Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack H. Obama held their third and final presidential debate last week in Florida, and despite expectations that it would be a major bloodbath, the
debate proved to be one of style more than anything else.
As the debate went on it was evident Romney chose not to lower himself to the level of Obama, who sought to bait the governor into a Chicago-style rumble. Viewers of both conservative and liberal persuasions wanted a slugfest. However, Romney preferred instead to remain aboveboard by reminding voters that this election was about the economy despite the debate being about foreign policy. Romney showed himself as a cool and level-headed executive with the experience to lead the nation into full economic recovery.
In explaining America’s role in defending freedom and promoting its principles around the world, Romney stated that “in order to be able to fulfill our role in the world, America must be strong. America must lead. And for that to happen, we have to strengthen our economy here at home. You can’t have 23 million people struggling to get a job. You can’t have an economy that over the last three years keeps slowing down its growth rate. You can’t have kids coming out of college, half of them can’t find a job today, or a job that’s commensurate with their college degree. We have to get our economy going.”
But this is Romney’s campaign, and it is his management style of governing that he showcased throughout the entire three 90-minute sessions with Obama. This is what he wanted Americans to see, and it is how he scored a perfect trifecta in winning all three debates in both style and substance.
No doubt it’s been an arduously difficult four years for Obama. He went into office with high expectations of hope and ahange. And he had a Democrat-majority Congress to boot from 2009 to 2011. Obama, with his congressional cohorts Senator Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, passed a $1 trillion “Porkulus” bill, “Cash for Clunkers,” ObamaCare, and loaned $90 billion worth of government-guaranteed notes to bankrupt green companies. And let’s not forget the General Motors $50 billion bailout, which is proving to be a major headache for both the automaker and the federal government.
America under Obama is way different than it was in 2008. It is more depressed economically, psychologically and politically. “In the richest country in the history of the world, this Obama economy has crushed the middle class. Family income has fallen by $4,000, but health insurance premiums are higher, food prices are higher, utility bills are higher, and gasoline prices have doubled. Today more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before,” said Romney in his acceptance speech at the RNC address.
What the U.S. needs in the White House is a statesman, not a politician, someone who is going to tell the truth in the age of 24-hour news cycle and Drudge and FactCheck at the click of a mouse. When a president cannot truthfully explain in exact detail to the American people about Benghazi or the true story behind the killing of Osama bin Laden, it’s time to seriously reconsider whether the occupant can be trusted with power.
In mentioning Admiral Mike Mullen, the former head of the joint chiefs of staff, Romney said “that our debt is the biggest national security threat we face. This — we have weakened our economy. We need a strong economy” to project global power, Romney brought back the focus of what this election is truly about.
No amount of apology tour is going to make our enemies love us. Of course, Russia’s Vladimir Putin would like to see Obama win because he knows Obama is a weak negotiator who is willing to downgrade American power and influence. Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez would like to continue his dalliance with the Iranian mullahs without American interference. And China’s communist apparatchik would like to devalue the renminbi at a cost of the American dollar and goods risking a possible trade war with the US.
Those are the big issues only the federal government can tackle. Issues like abortion, contraception, gay rights and amnesty are wedge issues meant to tear this great American fabric apart. Obama knows this and it has been his strategy all along. It’s a strategy that will not work, because after four years of Obama at the helm, Americans have grown fatigued of the recession he’s prolonged, the wasteful spending, three years without a federal budget, and the political bickering between the White House and the Democrats on one side and the GOP on the other.
And that is why Governor Mitt Romney will win this election in an avalanche. He’s a proven leader!
By Lee Anthony Nieves, guest contributor
Lee Anthony Nieves is a conservative libertarian political commentator and frequent Being Latino contributor. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.