The Presidential debates in 2008 were a landslide for President Obama against the then Republican challenger Senator McCain. According to a Gallup poll taken in 2008, 46 percent that were polled thought President Obama won the first Presidential debate against McCain.
In the second Presidential debate, once again, President Obama won amongst those that were polled against McCain by 56 percent, according to a Gallup poll. President Obama equally won against McCain in the third debate by 56 percent, according to the voters at the time who were polled.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has continued to gain points, not just on issues like the high 7.8 percent unemployment and sky-high gas prices, but he has equally connected with women voters. Despite some media outlets promoting women against Romney due to his Pro-life stance, Romney has numerous women Facebook fan groups. The polls now reflect Romney is tied with Obama amongst women voters in key battleground states.
Romney might have been originally portrayed as one who is not as relatable as Obama; he has continued to demonstrate his humanity with voter’s men or women, young or old. Not only did his humor show in the recent Al Smith dinner, but it was the way he spoke to the American people watching, which truly reflected his moral character and his humanness:
“No matter which way the political winds are blowing, what work goes on, day in day out by this organization and you. You answer with calm and willing hearts and service to the poor and care for the sick, in defense and the rights of conscience and in solidarity with the innocent child waiting to be born. You strive to bring God’s love in every life.”
Mitt Romney’s success in the first debate made him a winner by 72 percent according to a Gallup poll for October 4th-5th.
Most considered the second debates a draw, though some polls reflected Obama might have one by a slim margin. Tonight’s last debate on Foreign Policy will have a much heated discussion on the controversy over Libya. The controversy over the way President Obama and his administration handled the murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 other American’s in Benghazi, started to turn into a finger-pointing game. President Obama used “Act of Terror” in general terms, Press Secretary Jay Carney echoed the President and the current administration's stance with the Benghazi tragedy, Carney stated very clearly that what happened in Benghazi was not “a terrorist attack.”
Susan Rice added to this “finger pointing” game by blaming the Benghazi attack on the infamous YouTube, anti-Islamic film created by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
Some media claim that the GOP has been “pouncing” on a resent CIA cable on the Libya crisis. This time, it was not just over the terminology and the difference between calling something an “act of terror” in general terms verses what is actually considered “terrorism.”
New Associate Press Report came out with a headline that was repeated throughout numerous other news sources two days ago “GOP pounces after news of CIA cable on raid.” This has been the first time a U.S. Ambassador has been killed since U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph “Spike” Dubs was kidnapped and murdered by the those posing as police from the Setami Milli party.
Dubs' death has been labeled as a “Significant act of Terrorism” and yet, 33 years later the definition of "Terrorism" is being muddled and manipulated to save face during election season. What is most tragic is Ambassador Steven’s request for more security and the denial of such security, which ultimately cost him his life. The definition of “Terrorism” is less of a point to banter on than the real bi-partisan issue that the CIA new within 24 hours of the murderous Benghazi attack that militants were involved. What raises more questions is that the CIA told the White House that militants were involved in the attack in Benghazi.
The Associate Press Report juxtaposed the CIA cable of the raid with the current administration’s handle on the situation:
“But for days, the Obama administration blamed it on an out-of-control demonstration over an American-made video ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.”
There are other critics who have openly examined Benghazi and criticized the “blame game” as a campaign distraction strategy by the Democratic Party.
“No one died at Watergate! The Obama lies about Benghazi and Biden's deliberate lies Thursday night should be a bigger scandal than Nixon. It is clear the Obama team decided to have the vice president lie about an event that killed four Americans, including an Ambassador. Now… had over a month of dishonesty and cover-up from Obama team about Benghazi.”
“McClatchy news says that the regime's concoction of the video story to explain the attack in Benghazi was a purposeful cover created by the regime to cover up the disaster that our operation involving the removing of Moammar Khadafy proved to be. Getting rid of Khadafy basically turned the Benghazi area into an Al-Qaeda stronghold. That was the truth of the matter, and that's what the regime doesn't want anybody to know, or didn't. So they concocted the story that the video was responsible for the death of the ambassador and the three other Americans in the attack in Benghazi, because the regime had tried to tell this great story, ‘Look what we did. We cleaned up Libya. We got rid of an evil guy, and we've made Libya part of the Arab Spring, a great outbreak of democracy. Look, aren't we wonderful.’ When instead what happened was we kicked him out of there and then left ourselves, and we left ourselves nobody to control what was happening in the aftermath, and Al-Qaeda has established a beachhead in Benghazi.”
The fog of this ongoing investigation, rumors of cover-ups, the continuous “blame game” from Hillary Clinton to debates over the definition of “Terrorism”- is not a GOP “pouncing” on an issue. Again, the last Ambassador that was murdered in a terrorist attack just like Ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 other Americans had- was 33 years ago. When the Setami Milli party back in 1979- murdered Adolph Dubs, U.S. Ambassador for Afghanistan it was called a “Significant act of Terrorism.”
During an election, there is a natural tendency to attempt to blame an issue as a “Right” or a “Left” issue. However, a murder of an Ambassador of the United States is a serious bi-partisan matter that reflects Foreign Policy on such major levels that Americans deserve real answers and not political campaign games. It is clear this matter is important because according to a recent Gallup poll, Romney is ahead by 6 points with likely voters.
Tonight’s Foreign Policy debate will more than likely play homage to the late Ambassador Stevens and result in questions most of America want answers to.