WHAT ISSUES TO LOOK FOR IN TONIGHT’S FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
By VICTORIA JONES
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON – Bob Schieffer CBS News moderates in tonight’s debate in Boca Raton, FL. It starts at 9 PM New York time, though live coverage on the Paltalk News Network begins at 8:30 PM. CLICK HERE to join in.
Here are some of the topics expected to be covered:
LIBYA AND BENGHAZI: Why did the administration stick so long to its story that this was a preplanned attack by insurgents against a film that turned into something worse, rather than a preplanned attack by insurgents?
IRAN: The New York Times this weekend reported that the Obama administration has secretly agreed in principle to direct, bilateral talks after the election. The National Security Council flat out says it’s not true. Question: In a negotiation, what would you be willing to let Iran hold onto in return for a deal that gave the US and Israel confidence that Tehran could not gain a nuclear weapons capability? Also, whether the US would back up Israel if it decided to conduct a military strike against Iran.
CYBERWAR: Do President Obama and Mitt Romney consider cyberweapons a legitimate tool in America’s arsenal, or too risky, since the US is the most vulnerable country in the world? We have never heard either candidate answer the question. We should, as this war is currently ongoing.
AFGHANISTAN: If it looks as if Kabul could fall back into Taliban hands in a few years, so do either of them think the US should re-intervene (after we pull out)? For Romney – if he believes the pullout in Iraq was too hasty and the pullout of Afghanistan risks making the same mistake, what kind of continuing presence would he have in mind?
Two more questions could be how to deal with Hamid Karzai, whose promises of ending a legacy of corruption and ineptitude have gone unfulfilled. Also, little known is the rapid expansion of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, and attacks on Pakistani bases by the Pakistani Taliban, including at sites where nukes are believed to be stored.
ARAB UPRISINGS: How to deal with these new governments, to ensure American values are respected? Trade restrictions? Gentle persuasion? When and why each man would advocate future interventions – Obama joined in the Libya strike which Romney thought was a mistake. What exactly would Romney do to overthrow Assad?
CHINA: Romney would declare China a currency manipulator on Day 1 – what about Day 2 or Year 2? What about each candidate describing how he would counter China’s growing claims in the South China Sea and other disputed territories, how he would handle trade tensions, and how he would handle a world in which the US, for better or worse, is going to be reliant on Chinese investment in American debt for years to come. Also his view of the major leadership change currently under way in China
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