Both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney needed to have a strong showing in Monday night’s third debate, the final major event before Election Day in an increasingly tight election. The debate at Lynn University, in Boca Raton, Fla., focuses on foreign policy, including Afghanistan, Israel, Iran, terrorism and the rise of China.
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The candidates were asked what they will do to keep jobs in America, so they are not shifted overseas. An important issue, Romney said, since more than half a million jobs have been lost. “I will makse sure it is more attractive to keep jobs in America,” Romney said. That is key to bringing back … Continue Reading →
An audience member told President Obama they voted for him in 2008. What did the presdient do during the past four years years to earn another vote? Obama said he promised to cut taxes for middle class families and small families and he did. He said he would end the war in Iraq, go after al Qaida and Osama … Continue Reading →
Candidates were asked how they would address the long-standing economic parity issue of women earning less than men in the workplace. Obama said the issue was fixed and pointed to the passage of legislation inspired by Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which expands the time when a pay discrimination lawsuit can be filed. The president said women … Continue Reading →
Obama and Romney sparred over why gas prices are up so much higher now than when the president took office. Romney noted gas was less than $2 a gallon four years ago when Obama took office. Today, it is more than $4 a gallon. He attribued that to Obama’s energy policy “not working” and promised … Continue Reading →
The candidates were asked how would they address unployment for people who have been unemployed for six months or more. Romeny agreed that many people have been out of a job for a long, long time. “The president’s policies have been exercised over the last four years and they haven’t put Americans back to work,” … Continue Reading →
President Obama said that Mitt Romney wanted to let Detroit go bankrupt, and not save the auto industry. Romney countered that Obama did in fact let General Motors and Chrysler go bankrupt. “That is precisely what I recommended,” Romney said. But Obama said that is not the whole truth and Romney wanted to let the automakers go … Continue Reading →
Romney wins coin toss, and goes first. He was asked by a student if he will get employment upon graduation from college. Romney said he has met with students who can’t find jobs. “We have to make sure we make it easier for kids to afford college and when they getout of college, they have … Continue Reading →
Tonight President Barack Obama need to demonstrate presidential leadership, explain his unfinished business, dismantle Romney’s arguments, said Edward Hinck, director of forensics at Central Michigan University. “This will be problematic for Obama since this debate features a town hall format and he will speaking to citizens more than directly to Romney which was encouraged in … Continue Reading →
President Barack Obama gets his second chance tonight to convince undecided voters to vote for him after a lackluster performance two weeks ago with Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The two are debating at Hofstra University in a town hall meeting-style debate. “Obama needs to convey a greater sense of urgency and dedication to address the … Continue Reading →