Americans do not really care about foreign affairs, and this election campaign has been all about the economy in any case, so no-one was expecting any game-changing blows to be landed in the third and final Presidential debate. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney ended up dragging each other back to domestic issues as often as not.
“I thought last night it just pretty much showed that both Romney and Obama are pretty much in sync with foreign policy.”
“I looked at some of the debate and heard some feedback, Romney agreeing with the president. I would like for him to clearly set out his agenda, what he would do differently to what is being done in the United States right now,” were opinions from two members of the public.
There were no knockout punches or terrible mistakes for analysts to point at: most polls said Obama won the debate, but it may count for little. The two men are neck and neck with two weeks to go.
“I will not cut our military budget by a trillion dollars, which is a combination of the budget cuts the president has, as well as the sequestration cuts. That, in my view, is making our future less certain and less secure,” said Romney.
“But 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 in 1916. Well Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed,” countered Obama.
Romney came into the debate with a flakey foreign policy profile. His team will be satisfied that post-debate polls showed he had shored up his image as a potential commander-in-chief.