October 23rd, 2012
06:58 AM ET
10 years ago

Presidential debate's global reaction: Disappointment

(CNN) - The presidential face off on foreign policy between President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney was geared to sway U.S. voters, but at points on the globe that the candidates argued over - from Libya to Pakistan to China - netizens, analysts and activists tuned in and weighed in.


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  1. Gurgyl

    Because of this president Americans are today are again RESPECTED in the world, it is my own experience from Europe, and India. True.

    October 23, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  2. Noobienot

    Obama has won 2 out of 3 debates clearly and being canadian that i am i know who i would want running my country if it was one of these gently men and it wouldnt be Romney , jjust to many lies from that guy (apoligy tour etc ) , he changes his position on issues , he wants to show a softer side etc he will stoop to anything to get a vote witch tells me his policies and intentions arent really genuine , the votes over people if americans can`t see through this phonieness then same on u !!

    October 23, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  3. anonoymous

    Wasnt fooled by Romney's performance. All he did for the most part was agree the president on what has been done so far. Tried to turn the debate into talking points about his 5 point plan that wont work. We the people deserve a complete package. For all the people who will say foreign policy doesnt matter quit talking about Libya! Obama 2012

    October 23, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    but at points on the globe that the candidates argued over – ------------------------------------------------
    "At points on the globe"??
    Is that even grammatically correct?
    Is it just me?

    October 23, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  5. Sol-L.I. N.Y.

    Did we forget how the most powerful man in the world traveled his first months in office to countries that despise America and bowed to their Kings.

    President Obama has embarassed this great country. He has alienated our greatest allies, Great Britain and Israel. Returning the bust of Winston Churchill was a slap in the face to the Brits. I didn't see him bowing to the Queen of England like he did the Saudi King......

    October 23, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  6. MrBeenThere

    The best thing of the night, Websters had to append the definition of Liar;
    1. A person who has lied or who lies repeatedly
    "a slimy little liar" ,"a Mitt Romney"

    October 23, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Obama was NOT the winner of the debate. We did, of course, expect the media to say that. We did of course, expect the Dems to swamp the responses on the internet, to make it APPEAR that Obama won. That's what Dems DO........they intimidate, they lie, they deceive, they are........subversive.

    October 23, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Romney s only foreign policy experience is protecting the Massachusetts boarder from tax free liquor coming in from new Hampshire , and he failed !!!!

    October 23, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    Flip was doing his best to tack center but Obama will be pointing out his constant and never ending waffling to show "amurkins" that Flip Flopney has no convictions and will say anything to get elected

    October 23, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. vc

    Romney proved that Mr.Obama's foreign policies are not failing, but actually would be the same things he himself would do.

    Also, analysts are starting to signal a strong recovery in 2013, so the president must be doing something right. It would be too bad if Mitt won and received the credit for the recovery that Obama built.

    October 23, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Anonymous

    that's why your a canadian so be from canada...

    October 23, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  12. harry

    Absolutely true that Bush,Cheny messed up in US relationship with our friendly nations and leadership was in question by the rest of the world.Bush never regretted for his screwed up .Then Obama administration took the burden to improve our global impression,took right approach with wisdom of Hillary Clinton and we are in better shape since then with our relations and trust with rest of the world.
    Republican agenda to use military force in all issues does bring tax $$$ at risk.This all leads to ,,, no one in this world like fight,war,threats .It affect US business ,economy with other country too.

    October 23, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  13. Wow

    Noobienot – I'll make you a deal. Take Obama up north to run Canada. I think that is a PERFECT solution to the worlds problems!

    October 23, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  14. Larry in Houston

    even the people in Canada can see through this phony Romney – Ohio should know what a Romney regime would do to this country – we will go back to the laws of the Bush era.

    Obama – 2012

    October 23, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Romney proved himself to be a complete PUNK last night. As one of the commentators said " Another 15 minutes and Romney would've endorsed President Obama".
    Here's what happened: President Obama did not show up at the first debate. Romney was emboldened and fooled into thinking that his bullying tactics and unchecked lying was the way to go at the second debate. Huge mistake because guess who showed up at the second debate? That's right PRESIDENT Obama. Cue the subsequent, masterful, and undiluted butt-whipping from Prez to former has-been. Third debate: Romney visibly shaken, out of his element, sweating profusely, and just plain scared decided to suck-up to the President by agreeing with everything the President has already put in place. The few times that he ventured out of his defensive "protect the family jewels stance" the President smacked him into the middle on the 1980's!
    Who needs you Romney?!
    We already have our President.
    Thanks for showing up last night though, we know that took a lot family intervention and guts.
    Obama 2012. Forward America!!

    October 23, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. adam

    Winning a debate does not make someone better.

    If Romney looked bad in 3 out of 41/2 hrs of debates big deal, Barak has looked bad in 4 yrs in office.

    Our economy sucks, Romney knows business , he deserves a try.

    October 23, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Jo

    I don't know which analysts you spoke to but the view from Canada is that Obama's foreign policy is and has been a welcome change from the shoot first foreign policy of the decades preceding President Obama. Americans finally have a President who uses and exercises his brain cells rather than bowibg to your military complex donors whose sole motivation is in the profits they make in manyfacturing more and more weapons. America spends more than the combined defense spending of a number of other countries. Maybe you should concentrate more on providing basic healthcare and education for your people. I also found it amusing that Romney wants to promote women's equality abroad when he has been against it in your own country.

    October 23, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |