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The third presidential debate is now history.  I have to admit the three presidential debates were actually decent debates – a bit more energetic, a chance for some good back and forth discussions, and finally a chance for Mitt Romney to illustrate the differences between him and Obama.  The third debate was focused on foreign policy, and you would expect the President to have the upper hand here.  First of all, he has 4 more years of on the job experience dealing with world issues, as well as privileged information from many security briefings.  Out of all three debates, I saw this one as the most favorable for an Obama win.  Obama improved from debate one to debate two (which was something he could have done by just waking up), and he did seem more energetic in the third. But – he still did not deliver anything close to a knock out – nor did he win.

It appeared in this final debate, up 2 to 0, Romney decided to be a bit calmer, play prevent defense and protect the lead.  He pushed back on a few issues, but for the most part wasn’t as aggressive as in the first two.  He also came across more presidential – which in turn made Obama seem more like the challenger.  Obama again kept trying to explain what Romney’s positions are by misrepresenting specifics.  I found this quite annoying as he would spend more time on that then explaining his own policy?  I must say, that overall, Obama did hold his own in this debate, but I still would give the win to Romney – a close call, but a win none the less.

The spin rooms and fact checkers lit up cyberspace with tons of information – and this was something I found to be the most intriguing about the debates.  Go back to Round 2 – right after the comment around “act of terror” the day after Benghazi in the Rose Garden speech – I’d say it wasn’t more than 45 secs or so after that comment a tweet hit the airwaves linking the full transcript – Romney was correct.  Similarly in round three – Romney did indicate he supported government guarantees on loans for GM as they emerged from bankruptcy (had Obama not bailed them out), Obama vehemently denied that Romney would support this.  The op-ed piece was pushed to the airwaves in minutes – Romney correct again.  Obama’s “facts” were full of holes.  I don’t understand why a good portion of Americans do not take a moment to look through the lies, the misinformation that is being thrown about by the Democratic party machine that is desperate to stay in power.  Misinforming the country about Mitt’s position is disdainful, but look at the pattern within this administration – misinformation on Benghazi is reprehensible.  Based on everything I’ve read, it seems to be very clear the attack in Benghazi was pre-planned and carried out by skillful militia with knowledge in setting mortar trajectories.  This attack was certainly not spontaneous, not a riot due to a YouTube video (that had been posted 6 months prior).  It wasn’t a carry over from the Cairo protests – which also weren’t about the film but about releasing prisoners.  The truths are being redirected by this Administration in an attempt to spin the events into a new story line most favorable to Obama.  It’s time to STOP this madness.

I’m hoping change will come on Nov 6 which will bring back truth and integrity to the American people – and to the world.

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Biden-Ryan debate – ok, if you want to call it that.  I did not enjoy this one as much as the Obama-Romney debate, at all.  Biden was very disrespectful in his demeanor through the fist half of the debate.  The laughing, interruptions and other gesticulations were not that of a Vice President, but of a calculating politician trying to distract and divert the viewers for focusing on what Ryan was saying.  I do feel Biden had some moments were he seemed more in control, more in command with his convictions in his answers, but for the most part he was simply put – rude.  In a debate, you orate on the topics by describing your philosophy, your approach, your stance, etc.  You then allow the other debater to do the same.  Each presents his point of view, presenting facts to support those views.  By calling someones views malarkey, stuff, or laugh it off is childish and quite disrespectful.  It also creates an air of hostility and confrontation which prevents good intentioned people to listen to find common ground.  Simply look at this administrations methods of dealing with concepts they may not agree with (as illustrated clearly at this debate) and you wonder why we have gridlock in congress?

A couple of points in this debate I’d like to hit on:

Biden indicated he did not know of any requests for security for our consulate in Benghazi – I think the phrase was “we weren’t told”.  I do not know which “we” he is referring to,  my assumption is the “we” was him and Obama?  From testimony in congress earlier this week, and has been reported in previous weeks, there was definitely requests for additional security that apparently were denied – not once, but multiple times.  So, the requested may have been handled below POTUS, and therefore, Biden’s statement may technically be correct, however, since he is in a position of leadership and responsible for the safety of Americans abroad, then this is a clear example of incompetent leadership.  ON this same subject, Biden threw the Intelligence Community under the bus as well.  Seems like with this administration, there are always others to blame when things go wrong – Where is the leadership this country deserves, where is the backbone to stand up and take responsibility – not just for things that go right – but for those things that went wrong?  A leader does not throw his team under the bus!

Another irritating point in this debate is the preponderance of misinformation and the use of supposed facts that are complete distortions.  The 5 trillion tax cut, the voucher program, the $6000 increase  for seniors due to the Romney plan.  Just because Obama and Biden continue to spout these numbers every time they speak, does not make them facts, or endearing truths – they are what they are – complete and utter distortions of the facts.

Finally – the 2014 timeline for Afghanistan.  Yes, we’ve been there too long, and we need to bring an end to our involvement.  But to lay down an ultimatum as Biden did in public, in front of the enemy (sure this kind of information gets to them) is just plain irresponsible.  I would agree we want the Afghans to provide for their own security.  I also agree a timeline to leave provides incentive for them to pick up their responsibilities.  However, we need to be mindful, assessing the situation at frequent intervals to determine when and how we extract ourselves from the theater.  We privately drive deadlines to the Afghan leaders, we push them to be ready.  BUT, we don’t tell the world we are leaving “period” in 2014 – even if the situation would prescribe otherwise??  We leave at the wrong time and we lose everything we fought for over the past 12 years and reset this region to become a safe haven for future Al-Qaeda and Taliban recruits.  Biden basically is saying – we’re out, even if your really not ready, even if the Taliban is simply waiting us out, even if we lose everything we’ve gained. Irresponsible.

I give the win to Ryan, who was polite and patient.  He seemed a bit weak at times and sometimes frustrated with Biden’s interruptions   but he kept his cool.  Biden did have moments, but erased his successes with his disrespect.  I’m looking forward to next Tuesday as the setting changes once again – Can Romney pull off another decisive win?

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