My pre debate thoughts are that I expect the President will ‘find’ a way to put a new spin on Benghazi, something he can ‘sell’. To underestimate the President is a mistake and there can be no doubt he understands the importance of the moment.
I am hopeful that Gov. Romney knows that the style of Debate Two won’t work. Answers and policy is one thing, statesmanship is quite another and he needs to project statesmanship above all else; calm and competent.
Pre Spin, Post Debate thoughts.
Dear reader, you may rightly accuse me of arrogance; neither of these candidates has presented the full context of foreign policy questions, in my not so humble opinion. (Confession is good for the soul I’m told) We all understanding that limitations accrue in these debate formats, this debate has much less limiting factors than the previous two. That being said, in general, the President’s basis for his foreign policy simply does not recognize realities, how many voters understand those realities is the question of the day. Mr. Romney, while not as strong as one might like, is less naïve but somewhat naïve nonetheless.
The most significant flaw in this debate is simply that foreign policy became a secondary topic! Both candidates continued to bring it back to economic issues. There is no refocus on the question on the table, Mr. Scheiffer apparently intimidated by prior criticisms just lets it go. Strategically, one must give the economic arguments to Gov. Romney. It is clearly a ‘run on your record Mr. President’ strategy for Gov. Romney.
In my opinion the debate, was a toss-up: until the closing statements. Both candidates landed blows, both candidates generated effective arguments in the context of the voter just getting serious about the political landscape.
Mr. Romney was not ‘caught’ in any point of ignorance, that combined with the closing means the President was not helped and Mr. Romney was not hurt. Advantage Romney