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With a debate in each of their win columns, the contenders head into Monday’s final showdown on President Obama’s turf – foreign policy. Even the Libyan mess seems unlikely to trip him up, considering how he smacked down Mitt Romney’s bumbling efforts to make something of it in Tuesday’s debate.
Which leaves us with all we know about Romney’s foreign policy: He’s all about blasting Obama without a word of meaningful specifics on what he would actually do himself.
Just look at GOP running mate Paul Ryan’s debate performance on foreign policy. He griped about not enough U.S. presence left behind in Iraq but when pressed wouldn’t say how much is enough. He barked about Obama not getting tough with Iran, but offered no alternatives. Complained that we were not adequately backing Syrian rebels, but gave no clue what should be done. Same story with Afghanistan.
Can Romney really expect to win a 90-minute debate on foreign policy like this? Obama is not vulnerable from the right on this stuff, especially if the line of attack is empty rhetoric. If anything, the left has more cause to be angry about his many extensions of Bush Administration policy.
Romney’s best chance to end the debates on a winning note would be to change the subject to more promising ground. He’s already had plenty of practice at steamrolling moderators. Next week’s presiding journalist, Bob Schieffer, might need farm tools to keep Romney on topic.
Monday, October 22
9:00 to 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
On ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and C-SPAN.
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Moderator: Bob Schieffer, Host of Face the Nation on CBS
Topic: Foreign policy. Format same as first presidential debate.
Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida
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