Libya, Iran likely to be main points of contention in final debate
October 21st, 2012
06:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Libya, Iran likely to be main points of contention in final debate

(CNN) - While foreign policy became an unexpected pivotal point in last week's town-hall style presidential debate, Monday's final showdown will focus entirely on international affairs.

And with the U.S. government knee-deep in an investigation of its handling of the Benghazi consulate attacks and as reports emerge of planned negotiations with Iranian leaders, the topic could provide a pivot point in the tight race for the White House.


Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Benghazi may be a talking point due to the death of 4 American heroes, but the attack wasn't on American soil as in 9-11 because they can't get to us. There are always attacks on our soldiers in the Middle East and we can thank them for all that they do to keep us safe from these cowards attacking us again on American soil. And thank you Mr. President for all that you do to keep us safe and most Americans appreciate that more than you hear about.

    October 21, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney and the GOP think that just because of the misfortune of what happen in Benghazi the American people are just going to hand over the rein of power to him, WRONG. The only reins Romney will be holding is Ann's horses reins.

    October 21, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. honest mari

    Before Republicans and those who lean Republican such as the one present At Don Lemon's CNN Newsroom today that this administration did not explain Libya from the beginning, let those of who were alert and watching events unfold simultaneously remind them of what Mrs Rice and others said even at the Fox news appearances, they said as of that moment the information they had was this, and promised to inform the American people as the events unfold. Remember there were two events occurring simultaneously-the so called tape that angered Arabians and Libya itself. It was obvious that Romney as usual was more interested in playing politics rather than care for lives in harm's way.

    October 21, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Maybe, but the proposed financial aid package to Egypt ought to get a strong mention as well. It is an outrageous amount of money.

    October 21, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. Dan5404

    Romney talks tough and wants to spend more trillions that we don't have on weapons the army doesn't want. When cornered, however, you learn that he has no real plans to do any more than is already being done by Obama. Just a high school kid talking tough to impress his friends. Until you have exoerienced the pressure and difficulty of making military decisions, you really don't know what you're talking about.

    October 21, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. Sarah Pigeon

    There are times to ask questions and times to shut up. On matters of national security like Benghazi, it's time to shut up. The only people responsible for those American deaths are the people who attacked them, not anyone in our government, not a democrat or a republican. It goes beyond party lines which is hard for me to even say because I'm a devout liberal. However any bickering caused in the presidential election over this allows those murders to influence our election. The press has gone way over the line with this 'people have a right to know and know now' attitude. So have the Republicans, and it risks additional lives in Libya as we speak. Patience is a virtue that is learned, and allows all the facts of an investigation to be discovered. If everything was for public consumption, why do they seal files as classified for decades after a sitting president is out of office?

    October 21, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. Dee

    Its all political the families have spoken and said to wait for the investigation to be completed but Romney and the GOP are playing a gotcha game with the death of our men. I hope the President once again put them in their place Romney has surrounded himself with Bush people we all know how that went. He also wants to go to war for his friend in Israel this will be a pivotal moment for the President. They have no idea that technolgy is the key to wars and saving the llive of our men and women in the 21st century this is why he is using drones.

    October 21, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    Remember how right-wingers always praise Bush for "keeping us safe"? Well, the worst terrorist attack on US soil happened on Bush's watch, so clearly President Obama is infinitely better at keeping us safe, a fact that right-wingers will challenge, even though it uses their own measurement.

    October 22, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  9. Wilbur

    I just hope the American people understand the repubs. are just playing politics with our Presidents foreign policies. It's taken them 3 1/2 years to jump on the opportunity to says he weak they can do better. Our President has been tough around the world and kept us safe. Point blank-PERIOD!

    October 22, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  10. Chaim

    I still,think that there is alot to speek about israel as well and that will romney probley beat obama by a good 10%

    October 22, 2012 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  11. Marry

    There is nothing to bring up on “Libya”! A very sad terrorist attack that was smirked at by Romney making his comments before facts where know just to attack the President! And that after the GOP Congress wanted to cut funds for American embassies! Iran – well, they do have internal conflicts – negotiations will in the end be successful for the Iranian people and the world! The Iranian leadership might be a nuisance, but they are not stupid! Here again, Romney cannot wait – even if it would mean death and loss, this time to millions in the entire Middle East including Israel! "Personhood – prolife GOP" – my foot!

    However, if Romney wants to go that way – I hope the President has a list ready on the foreign policy failures and outright lies that cost hundred-thousands of lives including our military finest (and lots of money!) under the last GOP administration that the GOP has not even denounced to this day! And, as Romney is listing our fighting/ returning/ dead solders now among the 47% he does not feel responsible for! GOP – Mission accomplished? A very sad page in American history books!

    Please, do yourself and us a favor – go out and vote strait “D” this time!

    October 22, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  12. Debra White

    The Republicans are like little children who when things don't go their way they start making false accusations in order to gain preferential treatment. Such as in the case of Candy Crowley. Mitt is whining about Romnesia have they forgotten Obamacare? They can give it but can't take it. Unbelievable!

    October 22, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |