October 23rd, 2012
04:19 PM ET
10 years ago

Debate's agreement-fest makes it tough for undecideds to choose

Washington (CNN) - For undecided voters still looking for something to move them into the decided column, Monday night's presidential debate shed little light.

Maintaining Israel as an ally? Both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney agree that relationship is vital and sparred over who is that nation's biggest defender.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It isn't surprising that Romney agrees with Obama on foreign policy choices. There are many different actions that Romney could have talked about and got in line with a reasonable policy. Much of the election thinking comes down to money.

    October 23, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Willard RoMoney

    Well it looks like I'm voting for Obama.

    October 23, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |

    Willard looked like "Mr. Me Too" last night. He embraced alot of the President's policies when he previosly stated those policies have failed. That's that Romnesia kicking in.

    October 23, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. zanny

    Ann Coulter praised Romney for agreeing with the "retard"refering to the President of the US. Does anyone wonder where the anger, negativity, disrespect that has taken over this country in the last four years we the voters chose to elect a Democrat who is black to the Presidency? Simply tune into Fox They are the nastiest, most disrespectful, unpleasant group I have ever seen. Ann Coulter and Michelle Malken are vile human beings. They are like snakes that have taken over a television channel. They fester and fester and just keep spiting out venom. I cannot believe that people with any type of intelligence actually watch these people. If the truth doesn't fit into their beliefs, they just twist the words until they do. If President Obama wins, will their heads explode??????

    October 23, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. truth hurts

    Obama has done more t undermine Israel's security than ANY US president. I can almost guarantee they are counting the seconds until Obama vacates the White House.

    October 23, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. It's clear what Romney's plan is now

    Romney, basically wanted to copy everything Obama did, said, does, says, and will do. Romney's problem is that he is no President Obama! More pragmatically, Romney can try to copy President Obama's plan but A BIG PART OF SUCCESSFULLY EXECUTING A PLAN IS "WHO IS LEADING IT." For example, The President mentioned that sanctions have been placed Iran before, but PRESIDENT OBAMA MADE SURE WE HAD GLOBAL SUPPORT FOR THE SANCTIONS ON IRAN. This is UNIQUELY OBAMA and this President is thoughtful about what he plans to do.

    October 23, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Yes, they do agree that Israel is our ally but I think Romney's understanding of ally is different than President Obama's. Israel is an ally which means we are friends and we support them and vice versa but I believe Romney thinks that also means taking our marching orders from Israel because he in the Prime Minister are "friends". No so, we don't take our marching orders from Israel nor does Israel take their orders from us and Romney needs to be very clear about understand that.

    October 23, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain: The GOPs policies are all PROVEN FAILURES

    Which is the typical GOP strategy of not dealing with specifics and issues, but rather try to sway people based on emotions. Anyone with a working brain knows that President Obama is the only choice to move forward, to continue the 31 straight months of private sector job growth, to get out and stay out of Iraq and Afghanistan, to invest in OUR country for OUR future.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 23, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Boo

    If anyone is undecided at this point, I suggest they stay home....it's ridiculous.

    October 23, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    If they couldn't see the clear difference between Obama and Romney, they simply were blinded by party affiliation.

    October 23, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Well it looks like I'm voting for Obama."

    And the machine you do it on is voting for Mittens.

    October 23, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Pete

    Why is Romney debating Pres.Obama last night,he pretty much endorsed him didn't he agreeing on most everything the president said ...Then after the debate his advisors said it was planned that way to show he looks presidencial.What BS he has no back ground in foriegn policy and just recently he was admonished by many a prime minister on his foriegn policy field trip,remember that debacle from London to Palestine he left his signature tag of arrogence as well as ignorence and they all had one thing in common"DON'T COME BACK ROMNEY"..

    October 23, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Marti

    I saw nothing last night that made me change my mind and vote GOP. All I saw was Romney taking Obama's foreign policy, change the wording a bit, and make it his own.
    And for those who thought the POTUS was "rude", how does it feel to be owned by the very same tactics that Romney employed in debate #1?

