Where was Latin America in foreign policy debate?
October 23rd, 2012
01:36 PM ET
10 years ago

Where was Latin America in foreign policy debate?

(CNN) - During last night's foreign policy debate, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney argued over the war in Afghanistan, nuclear crisis with Iran, tension with Israel, the rise of China and America's role in the world.

But Latin America hardly came up and Twitter users, especially the Latino community, were not pleased.


Filed under: 2012 • Latinos • Presidential Debates
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I was under the impression that this thrid debate would encompass foreign policy AND immigration.
    What happened to immigration?

    October 23, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    Bob Schieffer picked the topics. Send your complaints to CBS. But let's get real. There is nothing important going on down there beside Obama's buddy and endorser Hugo Chavez getting another 6 years, if his ailments don't get him first. Maybe the pending death of Fidel Castro. The last thing Obama want to do is bring up Mexico and open up the Fast & Furious pandora's box. Wouldn't want to have to explain how his administration caused the death of hundreds of Mexicans and some Americans too.

    October 23, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney very clearly explained the opportunities for increasing our trade with Latin America.
    Obama claimed Executive Privilege on that one I guess. Didn't say a word about it.

    October 23, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "There is nothing important going on down there "

    You've lost the latino vote anyway, so that makes it safe to spew inaccurate and offensive nonsense like that, right?

    October 23, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Steve in PA

    Gov. Romney brought Latin America to the front during the debate and the future opportunities for investment and trade. Being from the business world, he sees the opportunities of developing jobs and the fruit which comes with it. The President rarely, if ever, mentions it and his administration obviously does not understand the economics of it to brief him properly.

    October 23, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Thomas

    All Romney wants to debate is , Iran , Israel , Iran , Israel , China , Israel , Iran.

    What about Europe , Africa , South America , Asia ?

    Romney has no understanding of the world , todays world .

    October 23, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney/Ryan has spent too much time talking about Obama and not enough time studying "Foreign Policy", last nights debate was a clear example of that. Romney looked almost as lost as Sarah Palin and we all remember what a disaster she was, but Republicans are still in denial that Romney just flat out lost last nights debate.

    October 23, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Hope for Change

    Latin America will be annex into USA.

    Venezuela will belong to Iran/Russia

    Cuba the same

    So they were talked about

    October 23, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Hope for Change

    Solves the immigration issue. No more illegals.

    October 23, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    Mitt said SELF-DEPORTATION. Let us deport him to CAYMAN ISLANDS. Idiot.

    October 23, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Hope for Change

    Just remember, Mitt managed the Olympics successfully, no wars broke out in Utah, and didn't end up passing down a large debt to the next generation. How many nations?

    So, rethinking foreign policy experience and international relationships, diplomacy was his strength – not weakness.

    I'm always surprised by the left criticism of Mitt, when they voted for a unqualified Senator only known for bring a Chicago community organizer with no international or foreign experience. That wad Hillary strength, not Obama's.

    October 23, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. truth hurts

    Obama is interested in Latin America. He's giving Brazil BILLIONS so they can drill for oil. I guess doing the same in our country and creating jobs HERE is not the green thing to do. He also likes sending automatic weapons to drug dealers in Mexico so many more people can die. Socialist Hugo Chavez has endorsed Obama so that should tell you a lot. Fidel Castro was also close to issuing an endorsement of Obama but decided Obama was just too far left for his tatstes.

    October 23, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Joe M.

    Romney was the only one the mention Latin America – as a place to expand free trade agreements. Obama barely even knows what those are, so he stayed away from the topic.

    October 23, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Pete

    @truth hurts,let's talk ignorence and you're on top,how bout Bushs wars created with lies and you don't want to go there either do yah...How bout Bushs intel from the Clinton administration and he let it go,remember 9/11 or are you in denial about it too.How much negetive info do I have to give you till you say ,I give up..Your republican presidents are all historic failures from Hoover till Bush so quit ragging on this president when you've never had anyone one bit sucessful,read up buddy even your Reagan was a pathedic screwup!!But you're just losers voting for losers ,its stupid as well as pathedic isn't it truth!!!

    October 23, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Pete

    And to all you uninformed republicans,the idiotic ones.Pres.Obama has done trade agreements in foriegn countries like S.Korea,Panama,Colombia and is now negotiating the Trans PacificPartnership trade agreement consisting of countries Chile,Brunei,Malaysia,NewZealand,Peru,Australia and Canada more than your past two republicans presidents combined,so don't talk unless you have some facts to back your ignorent butts up because you sound like Romney,all talk very little sense!!And that's your Latin connection you talk about..Ask Romney about his partners in China also,talk about biting the hand that feeds yah!!

    October 23, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Hope for Change

    Al Gore is prime minister of Brazil for Obama's interest and oil companies.

    October 23, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. 2020

    truth hurts. the truth is Romney was a yes sir, agree sir, correct sir on any subject in 3rd debate. romney the door man classic.

    There was no debate, by defiition.

    October 23, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Eric

    Romney has consistently mentioned the need to increase attention with Latin America, and was the only candidate to discuss (briefly) in the debates. Obama has never cared about the region and has ceded it to influence from China, Russia, Iran and the local regional culprits such as Chavez, Castro, Kirchner.

    October 23, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Hope for Change

    Obama has a record now. Can't blame Bush anymore.
    Or the tsunami
    Or global warming
    Or wars he is managing to lose
    Or oil and gas prices that doubled under his watch
    Or 23m under or our of work
    Or lowered credit rating given under his administration
    Or hair in his nose
    or mistakes Uncle Joe made

    October 23, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    @joem, yes the twit mentioned Latin America to send jobs down there and make more money for himself. I think he called it trade.
    Just like he has been doing with China for years. Send American jobs to China. He was licking his,lips about it or so it seemed. He looked very out of place that is why he kept going back to the economy.

    October 23, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Guest

    Havent you Mexicans learned? If you're not black or Muslim, preferably both, you dont make Obamas short list – you only make the broken promises list! Dont be fooled into voting for him again...

    October 23, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |