Obama and Romney finish off the debate series
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 15:10
The fourth and final debate of the four debate series concluded Monday night in Boca Raton Florida. The main issue of conversation was foreign policy, although both candidates struggled to stay strictly on that issue.
First on the agenda was the topic of Libya. Libya has become very important in this presidential election as the recent terrorist attacks on the U.S. Ambassador and the building have led to American deaths. The question also went on to elaborate on the Middle East as a whole and that provided the most new answers from these candidates.
Obama touted his job in ending the war in Iraq and his plan to evacuate Afghanistan and his major achievement in killing Osama bin Laden.
Romney said that he would like to put new policies into place to help guide our country to a better security in the Middle East and stated his unhappiness in how the current administration had handled the previous issues.
On the issues of Syria, there was a clear distinction drawn between the two candidates.
Romney expressed hopes of giving American weapons to allies of the Syrian government for democracy to help their efforts.
Obama said the opposite. He hopes to not send American weapons overseas as they could one day, be used against the U.S.A.
During the Arab Spring that was in motion this past year, President Obama was in favor of getting rid of the Egyptian president. He was asked if he still believed that he took the right action and he believed that he did stating, he would always stand for democracy.
When Romney was asked if he would have done the same actions, he agreed with the president on getting rid of the Egyptian president and promoting democracy abroad.
The candidates were asked what they thought America’s role should be in the future.
Romney said he seeks to eliminate conflicts abroad and build a strong economy that can lead the world along with a stronger military.
Obama said he wants to recall all the soldiers back home, rebuild America with new infrastructure, and to invest highly in education to make sure the brightest minds are in America.
Another debate was defense spending, which is a part of U.S. foreign policy. Romney wants to boost defense spending by cutting 5 percent of discretionary spending and cutting Obamacare. With these cuts he will spend the savings on an increase in Navy and Air Force equipment.
Obama cited that the defense department has not asked him for more money, so he plans to continue to cut the defense budget and to start focusing on cyber security.
Israel was brought up and the candidates were in agreement that an attack on Israel was an attack on the United States and that whoever is president, this policy will be in place.
November 6th is Election Day and the results will determine who Americans thought best represented them during these debates and through the campaign season.