Presidential debate: foreign policy, Romney playing it safe, horses and bayonets [AM Briefing]

October 23, 2012

Final presidential debate on foreign policy: “Republican Mitt Romney entered Monday night’s debate on foreign policy with the goal of presenting himself as a competent, plausible alternative to President Obama as commander in chief. But Romney appeared to cede many positions to Obama, moving closer to the president on a range of issues and presenting them in a softer way.” (Washington Post)


Horses, bayonets and why Mitt Romney’s Navy critique makes no sense. (ThinkProgress)

Judd Legum on last night’s presidential foreign policy debate: ZERO. | Number of times Mitt Romney mentioned veterans in today’s 90 minute debate on foreign policy. Obama mentioned veterans five separate times. (ThinkProgress)

Victor Davis Hanson: “In the third debate, Obama had to show in 90 minutes that the first two debates were a fluke, and that Romney was not presidential enough to end his tenure. He did not do that by any means; for all his pique, interruptions, and attacks, Obama scored few points against the workmanlike Romney who knew that he simply did not have to lose. In any debate, when the two score comparable points, the more aggressive and petulant usually comes off less well, especially given that Romney’s tone and expression were more like the reflective performance of his wildly successful first debate. The take-away quotes and sound bites from the debate will favor Romney.” (National Review)

Politico’s Arena asks: President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney sparred over foreign policy tonight, wrapping up the presidential debate series. Which candidate received the most momentum from these debates?  Did Mitt Romney pass the presidential test? Brookings’ Darrell West says “Obama dominated the debate. . . Conservatives will be disappointed by Romney’s positioning.” The Wilson Center’s Aaron David Miller says Obama may have won the debate, but not the politics. 

Has Marco Rubio abandoned his nonpartisan foreign policy for 2012? (Washington Post

Room for Debate asks: In the Web 2.0 age, when many Americans see hundreds of articles every day, are we more informed than previous generations were? (New York Times

Cato’s Gene Healy: False idol, a loaded weapon. (Washington Examiner)

AEI’s Scott Gottleib: ObamaCare v. women. (New York Post)

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