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Round three the Presidential slugfest will be this evening and focus on foreign policy. It will be Governor Romney’s last chance to make his case to the American electorate in an unfiltered manner. Will he score the knockout blow he desperately needs to win over cherished independent voters? A solid performance on foreign policy could allow him to appear more presidential, and expect him to come out swinging on Libya.
Any President should have home field advantage in a debate like this one simply because the vast resources available at their disposal like daily intelligence briefings and others. Expect Obama to be on his game tonight because of how high the stakes are. Plus he has spent extra preparation in the seclusion of Camp David honing up on these issues. Obama utilized a moment on Libya during debate two to capitalize on and ultimately fuel his strong closing half hour, which tightened the polls and re-energized his base. He will make the case that Al-Quaeda is weak and Osama Bin Laden is dead.
While the foreign policy element is important in any Presidency, the true problems we are currently facing as a nation hinder more on domestic issues, particularly our economy, exploding healthcare costs, looming fiscal-ciffs and added taxes. Our government is spending far more than it is taking in and has been for some time. It is time to take a serious look at our finances as a nation.
Most American’s are of the same opinion, and in order to win over the true independents like the un-decided business owners, their employees and others on the fence, the winner of this debate must hammer home this point. Having a strong economy is the biggest leverage any nation has in demonstrating strong national security and international standing. The Joint Chiefs said our biggest threat is our own national debt. It is time to get our house in order, to more effectively lead the world.
One pragmatic way to improve our economic standing is to come together to fully address the issue of healthcare in this country. As the number one cost in our lifetimes, and the fastest growing segment of our national debt, this issue must be taken seriously. Neither side has proposed real solutions for cost containment, and the Affordable Care Act has many indirect consequences not accounted for by the Congressional Budget Office. Medicare spending threatens future generations benefits. The list goes on, and it is time for both sides to come together.
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