ValueWalk will be providing live coverage of the Third presidential debate tonight, taking place at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will be debating foreign policy. This will be the final presidential debate. The moderator will be Bob Schieffer The first debate was a Mitt Romney landslide victory. The second debate was a slight Barack Obama victory. With more voters paying attention to Foreign policy, as a result of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, this debate may well decide the election. The polls between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is extremely tight. Many political ‘experts’ now believe that the state of Ohio could be the deciding vote.
Politico notes the format and topics of the debate:
* America’s role in the world
* Our longest war – Afghanistan and Pakistan
* Red Lines – Israel and Iran
* The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism – I
* The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism – II
* The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World
The debate will be held on Monday, October 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. The format calls for six 15-minute time segments, each of which will focus on one of the topics listed above. The moderator will open each segment with a question. Each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Following the candidates’ responses, the moderator will use the balance of the 15-minute segment to facilitate a discussion on the topic. All debates start at 9:00 p.m. EST and run for 90 minutes.
I think the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya will be a big topic tonight. However, I urge everyone to read my article on Egypt. I note I am 100% biased. Mitt Romney has been vague about his foreign policy, however, I believe Barack Obama’s foreign policy has been a complete disaster (besides Burma), and Egypt is the best example. Mohammed Mursi only confirmed my suspicion with the latest report where he said ‘Amen’ as an Egyptian preacher urged ‘Allah, destroy the Jews’
I am voting mostly on foreign policy. The reason is that the issue has been almost neglected by the media, but is crucial in terms of economic issues. One example, the war in Afghanistan (which I know of no one thinks is winnable), is costing us $100 billion a year. The attacks of 9/11 cost of trillions in the end. I think the policy of President Barack Obama in the Middle East and Pakistan and Afghanistan, will cost us even more in the future. I hope to get into the Osama Bin Laden raid before the election. Most Americans will disagree on these points, but I want to mention the repercussions of the raid to kill Osama Bin Laden, which I opposed.
First, I want to point out that this was presented as some Hollywood movie. The truth is far different, as is known to the American public. I hope to also provide some additional exclusive information from my sources there at a later date.
I will list the rest here:
1. The Pakistani Government was almost overthrown (google the Haqqani memo)
2. The mission almost ended in a complete failure as the Helicopter crashed
3. Even the most moderate Pakistanis despise the US. Pakistan has the 6th largest population in the world. Many uninformed people equate Arabs with Muslims…. If you take half the Muslim population of India (from which Pakistan was partitioned), and Pakistan, you have more Muslims, than the entire Arab world.
4. China gained our stealth helicopter technology
I hope real issues are brought up as they have not been discussed. The most embarrassing moment of Barack Obama’s presidency is likely where he asked Iran to return our drone. The middle class is being decimated due to sanctions, but Iran continues its path towards a Nuclear weapon. The handing of Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood on a silver platter (read my article where I discuss that topic in depth), the $90 billion of weapons Barack Obama plans to sell to Saudi Arabia, his unclear policy towards our allies (discussed in our article), and many more issues.
I will be live blogging the debate and offering my two cents if I have time.
The debate begins at 9:00 PM EST and should go until 10:30 PM EST. We will start our coverage at that time. I urge people to read my article on Egypt, and some of our other articles on other countries, including Syria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia etc.
9:02 PM EST: Bob Schieffer begins the debate and notes the rules, no applause besides for the opening, where Barack Obama and Mitt Romney enters. Bob Schieffer states that only he knows the questions. Bob Schieffer states that there are two minutes to answer, and notes the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile crisis.
9:04: The first segment is about the Middle East and terrorism. The first question is about Libya, Mitt Romney goes first.
9:06: Mitt Romney starts off with some light talk and begins talking about the Arab (Wahabi) Spring, which brought much opportunity. Syria now has 30,000 dead, Mali has been taken over in the North by Al Qaeda, The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Iran four years closer to a nuclear weapon. Mitt Romney notes that we cannot ‘kill our way’ out of this mess. We need a comprehensive strategy.
9:08: Barack Obama states that he is making friends around the world (I have no idea which friends he is referring to), he refers to Libya and says he has done everything possible to get rid of Qaddafi, a despot who killed Americans, who now march and say America is our friend. Obama notes success in Iraq and Afghanistan.
9:09: Mitt Romney says that he has a broader friend. He says we should help the Muslim world, the key is economic development. We should give them better education, the rule of law and gender inequality. Mitt Romney says Libya is making some progress (he notes that Egypt has much larger population than Libya, as I did) and Iran is on way to nuclear weapon.
9:13: Barack Obama says that Mitt Romney’s foreign policy is of the 1980s. He mocks Mitt Romney for not having foreign policy experience. He notes that Mitt Romney has contradicted himself on foreign policy, we need strong steady leadership all over the map.
9:14: Mitt Romney notes that Barack Obama is not going to solve things by attacking Mitt Romney. Then responds on several issues such as Iraq and Russia. They start arguing about an agreement in Iraq.
9:15: Barack Obama says we need to be clear to our allies (READ my article on Egypt). Barack Obama will CONTINUE to do is get these countries to protect minorities and women, be allies with Israel, and recognize that we cannot do nation building.
9:17: Bob Schieffer asks about Syria (there is no good solution to the mess in Syria), Bob Schieffer notes the problems in Syria, he asks Obama what