Oct 23, 2012

Rundle: Romney’s ‘paisley patchouli’ showing in foreign debate

The third and final US presidential debate is done, and results suggest Obama beat Romney in a "foreign policy" debate that was mostly about Ohio. Will it make a difference to the polls?

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


“Welcome to the campus of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida …” said the moderator, another ancient white guy, Bob Schieffer. Good god, Boca Raton has a university? I thought it was all retirement and golf, like the rest of Florida. But no, here we were for the final presidential debate of the campaign, on foreign policy.

It turned out to be a very strange debate indeed, with Mitt Romney going out of his way to agree with President Barack Obama, support his positions on a whole range of foreign policy initiatives from Libya to Afghanistan, and trying to stay away from a hawkish image that would have tied him to the Bush era. Both men were desperate to try and get foreign policy questions back onto domestic questions — and if possible try and tie foreign policy questions back to domestic questions and economic policies in swing states. Romney had more energy, and effusiveness; Obama once again sounded physically tired, and had an edge of hoarseness to his voice, but also sharp and on point.

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3 thoughts on “Rundle: Romney’s ‘paisley patchouli’ showing in foreign debate

  1. zut alors

    Romney: “we can’t kill our way to safety”.

    It’s a crying shame I don’t believe he means that. If Dubya was tuned in to the debate, at that point his toes must’ve curled.

  2. michael r james

    LA Times: Editorial: “Romney endorses Obama”

    Why those Fox guys were going bananas. They want Mitt to promise a hot war with Iran and to send in Seal Team 6 to get Assad. They’re not sure what they’d do about Libya and Egypt but there must be something/someone they can bomb?

  3. zut alors

    Michael RJ, give them a break – they still haven’t recovered from Barry nailing B1n [email protected]

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