Initial debate response from foreign policy-watchers seems to be building around the impression that Mitt Romney laid out policies and approaches remarkably similar to President Obama's. Though both candidates worked to highlight differences on issues such as Syria, Afghanistan, and even China, the subtext of their comments often suggested few actual differences in how they'd act. We'll explore this more tomorrow, but here's a taste of what people are saying:
Mitt's pitch was: If you like Obama's foreign policy, vote for me and you can have it and also have jobs.
— AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) October 23, 2012
I wrote a CNN column today saying debate would be a referendum on Obama foreign policy.It was.Apparently both of them like it.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 23, 2012
This debate threatens to restore us to a bipartisan foreign policy.
— peacefare.net (@DanielSerwer) October 23, 2012
My take: Romney makes himself out a peacemonger, but moots all his differences with Obama. So why change presidents? nationaljournal.com/politics/obama…
— michaelhirsh (@michaelphirsh) October 23, 2012
In conclusion, this failed president has made us weaker in the world, and I will continue all his policies. #butmoreleadery
— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) October 23, 2012
Romney tried to present as a plausible commander in chief tonight by mimicking the current one. I suspect voters will prefer the real thing.
— Martin Indyk (@Martin_Indyk) October 23, 2012