Dick Morris: Romney won (making it 3-0 in the debates)
CBS Focus Group of undecided voters: Romney won
Britt Hume adds his assessment: Romney was “smooth, fluid, and well-informed.”
Charles Krauthammer: Romney won unequivocally.
George Will: Debate shows us the reversal between parties.
http://m.weeklystandard.com/blogs/romney-passed-test_657193.html Check out Fred Barnes analysis of the debate. I believe it captures the core of not only Romney’s strategy, but demonstrates how desperate Obama has become.
Obama's story on Lybia continues to unravel. Here's a key part of the grilling:
I would like to have another hearing where we can ask Ambassador Rice under oath who told you what, when. If you’re going to blame the intelligence community, you come before this committee and you tell us who told you it was a video! Who in the intelligence community said it? Who in the diplomatic community blamed this on a video?
Mr. Chairman, the American people are reasonable. People understand investigations take time. People don’t expect you to speculate until you have all the facts. What they will not forgive, Mr. Chairman, is being misled. We want our questions answered and I want them answered by the people that went before the American people and sought to mislead them by blaming this on a video when there is no evidence, concrete or otherwise, to support the assertions made by this administration.
Krauthammer: Obama Is Uncomfortable With The Presence, Rightness And Justice Of American Preeminence
See video of speech here:
Weekly Standard previews Governor Romney’s foreign policy speech set to be released Monday, October 8, 2012. Here is a highlight:
I know the President hopes for a safer, freer, and a more prosperous Middle East allied with the United States. I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy. We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds, when our defense spending is being arbitrarily and deeply cut, when we have no trade agenda to speak of, and the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but of passivity. …
… It is time to change course in the Middle East. …
I will put the leaders of Iran on notice that the United States and our friends and allies will prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. I will not hesitate to impose new sanctions on Iran, and will tighten the sanctions we currently have. I will restore the permanent presence of aircraft carrier task forces in both the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf the region—and work with Israel to increase our military assistance and coordination. For the sake of peace, we must make clear to Iran through actions—not just words—that their nuclear pursuit will not be tolerated. …
… I will champion free trade and restore it as a critical element of our strategy, both in the Middle East and across the world. The President has not signed one new free trade agreement in the past four years. I will reverse that failure. I will work with nations around the world that are committed to the principles of free enterprise, expanding existing relationships and establishing new ones.
I will support friends across the Middle East who share our values, but need help defending them and their sovereignty against our common enemies.