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The Final 2012 Presidential Debate: Open Forum

Posted by Larry Doyle on October 23, 2012 9:19 AM |

With the final official debate of the 2012 Presidential campaign now in the rear view mirror, the candidates will now engage in an all out sprint to the finish line on November 6th.

I personally believe that the length and costs of these campaigns are  hugely unproductive for our country. Why is it that Washington is so dysfunctional? Politicians from the White House to Capitol Hill seem stuck in perpetual campaign mode. Well, that is a topic for a different day.

How do readers feel about last night’s debate? Who won? Who lost? What did you learn? 

I believe Governor Mitt Romney was very strategically playing for the women’s vote by trying to convey a sense of seriousness in his delivery without sending a message that he is trigger happy as some on the Democratic side would want us to believe. I also believe that President Obama benefits more from having access to “inside info” on the topic of foreign policy than on prior debates focused on domestic policy.

Did Romney rise above the fray by not challenging President Obama on the course of events and the public messages put forth regarding the tragedy in Benghazi? Did Obama “school” Romney on the advancements in technology in military defense or did he come across as condescending if not outright obnoxious?

How do you think the moderator Bob Schieffer handled things? His questions covered the following topics:

1. Libya specifically and policy in the Middle East at large.

2. The tragic situation engulfing Syria and how the United States should proceed.

3. Should the United States have supported the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

4. What is America’s role in the world. (The candidates both addressed their domestic agendas and connected them to our position of influence in the world.)

5. The size, scope, and state of our military? President Obama’s comments regarding the use of horses and bayonets in this exchange evoked strong partisan responses from both camps.

6. Our support for Israel and the unsettled dynamic at play between Israel and Iran. How should the United States manage Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability. Romney took a shot at the President for what the challenger defined as his apology tour. The President responded with an impassioned description of a trip to Israel while a candidate for the Presidency back in 2008.

7. China. How to manage this “frienemy”.  During this exchange the conversation swerved to Governor’s Romney proposal to put the automotive industry through a managed bankruptcy. For those interested in this topic, I welcome linking to the governor’s op-ed piece and specifically highlighting that despite what our President might like to say and asserted even last night, the governor actually wrote,

The federal government should provide guarantees for post-bankruptcy financing and assure car buyers that their warranties are not at risk.

I welcome providing the Transcript of the Final 2012 Presidential Debate, Part 1 and Part 2

There you have it. Who won this debate? If we were to collectively score all three debates, who came out ahead? What questions and responses resonated with you and what reviled you?

Have you made up your mind? Have you changed your stance?

Who do you think will be the next President of the United States of America and leader of the free world?

Thoughts, color, and constructive commentary is encouraged and appreciated.

Larry Doyle

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I have no affiliation or business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.

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