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Politico: Mitt Romney’s toughest debate
politico ^ | 10/20/12 | Jim Vandelhei & Mike Allen

Posted on 10/21/2012 7:26:42 PM PDT by cdchik123

Mitt Romney has a clear-eyed and self-aware view of his chances in the final debate Monday, according to top advisers: It will be almost impossible to win, since the debate is focused exclusively on foreign policy, a strength for President Barack Obama.

This view isn’t merely about expectations-setting. Romney’s top advisers authentically worry that the swing voters they need to woo care little about foreign affairs right now. And, even if they did, the differences between the two men on many of the highest-profile issues — ending the Afghan war and the bloodshed in Syria — are too slight to draw sharp distinctions.

Even if Romney does bring his A game, Obama joked last week about his debate strategy for winning the showdown in Florida: “Spoiler alert: We got bin Laden.” It’s not a joke that he said it, or that he uses that conquest to maximum political advantage in debates and speeches to show strength and achievement.

The Romney campaign sees this debate – to be moderated by Bob Schieffer on Monday night in Boca Raton, Fla. — as the last chance to move the needle in any significant way in the swing states that will decide the election. Aides head into it more confident about winning the race than they did before the first presidential debate, but believing Obama is slightly better positioned in the states that will dictate the outcome. The hope inside the campaign is that Romney will emerge in no worse position, advisers said.

“The debates have not so much fundamentally changed the race as they have returned it to where it was before the Democratic convention,” said Vin Weber, the Romney campaign’s special adviser on policy.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: debate; lol

1 posted on 10/21/2012 7:26:50 PM PDT by cdchik123
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To: cdchik123

Yeah, Obama really is STRONG in foreign policy. </sarc>


2 posted on 10/21/2012 7:28:23 PM PDT by kimchi lover (Obyebye 2012)
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To: cdchik123
...since the debate is focused exclusively on foreign policy, a strength for President Barack Obama.

Comedy gold. This writer should be working for Letterman - he needs the help. :)

3 posted on 10/21/2012 7:29:59 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: cdchik123
Romney can win just by performing better than expected.

When ojackass claimes he got Bin Laden, Romney ought to point out the seals go him, obummer just happened to be sitting in the chair when it happened.

4 posted on 10/21/2012 7:30:16 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: cdchik123

ROFL Zero? Foreign Policy strength? Bowing to foreign dignitaries, Apologizing for the first amendment. Setting the world on fire? embarrassing our friends. Toasting the Queen hahaha. Zero is a laughing stock around the globe. Promising Medvevev he can help Russia after the elections. Hating BiBi. the list would take all night. lol


5 posted on 10/21/2012 7:31:31 PM PDT by Snuph ("give me Liberty...")
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To: Mr. Jeeves
"...since the debate is focused exclusively on foreign policy, a strength for President Barack Obama. "

Comedy gold. This writer should be working for Letterman - he needs the help. :)


Maybe that should be on the Top Ten List of Lies about Obama.
6 posted on 10/21/2012 7:32:52 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (Fred Thompson said Obama is treating terrorists "as if they robbed a liquor store.")
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To: cdchik123

Why does it always take TWO liberals to write an article? Even with two people, they still always come across as sounding retarded. Foreign policy is Soetoro’s strength? ROTFL! He bows down to every foreigner he see for Pete’s sake! That’s a hell of a long way from, “Walk softly but carry a big stick”.


7 posted on 10/21/2012 7:34:26 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Get the transcript Candy! - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: cdchik123

Yeah, I was unable to read past that one-liner joke.

What planet do these guys live on?


8 posted on 10/21/2012 7:36:21 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: cdchik123
the debate is focused exclusively on foreign policy, a strength for President Barack Obama.

I may give the edge to Obama over an imbecile. ...Naah.

9 posted on 10/21/2012 7:39:11 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Cicero
What planet do these guys live on?

Planet Politico who are cast offs from planet Spewsweek.

10 posted on 10/21/2012 7:41:17 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Cicero

Anyone who thinks that Politico is in any way objective or unbiased, needs a brain-scan immediately.

These people rank among the absolute worst of Obama’s media shills.


11 posted on 10/21/2012 7:42:53 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: cdchik123

It is almost impossible for Romney TO LOSE. How deluded can you get to believe The Disaster has strength in foreign affairs? He would have been finished off last debate but for Crowley who allowed him to slither off the hook and lie for another week.

But the jig is up in any case.


12 posted on 10/21/2012 7:44:10 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: pfflier
Obama got Bin Ladin like Nixon got the moon. (I stole that from somebody)
13 posted on 10/21/2012 7:47:33 PM PDT by outofstyle (Down All the Days)
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To: Cicero

Uranus


14 posted on 10/21/2012 7:47:47 PM PDT by funfan
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To: arrogantsob
He would have been finished off last debate but for Crowley who allowed him to slither off the hook and lie for another week.

Romney should just pick it up right there and finish his statement. Candybar won't be there to stop him.

Let incontinent Bob just sit there with his tongue in his mouth...dumbfounded.

15 posted on 10/21/2012 7:48:06 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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To: cdchik123
What a steaming pile. These are the same pair of chuckleheads that confidently proclaimed Romney's defeat a month ago.

Politico is and has always been a mouthpiece for Axlerod and his ilk - nothing more.

16 posted on 10/21/2012 7:49:25 PM PDT by TonyInOhio ("But, the Obama has no clothes!")
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To: cdchik123
Is Bob Schieffer going to provide Obama with the questions in advance?

Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.” - Paulo Coelho


17 posted on 10/21/2012 7:49:38 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: cdchik123

He got bin Laden. Now go and get al-Qaeda.


18 posted on 10/21/2012 7:51:25 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: cdchik123

Are you sure this wasn’t from The Onion????


19 posted on 10/21/2012 7:57:25 PM PDT by Momto2 (I am praying for Israel...)
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To: cdchik123

By Jim Vandelhei & Mike Allen...... stopped reading right there.


20 posted on 10/21/2012 8:03:07 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Snuph

” - - - this debate – to be moderated by Bob Schieffer on Monday night in Boca Raton, Fla. - - - “

But will Moderator Schieffer “Crowley” the debate?


21 posted on 10/21/2012 8:05:03 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Graewoulf

Schieffer is a Texas liberal. Once that meant good sense. But I saw him this morning and he is clearly addled on the subject of Obama.


22 posted on 10/21/2012 8:13:55 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Whose flags are flying all over the Middle East. Name a country. Tunisia, Libya,Egypt, Syria, Soon in Iraq and of course in Afghanistan. What a fop we have as president.


23 posted on 10/21/2012 8:16:45 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: cdchik123

Couldn’t get past the first sentence.

I think it’s the most outrageous thing I’ve ever read about this man. Man/boy.

Mitt has been preparing to deal with this for a solid week and a half with time off to shake hands and to eat and sleep.

Mitt earned a business and a law degree simultaneously from that awful Harvard. Obama was doing what while at Harvard on his Manchurian candidate scholarship?

Mitt can study and has done so in his work since college.

He now knows he is dealing with a rather pathological liar who has the media on his side.

He’ll wrap him up in cellophant.


24 posted on 10/21/2012 8:17:26 PM PDT by stanne
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To: FlingWingFlyer

See, now. That made me laugh.


25 posted on 10/21/2012 8:18:51 PM PDT by stanne
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To: cdchik123

2007

“In one week he went from saying he’s going to sit down, you know, for tea, with our enemies, but then he’s going to bomb our allies,” said Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. “I mean he’s gone from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove in one week.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/06/us/politics/06debate.html?fta=y


26 posted on 10/21/2012 8:25:21 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Your sentiments and opinion are spot ON; but the statement is: SPEAK softly, and carry a big stick.”


27 posted on 10/21/2012 8:25:56 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: RobbyS

Yeah, I know. US Sen (Ga) Sam Nunn was a Southern Democrat, who was more Conservative than the RINOs of today. A lot of other Southern Democrats stayed as Conservatives as “both” political parties made the hard left turn onto the Socialist Track.

Schieffer’s generation of newsmen learned from the pre-hippy professors, but also shifted Left with “both” political parties.

Today’s generation call themselves “journalists” because they “journal” the events as THEY think we should understand it.

The “Candy for Obama Debate” generated a new verb: To “Cowley” a debate is to repeat a lie from one of the participants in the debate.

Candy pulled it off so smoothly, that her former hippy Journalism Professors must have shouted for joy!


28 posted on 10/21/2012 8:37:25 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: stanne

I, too, stopped reading after the first sentence.

That first sentence was the biggest load of crap I’ve seen since I heard Obama pontificate on Long Island last week along with his beard Candy Cruller.


29 posted on 10/21/2012 8:43:53 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Trying does not guarantee certain success, but NOT trying guarantees certain failure.)
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To: cdchik123

Strong on foreign policy my rear quarter. Libya? Iran? Playing limp wristed weakling to Russia’s Putin? yeah, he called the hit on UBL, but any sitting POTUS with a pulse could make that call. Christ, are liberals this damn dumb?


