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Romney, Obama veer back to economy in foreign-policy debate


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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 23, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    This election:

    takers vs makers

    consumers vs producers

    Republic vs Communism

    Independence vs Government control

    Ever notice how elementary school children look like prisoners?

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 23, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    Good point. After all, any reporter can watch the actual debate just like we did.
    Why give the AP view when DN's political reporters are capable of watching and reporting?
    They are playing right into the hands of new media.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 23, 2012 12:51 a.m.

    Ying Fah,

    Sorry, but the Navy of today is not as advanced as you think. All this technology is going to cost us a trillion dollars less? That makes sense to you?

    Capability? We just lost a big chunk of NASA to Muslims, while giving billions to there Brotherhood.

    Obama can't tell the difference between a video and terrorist attack. Can't even protect the embassy?

    Blocking an investigation of thousands of American weapons to Mexican cartels. These weapons killed men, women, and children.

    What good foreign policy are you seeing?

  • Joe Moe Logan, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 11:38 p.m.

    I may be a Republican, but I believe Obama has been quite good in foreign affairs; Romney never had much hope of taking an edge in this category. His goal was probably a tie, and he came close to that tonight (CNN poll gave a 8 point spread, which is pretty close). Really, his main goal tonight needed to be to put undecided voters at ease that he could be at least OKAY at foreign affairs, so they can turn their attention to what they really care about, which is the economy, deficit, unemployment. I think he did that.

    As a CBS commentator said, "This was the least important debate" to Americans (not to be confused with UNimportant). My question is, this is the one that happens a week before the vote, so does it stick with voters more? If so, I think Obama wins in two weeks. But if in those two weeks people refocus to the economy, it will be close.

  • Ying Fah Provo, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 10:43 p.m.

    @worf Mcallen, TX

    ?????? Modern warfare has changed considerable since the days of confrontation with the former Soviet Union. With the shift to asymmetric warfare and the problems introduced by dysfunctional nation-states like Syria and Iran or terrorist groups operating out of dysfunctional nation-states like Mali, Yemen, and Somalia, how many nuclear supercarriers (with associated aircraft and support naval forces), nuclear ICBMs, nuclear attack and missle-carrying submarines are necessary for carrying out combat operations in the Middle East?

    The United States no longer faces a war on continental Europe and the high seas of either the Atlantic or Pacific. Those days are gone. Today's military is dependent upon technology and fast response. The use of drones, technology and cyber security are are the center of the new frontiers of modern warfare.

    With reference to your juvenile remarks about " . . . the commander has learned about a ship which has air planes landing on it, or can go under water", according to the transcript of the debate, it appears you were criticizing Romney for his desire to rebuild the old navy rather than understand the new navy of today.

  • Swordmaiden Truthseeker West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 22, 2012 10:32 p.m.

    I do not understand you posting an AP story line when there are several able-bodied Reporters, fully capable of reporting accurately. Give us a reason to read the News!

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 10:27 p.m.

    funny not what the poll showed, the CNN poll that over sampled republicans gave Obama the clear win 48% to 40%.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 10:24 p.m.

    "Economy and foreign policy is like ham & eggs"

    and Romney sure seemed to agree with Obama's recipes, But thats alright I am sure Romney will give his etch a sketch a good shake an come out with all new positions tomorrow.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 10:22 p.m.

    Saw another Romney tonight. The Etch a Sketch is still working. No wonder he left as Govenor after only term and a 35% approval rating.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 10:14 p.m.

    Never thought I'd see it, but Romney morphed again! There were times where it appeared that Barack Obama was debating with himself. Romney the moderate, agreeing with Obama on foreign policy. What ever happened to Tough Talking Romney? He even agreed on sanctions with Iran and the success Obama has enjoyed. It was mind-boggling. And there wasn't even a wink to the neocon architects of the pre-debate Romney foreign policy.

    Of course, there was the discussion on the economy and national debt as essential parts of maintaining a strong America, and again there was the question of how Romney was going to grow the economy and reduce the debt while cutting $5 trillion in taxes across the board and increasing defense spending by $2 trillion.

    Romney's desire to increase the military seemed to focus on the days pre-WWII when there was a demand for quantity not quality. Nowadays, a single naval strikeforce has 10x the power of the entire U.S Navy during WWII. He argued for a military designed more to fight the last war than to be prepared to fight the next war -- a true Cold Warrior!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 22, 2012 10:14 p.m.

    Economy and foreign policy is like ham & eggs.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 22, 2012 10:07 p.m.

    Since the last debate, the commander has learned about a ship which has air planes landing on it, or can go under water.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 10:02 p.m.


  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Oct. 22, 2012 10:00 p.m.

    Yo Fred!
    The topic of the debate was "Foreign Policy".
    Important topic to the majority of voters.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 9:47 p.m.

    After a half hour they were just repeating talking points we've all heard before.
    Repeat after me: "Mr. Romney has pledged $2 trillion additional dollars that the military has not asked for."
    or Mitt tells us for the 100th time: "I know how to create 12 million new jobs."
    I'm tired of these two regurgitating their scripts.
    I'm a proponent of the Mulligan election process. We put None of the Above on the ballot and if he wins both parties have 90 days to bring us another candidate.

  • Fred33 KAYSVILLE, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 9:35 p.m.

    What the first two comments have failed to acknowledge is that the most important issue to voters is the economy. Mitt Romney didn't need to win the debate on foreign policy. He pivoted back to the economy every chance that he got. I watched the PBS commentary afterwards and they agreed that this was a draw with maybe a slight edge for Romney.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 9:32 p.m.

    Romney changed the subject to "economy", because he clearly had nothing on foreign policy.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Oct. 22, 2012 9:18 p.m.

    Best quote of the night...

    "If the debate had been a half an hour longer, Mitt Romney would have endorsed President Obama".

    CNN Election Center

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    Romney the great agreer. nice to know he thinks Obama is doing such a great job on foreign policy.