Publicado el 10-23-2012
The Last Debate of the
Without Latin America
This Monday night the last debate between presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney took place at Lynn University, in Boca Raton, Florida. The debate was dedicated to foreign policy and was moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS news, who prepared the questions.
All in all, it can be said that nothing new or extraordinary was said by the candidates. The questions were organized in fifteen-minute segments and, unfortunately, none of them included relations with the other countries of this Hemisphere; Canada, México, Central and South America simply were not included. It was as if they did not exist, except for a brief mention made by Romney referring to the opportunities to increase trade with our neighbors south of the border.
Although it’s being said that President Obama ended up “winning” the debate, it served for Mitt Romney to present himself as a strong candidate, with mastery over the issues and clarity in explaining his position.
On the recurring issue of Iran and the possibility that it might get nuclear weapons, both candidates agreed that this should be prevented using all diplomatic measures to avoid a new war. As to Israel, President Obama clearly stated that the United States would respond to any attack against its ally in the Near East.
Certainly this debate on Monday did not change the mind of those voters who have already decided whom they will vote for on November 6th, but possibly it will help those who are still undecided. The United States is in a serious financial distress, with a high unemployment rate, with a national debt of sixteen trillions and facing a “jihad” declared by Muslim terrorists, which is not the same as being at war with another nation.
Those who have not yet voted should study both candidates’ programs and, before casting their vote, ask themselves if their lives are better today than they were four years ago. When voting, they must do so thinking which of the two candidates will be the best for the future of this great nation.
Moreover, we must insist in saying that it was a mistake, an unfortunate deficiency in this debate, not mentioning the existence of Latin America.