30 posted on 10/21/2012 8:55:37 PM PDT by BluegrassCardinal
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To: BluegrassCardinal

Politico = SNL (LOL).

Yea, Obama’s strength is foreign policy. That’s why he picked crazy Joe as his running mate. Seriously, name my any real and significant FP achievements of Obama? Got Bin Laden. Thank you Obama for making that decision (maybe). But without all the enhanced intelligence and the War in Iraq (which you vehemently opposed), we would never have found him.

The middle east policy is literally in flames. Iran is becoming our most serious threat on the planet. China now has us as a currency hostage. He can’t even protect our amdbassador because he’s afraid to offend anyone in the ME.

Not saying Romney has the experience, but he has as much or more than when Obama took office. And Romney is much smarter and stronger than Obama. He will hire FP experts, not appeasors.

Romney doesn’t need to get into the “timeline weeds” with Obama on Monday. Be Strong. Keep it high level and forward looking.


31 posted on 10/21/2012 9:10:25 PM PDT by gswilder
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To: cdchik123
Oh yeah, Obama Ok’d the mission - planned by our military. The seals killed Bin Laden, and Obama was so busy bragging he forgot to order any missions to finish off the rest of the terrorists.

Now the Middle East goes up in flames, terrorists kill our Ambassador, and formerly moderate Egypt is now ruled by the radical Muslim Brotherhood.

How many failures can we list for Obama? I start with these:

1. Ambassador killed for the first time in ________ years.

2. Former allies in Middle East betrayed and replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood.

3. Illegal bombings resulting in total chaos and heavy duty guns/ammunition/RPG etc in the hands of terrorists.

Note: I consider the weak economy as a National Security issue. We can't even afford to defend ourselves with out borrowing money from China unless we default on Medicare and Social Security.

In spite of that, Obama loaded up even more people to cover so we would have to borrow even more, thereby making a financial collapse more likely and making it more likely to default on Medicare and Soc. Security.

If he really cared about the country, the low income, and the middle class, he would have already made sure that the economy was great and everyone that could work would have a job available. He would have reformed Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid.

The list continues:

4. Credit downgrade from AAA, followed by a 2cnd downgrade this year.

5. 16 Trillion dollars in debt ________% GDP. Lots of it owed to China.

6. GM rescue-after receiving all that money, they filed Bankruptcy anyway, and all the pensions in the USA holding their bonds got the shaft, because Obama made sure that the creditors did not receive what the law entitled them to receive. The company looses money on every Volt sold, which continues to undermine the economy.

EPIC FAILURE: DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN - Regardless of intent, Obama has done a good job of burying us - just like the USSR always claimed they were going to. I bet Putin thinks he's been a great success.

32 posted on 10/21/2012 9:13:12 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

I’m sure he will do that at the most relevant opportunity.


33 posted on 10/21/2012 9:24:40 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: BluegrassCardinal
Christ, are liberals this damn dumb?

In a word, yes.

34 posted on 10/21/2012 9:24:51 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: Graewoulf

To give her the benefit of a doubt, I think she was played by Alexrod. He put that thought into her head in an interview held earlier. She just blurted it out when Obama cued her. See how cooly he does it, even though for the most part is not cool.


35 posted on 10/21/2012 9:25:30 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: cdchik123

Only the Left likes Obama foreign policy.


36 posted on 10/21/2012 9:49:14 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: RobbyS

” - - - To give her the benefit of a doubt, I think she was played - - - “

Not so.

Crowley said it, Crowley owns it.

It was her choice to be manipulated, and hers alone.

Her credentials as a journalist for the Censoring Liberal Agenda Media, (CLAM), are forever secure.


37 posted on 10/22/2012 5:42:12 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Graewoulf

My point is that the Republicans let such people be moderators when they know hoe easily manipulated these people are. Bob Schieffer will be the guy tonight. I caught him yesterday morning. He is a Texas liberal; from my generation. Once upon a time, the guy had common sense, but I can see that now he is just an old fool who has been seduced by a young lover who embodies all his childhood dreams. Sort of like Barry Goldwater was seduced by his trophy wife.


38 posted on 10/22/2012 8:21:57 AM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: arrogantsob
I’m sure he will do that at the most relevant opportunity.

Well, I hope so, but it doesn't look like last night was it.

39 posted on 10/23/2012 4:45:30 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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