BARACK OBAMA won the third and final presidential debate hands down. The US president was at his best as he tested the skills of his Republican rival.
Obama remained calm and cautious in response to Mitt Romney’s observations and sporadic allegations, and in fact, the governor of Massachusetts himself caved in like a house of cards. Romney’s biggest problem on the fateful night seemed to be that he agreed to almost all of the crucial assessments Obama made on foreign relations, and could not fire back with a valid counterpoint. The GOP candidate was also seen going back on his pledges and earlier assessments, since he refused to acknowledge Russia as the number one threat to US security and agreed with Obama that Al Qaeda is in need of being exterminated with full might. Similarly, Romney gave Obama full marks for killing Osama bin Laden, and didn’t even remember to bring up the Benghazi killings — an issue he had vociferously raised during the previous two debates. Moreover, by giving support to many of the administration’s responses to the Arab Spring, Iran and China, Romney — as aptly stated by a Fox News analyst — rendered his leadership calibre secondary to the incumbent in the White House.
With some of the best lines and assurances, Obama stands a fair chance of bagging a second-term in office. Exit polls put him in the safe territory of 56 per cent, with Romney trailing at a maximum of 40 per cent. But one thing is clear: Obama made a conscious attempt to reach out to the undecided voters as he called Romney’s bluff on critical issues of foreign and domestic policies. It was Romney’s inconsistency that made him lose the third encounter — which might also cost him the coveted presidential office.
Irrespective of the fact that the debate was centred on foreign policy, apt references to the state of economy and a number of social issues made it quite clear that they can’t be backburner subjects. If televised debates are the criterion for judgment, Obama is already home. But as they say, there’s many a slip between the cup and the lip, between now and November 6, and indications are that this election is going to be a nail-biter. Khaleej Times
bernardwijeyasingha Thursday, 25 October 2012 06:08 PM
The debate was foreign pol. & Romney had to present himself as the top diplomat of the US & he did that with flying colors. When Romney was speaking, Obama cut in, & Romney hardly wavered & finished his statement. This is an essential skill needed in int'l talks. Romney pointed these interruptions by stating "personal attacks is not an agenda". When Obama spoke Romney again proved what diplomats cherish & that is to listen. Romney hardly interrupted Obama. One of the great points was that Romney made the bridge between being a nation with an effective foreign policy & a strong economy. Romney's closing speech was great. He looked at the camera & presented himself as one would at a job interview while Obama's closing speech was distracted by his hand gestures. Obama lost ground when Romney pinned him down on the US economy during the last 4 years & the connection of the economy and foreign policy. Romney deftly left out the Benghazi crisis which cannot be solved in a debate.
Hussain Friday, 26 October 2012 04:58 AM
The 3rd debate is the least important one of the three. It was foreign policy. Americans are more worried about the economy and jobs. With Obama there is a chance for improvement for the middle classes. If Romney wins, its the rich who would benefit and the burden will fall on the middle classes. True , Obama won the this one, but he messed up the first one. Pity, he did score on the 2nd. But the one vice Presidential debate , VP Biden took contender Ryan to task like a teacher taking on a school boy and let him have with both barrels. Biden was the winner of that one.
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