Foreign policy quickly pushed aside in presidential debate
The Kansas City Star
It only took about a half-hour before President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney stepped out of the foreign policy framework of the third debate and focused on domestic concerns.
But before they did, the two men challenged each other on whether the U.S. should have kept troops in Iraq, their opinions on the Arab Spring and showing leadership the conflict in Syria, where about 30,000 people have died. Romney said leadership was lacking in the Obama administration.
Obama countered saying the U.S. has never had more friends and greater alliances particularly with Israel. The president also brought up speeches Romney had made saying he had waffled on foreign policy issues.
Obama said the U.S. had to show clear leadership without mixed signals confusing U.S. troops and its allies.
The military budget became a concern after the candidates challenged each other on jobs, health care and business growth. For both men, a lot was riding on the last debate — perhaps the presidency itself.