Third Obama-Romney 2012 Presidential debate (in Boca Raton, Florida)
|OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)|
|Budget & Economy|
Barack Obama: We neglect nation-building here when we nation-build abroad.
Barack Obama: After 10 years of war, it's time for nation-building at home.
Jill Stein: We're again bailing out Wall Street with quantitative easing.
Mitt Romney: We have a choice of two paths: Obama or prosperity.
Barack Obama: If we had let GM go bankrupt, we'd be buying Chinese cars.
Mitt Romney: I wanted to help the auto industry, not liquidate it.
Barack Obama: We reformed schools in 46 states, with their governors.
Mitt Romney: Teachers unions need to go behind parents & kids.
Mitt Romney: MA schools were #1 in the nation while I was governor.
|Energy & Oil|
Jill Stein: Fight against climate change instead of fighting for oil.
Barack Obama: Libyans marching FOR America means we've been successful.
Barack Obama: Make sure both allies and enemies know where we stand.
Barack Obama: I stand by "time for Mubarak to go" in Egyptian Revolution.
Barack Obama: Every fact-checker concurs: I didn't apologize to Iran.
Barack Obama: Pivot to East Asia; America is a Pacific power.
Gary Johnson: It is far past time to divorce Pakistan.
Jill Stein: End Israeli apartheid occupations and illegal settlements.
Mitt Romney: With Arab Spring came hope; but we got disturbing events.
Mitt Romney: Russia is a geopolitical foe.
Mitt Romney: Indict Ahmadinejad for inciting genocide.
Mitt Romney: America hasn't dictated; we free nations from dictators.
Mitt Romney: I don't see our influence growing abroad; it is receding.
Mitt Romney: Condition aid to Pakistan on our benchmarks.
Rocky Anderson: Build relationships instead of imperialist foreign policy.
Barack Obama: China is an adversary but also a potential partner.
Gary Johnson: Hypocritical for US to attack China as currency manipulator.
Mitt Romney: Huge opportunity in Latin America; focus there, not China.
Mitt Romney: China wants a stable world too; we can partner with them.
Mitt Romney: China is winning in the trade war right now.
Jill Stein: Health insurance wastes 30%; Medicare only wastes only 3%.
Rocky Anderson: Congress caved in to the for-profit insurance industry.
Barack Obama: Don't give military money that they're not asking for.
Barack Obama: We have brought 9-11 planners to justice.
Gary Johnson: Drones may create more adversaries than they eliminate.
Jill Stein: Eliminate nuclear weapons in Middle East & whole world.
Jill Stein: Switch from bloated military to spending at home.
Mitt Romney: My strategy is: kill the bad guys, but also reject extremism.
Mitt Romney: We want a peaceful planet; but we need strength to do that.
Mitt Romney: Navy needs 313 ships; cutting to 200 is unacceptable.
Mitt Romney: Maintain capability to fight two wars at once.
Mitt Romney: Use of drones OK; but we need more than killing bad guys.
Mitt Romney: If I'm president, America will be VERY strong.
Rocky Anderson: Reduce our own nuclear weapons before we call on others to.
Rocky Anderson: Unneeded military programs to bring home bacon: It's treason.
|Principles & Values|
Barack Obama: I want to build on our strengths; invest in America.
Mitt Romney: I know how to work across the aisle; did it in Massachusetts.
Barack Obama: Tax cuts won't help us compete with China; invest instead.
Rocky Anderson: Big tax cuts just cause more record deficits.
Barack Obama: World leadership via cutting-edge technology & workers.
Barack Obama: Military needs to think about space and cybersecurity.
|War & Peace|
Barack Obama: We organized world community to agree that Assad has to go.
Barack Obama: I will stand with Israel if they are attacked.
Barack Obama: Key to Iranian sanctions was world's involvement.
Barack Obama: Supported "Iron Dome" defense shield for Israel.
Barack Obama: We had forgotten why we went into Afghanistan.
Jill Stein: Blowback across Middle East due to our immoral war policy.
Jill Stein: Stop the flow of arms to Syria on both sides.
Mitt Romney: We can't kill our way out of the mess in the Islamic world.
Mitt Romney: Coordinated investment in Middle East to shift from jihad.
Mitt Romney: Syria is humanitarian disaster; arm the rebels.
Mitt Romney: No military involvement in Syria; work with our allies.
Mitt Romney: US should have supported 2009 Green Revolution in Iran.
Mitt Romney: Dissuade Iran from nukes by peaceful means, like sanctions.
Mitt Romney: Paksitani Pashtuns will rush to Afghan Taliban when we leave.
Rocky Anderson: We're a bully in the Mideast; no wonder they don't like us.
Rocky Anderson: Work with Russia on peaceful resolution in Syria.
Rocky Anderson: Crippling sanctions hurt the people of Iran who sympathize.
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Source: Commission on Presidential Debates
First presidential candidates' debate between President Barack Obama, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney (Completed)
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Topic: Domestic policy
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 3
Time: 9 - 10:30 p.m. EDT
Location: University of Denver, Denver, Colo.
Moderator: Jim Lehrer, executive editor of PBS's "NewsHour"
Format: "The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate," according to the Commission on Presidential Debates. "The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic."
Vice presidential candidates' debate between Vice President Joe Biden, Wis. Rep. Paul Ryan
Topic: Foreign and domestic topics
Date: Thursday, Oct. 11
Time: 9 - 10:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Centre College, Danville, Ky.
Moderator: Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent, ABC News
Format: "The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question."
Second presidential candidates' debate between Obama, Romney
Topic: Foreign and domestic issues
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16
Time: 9 - 10:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.
Moderator: Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent, CNN, and anchor, CNN's "State of the Union"
Format: "The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization."
Third presidential candidates' debate between Obama, Romney
Topic: Foreign policy
Date: Monday, Oct. 22
Time: 9 - 10:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla.
Moderator: Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent, CBS News, and moderator, "Face the Nation"
Format: "The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy."
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