback to defray the bad taste his apology tour left in many Americans mouths and what a slap in the face it was to our friends and allies, the Israeli’s.
To sum it up, Dr. Krauthammer put it best: “Obama’s
attacks were something you would expect in a race for “city council.”
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