The last debate between President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney may not have provided a clear winner but provided insight into both contenders’ views on foreign policy.
Covering a variety of topics from foreign policy and domestic policies to woman’s rights and the economy, the debate provided a forum for each candidate to vie for the public’s vote one last time before the election.
Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause Wisconsin, said in terms of a victor in this election, it depends on one’s perspective.
Heck added Obama seemed more on the offensive in this debate than Romney, providing an advantageous edge.
He said neither candidate demonstrated clear superiority in their foreign policies.
“Obama seemed to have more of an understanding of what is going on in in terms of foreign policy, but that is to be expected because he is the current president,” Heck said.
Professor David Canon, University of Wisconsin political science professor, agreed Obama came off as more aggressive in this debate than Romney.
Canon said he did not notice a difference in terms of foreign policy, which he felt was a bonus for Obama.
“The president was able to score points by saying that Romney had changed his views,” Canon said.
Jeff Snow, chairman of the College Republicans, said that Romney came out the clear victor in this debate.
Snow said Romney really showed in this debate that he could be the Commander-in-Chief.
“Romney presented strong plans and pointed out the clear failures of the Obama administration in regards to policies towards the Middle East, and he really showed the direction he wants to take our country,” Snow said.
Snow added that he felt the first debate was the most influential for Romney, but that in this debate Romney came in a cool, tempered way that was “definitely presidential.”
Joe Zepecki, spokesperson for the Wisconsin’s Obama for America, said the president was unquestionably the only Commander-in-Chief on the stage last night.
Zepecki said that Obama clearly presented his policies that have protected Americans, while Romney was “all over the map” and seemed more undecided.
Zepecki said although all of the debates covered important issues, this debate is significant in that it will be what keeps the Obama campaign’s momentum going up until the election date.
Zepecki said Obama separates himself as the number one candidate in terms of women’s rights as well.
“While both candidates are after women’s votes, Obama is the biggest champion of women’s rights in the workforce. His first bill signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and he promotes keeping women’s personal healthcare decisions out of government control,” Zepecki said.
Zepecki added Romney has an “abysmal” record of hiring women.
Heck said Obama’s best point in the debate was when he pointed out to Romney that not cutting the budget is not the only way to keep the military effective.
Heck agreed fewer battleships do not mean a weaker military.
He also reiterated both candidates represented their positions well despite their tangential debating.
“The candidates will say what they want to say versus answering the actual question,” Heck said. “That always happens. But there is a real choice here. It’s all up to the American people.”