“What if the prime minister of Israel called you on the phone saying ‘our bombers are on the way to Iran’” says the moderator. Romney says that would never happen, and changes the topic to how the world is a very scary place and that voting for him will get rid of everyone’s paranoia about it.
Also he mentions North Korea’s nuclear technology. Lol. Also says that Obama isn’t as nice to Israel as he says he is.
Obama then criticizes Romney for changing his positions all of the time. Then talks about how great it is that Osama Bin Laden is dead. He then talks about how everyone said that it was stupid to try and kill him and he did it anyway. America, fuck yeah, etcetera.
Man, this moderator is asking some good questions. He asks if the Afghani people say that they cannot defend themselves, will the US still walk away. Romney dodges, and choses to talk about Pakistan.
Obama doesn’t really answer the question either. Then talks about some military policy he wants to change, and putting vetterans back to work. When he came into office, veteran unemployment was higher than general unemployment, and now it is lower.
Romney then says that like Obama, he thinks that drones are awesome. This debate is getting really repetitive.
Obama says that he is tough on China and Romney is not, and gives an anecdote on tires.
Romney throws back to the “we built it” stuff. Fun times. Then talks about how on day one he will label China a currency manipulator.
The moderator asks if that will initiate a trade war. Romney says if it will, then bring it on.
Obama goes after Romney for investing in companies that ship jobs overseas. He says he bets on America. He then says the currencies are at their most advantageous point for the US since 1993, and that US exports to China have doubled since he came into office.
Romney said he would do nothing to hurt the US auto industry. Then says that he wanted them to go bankrupt. What?
Obama says he didn’t even say that. He accuses him of airbrushing history.
Romney talks about how he’s met unemployed people.
Alright. Closing statements. I’d say Obama is advantaged at the start of it.
Obama makes a joke about TV commercials, Romney laughs. He says Romney wants to move to the policies that created the economic crisis and wants to rig the game against the poor. He says that nation building at home is more important than nation building abroad. Then he says that America is great, and plays up the incumbency advantages.
Romney says he is excited about the prospects of the US, and wants to see growing peace in the US. He wants to make the world a safer place. Geez, he almost sounded like he was going to start crying for a second there. He says he can create 12 million new jobs, then says that the US needs stronger leadership than Obama is giving it.
I think Obama won? This is hard to call.