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Romney narrowly wins, but refuses to attack Obama on Benghazi cover-up

Re-cap from the Palm Beach Post.

Excerpt:

Romney also repeated his claim that Obama had gone on an “apology tour” to the Arab world when he took office, saying foreign leaders saw it as an act of weakness.

“Nothing Gov. Romney just said is true, starting with this notion of me apologizing,” Obama said, calling Romney’s claim “the biggest whopper of the campaign.”

Romney stood by his assertion.

“Mr. President, the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. And by the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region but you went to the other nations,” Romney said.

“And by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel. And then in those nations, and on Arabic TV, you said that America had been dismissive and derisive. You said that on occasion America had dictated to other nations. Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators.”

Here’s a clip of that speech:

Now here’s an example of Obama from NBC News:

Romney: “Our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917. The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission. We’re now at under 285…We’re headed down to the low 200s if we go through a sequestration. That’s unacceptable to me.”

Obama: “I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works.

“You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.”

Here’s the clip of that speech:

I don’t think that this arrogant tone he adopted is going to work on women and independents.

Moderate Chris Wallace’s opinion of the debate:

I don’t have much to say about this debate. To me, if Romney wanted to win, he would have gone after Obama on Benghazi, hammer and tongs. I’m disappointed with Romney’s weakness, but I think that there was enough there for Romney to eke out a narrow victory. I think that Romney thinks that he has it in the bag, and just doesn’t want to come off as patronizing like Obama did.

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2 Responses

  1. Steve Jones says:

    Republicans are pansies. They’re so afraid of offending some focus group or another that Romney would never have the cojones to really go after Obama. The only reason to vote for him is to get rid of the worst President in American history. I just hope that if he wins, Romney doesn’t turn out to be the second worst President in American history.

  2. Jerry says:

    I’ve just finished watching most of the debate and I can’t see how anyone can claim Romney won – again he flip-flopped. He set a date for withdrawal from Afghanistan – something he said was wrong to do just a couple of months ago. He echo’ed almost every single policy that Obama has been engaging in – Romney was leaning Obama – I’m thinking that Romney will be voting for Obama…

    I was disgusted with how many times Isreal was mentioned – what is it with this country and their love obsession for Isreal? We don’t need them for a darn thing.

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