With the 2012 presidential election just around the corner, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are meeting in three debates to try to articulate their visions for creating jobs, leading the U.S. toward broad and strong economic growth and enhancing American leadership in a turbulent world. Joe Biden and Paul Ryan meet on Oct. 11 for one highly anticipated vice presidential debate before the Nov. 6 election. Throughout it all, AEI's scholars offer their perspectives on the state of America and the choices that will determine our future.
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Although foreign policy issues were noticeable largely by their absence from the 2012 political debates, global risks and challenges to America have not disappeared. In fact, with Barack Obama now safely past his last encounter with voters, it is entirely predictable that the scope and pace of national security threats to the United States are likely to increase substantially.
In the third and final debate, Barack Obama scored huge points with the media, college kids, and die-hard liberals — in other words, his base — when he mocked Mitt Romney’s concern about our historically small Navy.
If you were expecting Monday night's foreign policy debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to highlight the importance of America's relations with the world's largest democracy, you were in for a rude surprise.
A moment of substance for the few among us that still care: At last night’s national security debate, the president and his challenger both proved that they were indeed men who could be commander-in-chief.
If what you care about is foreign policy and you tuned in tonight, you may have been a tad disappointed by the focus on car tires and teachers and by Barack Obama’s rather robotic insistence on “nation building here at home.”
Most voters dislike Obama's domestic policies and are dissatisfied with the sluggish economy. And now they seem to believe have an alternative with presidential stature.