    October 23, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. It's clear what Romney's plan is now

    It's simple, former Governor Romney supports President Obama on almost every area. So, what would Romney do differently? If nothing (or what Romney will do is unacceptable (e.g. $5million tax break for th wealthy)), then vote for and support President Obama! The choice is very clear.

    October 23, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. myviewis

    Bottom line, you cannot deposit Foreign Policy, Israel, etc....in your bank account. If you have no money nothing in foreign policy is going to help you pay your bills. Romney = JOBS and Obama does not equal jobs. Jobs=MONEY

    October 23, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. GOP = Greed Over People!

    Let me help the undecided.

    It would appear Mitt was held back a year or two in high school, so he could attend the same geography classes as Bailin' Palin.

    You are welcome.

    October 23, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Beth

    Well,it looks like i'm voting for Romney

    October 23, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. cbr

    The Republicans decided on day one of the Obama administration that they would not do anything to help him get re-elected. The man had just taken the oath on inaugural day. The leaders of the party stood at the microphone and made the announcement. How much can they blame Mr. Obama for continued backward slide. Every idea, every program, every suggestion was turned down by the Republicans. They did not even try to compromise so that the economy could get moving ahead. They gave every excuse int he book except "my dog ate my homework.

    What goes around comes around and nothing would surprise me less than to hear that the Democrats will do the same thing. I certainly feel no obligation to help anyone who could not and would not work toward a common goal. Mr. Boehner, Mr. Canter and Mr. McConnell come to mind first.

    October 23, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Marti

    One could hope.

    October 23, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. lanny jackson

    The biggest zinger landed by President Obama on Mitt Romney, the entire press core missed it and its not suprising at all. And it ties in with Mitt Romney and his five sons. The President told Governor Romney, when he was a presidential candidate on his world tour; he went and visited both war zones to meet the troops, and Mitt Romney couldn't find the time to meet the troops when he was doing his world tour, and when he; the president went to Israel, he went where the rocket was raining down on families with children; Obama went in harms way to get a feel for himself. Romney who wants to be Commandering Chief couldn't find time to visit the war zone and visit the troops, who he maybe leading, now; I see why his sons wouldn't serve in a time of war after 9-11-01. But, the press says he meet the test as commandering Chief, it was this lack of reporting why we went to war, it is this type of reporting why the American people don't feel the war. The military teaches character from day one; and with character comes the four C's the four C's of character are competent, canor, commitment, and confidence, out of the four candor is his problem. Also in character one conviction. Mr. Romney lacks truth and conviction meaning coreless, that why it so easy for him to hundred of people out of work at one time.

    October 23, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |

    undecided voters are not smart
    undecided voters are willfully un-informed
    undecided voters are just plain stupid

    and here we are, competing for the favor of the undecided voter.

    October 23, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Pete

    @MY VIEWS,TRUTH HURTS,how do you ignorents think Romneys for Americans getting jobs. His Bain just sold Honeywell of Freeport,Illinois to Chinas Sensata leaving 170 workers unemployed and no benefits after promising them that before leaving.Is that what we should expect from Romney giving many corporations the boot to China over American job creation,looks like it to me!!He also made 8 million for that sale and another thing republicans just who is the real replacement Bain CEO anyway just try looking it up,good luck with that!!

    October 23, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. PJ

    "Obama has done more t undermine Israel's security than ANY US President"..........
    Thanks, but I would rather take the words of Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak over your ramblings.

    October 23, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Debate's agreement-fest makes it tough for undecideds to choose◄
    Dang, if they did not decide by now they may as welll hit the pipe and drink some BOOZE
    and call it a day! Jeez!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    October 23, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  25. Indy

    Romney has so many personalities so I can see why his supporters would have a hard time figuring out which Mitt they are supporting on any given day. With Obama you get Obama, with Romney you get all six personalities and fifty different views on every policy that change like the weather.

    October 23, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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