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Foreign Policy: Advantage Obama, Except on Fox [Video]

FOREIGN POLICY is the topic. It’s been President Obama’s strong suit, until a blast in Benghazi gave his opponents an opening, because what the average voter knows about the nuances of foreign policy and national security, which is where policy is made, could fit in a shot glass.

As foreshadowing, Sean Hannity gave a teaser to what might be coming tonight. In the first 10 minutes of his show today he said he word “peace” more times than I’ve heard him utter it in his career. Over and over he emphasized the word “peace,” which was done in a nod to women voters, many of whom are turned off by the bellicosity of how Mitt Romney has couched expanding the Pentagon budget. The language he’s used so far brings back memories of Bush, foreign policy misadventurism, and the toll it’s taken on our economy and what’s needed at home.

If Mitt Romney makes the turn tonight to “peace through strength,” which begins at home with our own economic health, it could get very interesting for President Obama.

President Obama is the commander in chief, so he walks in with the advantage. His best gambit is to take Romney’s suggestions then pivot to say how he’s already doing what his opponent has suggested. Defending his policies must be turn into offense of what’s been accomplished: in ending the Iraq war, DADT, immigrants serving in the military for citizenship, veterans benefits, health care.

It’s a more intimate setting, with Obama and Romney sitting close to each other. It’s not a natural dynamic that works for the President. Remember Obama’s “you’re likable enough” against Hillary Clinton in 2008?

Cool rules on camera in close quarters.

Bill Kristol had the best advice for Romeney this morning on Fox News Channel. Romney needs to concentrate on looking presidential and not worry about every debate point. I’d add that he must not allow Obama to trip him into reacting.

Both men should avoid at all costs cross-talking, while keeping their disdain for each other in check. Otherwise they’ll turn off women, with younger women the most likely to say screw ‘em both and not vote. That would hurt Obama a lot more than Mitt Romney.

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14 Responses to Foreign Policy: Advantage Obama, Except on Fox [Video]

  1. PWT October 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Wishful thinking, Obama is going to lose this debate. He’s had some policies, but they aren’t what you’ve suggested – DADT, what does that have to do with Foreign Policy? Mr. Obama needs to defend the surge in Afganistan and it’s lack of success, not suppoerting our ‘ally’ Mubarak and the turn of events in Egypt, the ‘I can be more flexible after the election’ comment with Russia and the ‘liberation’ of Libya and it’s consequences. Mr. Romney comes in with a distinct advantage because he doesn’t have anything to defend and because Bigger, the Pantsuit, Rice and Power have proven themselves to be incompetent.

    • Taylor Marsh October 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

      Romney could acquit himself well, which I clearly outline is possible.

      Looking forward to this one.

    • Ga6thDem October 22, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      Sorry you are on the wrong track. Do you realize that the majority of Romney’s advisers are Neocon/Bush II? Romney has been spouting the Bush Cheney line for years now. Can he erase it? It remains to be seen. People remember what the GOP has done to the country w/r/t foreign policy and we also know that they will lie about what they are going to do..

      • jjamele October 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

        Who was Obama’s first Defense Secretary again?

        What’s going on with GITMO these days?

        How many people who oversaw torture in the last regime have been brought to trial?

        When did Obama veto the extension of the Patriot Act?

        When did Obama pledge to stop using drones to murder innocent Afghans?

        • JimK October 22, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

          Robert Gates is a neoco?

        • October 23, 2012 at 9:49 am #

          touche, Jamele! :)

    • angels81 October 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

      Well PWT, Obama didn’t have to defend anything because Romney came out and agreed with Obamas policies. Romney showed tonight that he doesn’t have a clue when it comes to being commander in chief.

  2. mjsmith October 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Foreign Policy is tough. Obama has the decked stacked against him on this one. EVERY President has screwed up big time when it comes to foreign policy.

    • mjsmith October 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

      *I mean every President made serious mistakes when it comes to this issue in the past 100 years.

      • Taylor Marsh October 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

        I think Obama has MANY avenues on which he can lay it down what he’s done that’s positive, but Romney’s big problem is Obama’s weakness is on the LEFT, not from the right.

  3. Sandmann October 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”

    ~ Stephen Hawking

    The Romney path to victory.

  4. giantslor October 23, 2012 at 12:21 am #

    Man, you nailed this one, Taylor. Romney said “peace” a lot tonight and was trying to seem more to the left than Obama on a lot of issues. I don’t think people will buy it.

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