Last night's debate was supposed to be on foreign policy. However, both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama decided fairly early on that the differences between the two policy-wise were pretty small, so they both decided to hijack the foreign policy debate and instead the debates on the economy.
Show me why you would be different in the area that is literally about life and death. The polls suggest that foreign policy is not factoring that highly on the minds of American voters this election, but if you think about it, maybe it should.
There's bad news for Obama even before he squares off with Mitt Romney in tonight's third and final nationally-televised campaign debate. Polls show that Romney has already pulled even with the president on the question of which man is better able to handle foreign and defense policy.
Lybia oh Lybia, what happened in Lybia At the American embassy? Who'd have thought we were abhorred so? In Benghazi, even more so
If either candidate can propose ways to make economic sanctions feel less like a fee for doing business and more like an exacting punishment, there is hope for a policy that may yet induce Iran to change its nuclear behavior.
In 15 days one of these candidates will be elected responsible for the most somber decisions anyone is called to make, so addressing them with gravitas is vital this evening.
Sure, let the candidates talk about Benghazi. But, not for an extended period, allowing it to diminish the larger, much more important differences between the candidates on foreign policy.
If Republicans believe openly gay service is a threat to national security, shouldn't they fight to reinstate the ban? And if they were wrong in that belief, shouldn't they be forced to say so?
Tonight's presidential debate will focus on foreign policy. As we listen to Democratic and Republican presidential candidates it is worth saying that a thoughtful foreign policy isn't about who can drop the most bombs.
CBS News' sage journalist Bob Schieffer will be moderating Monday night's foreign policy debate, where Middle East issues will surely grab their share of headlines.
If you believe certain Republicans who have anointed Mitt Romney as the next president, I have a binder full of reasons they are wrong.
It is quite significant that Hezbollah is being implicated, by a decision from Iran, in the battle taking place inside Syria, by providing fighters and equipment, and in attempting to divert attention away from the battle in Syria, by sending an unmanned drone dubbed "Ayoub" over Israeli territory.
Now that the somnambulant debater of Denver has awakened, if Obama supporters want something else to fear, billionaires who want a Wall Street engineer in office, or advocates of the old energy economy of fossil fuels, are definitely that.
Who would you trust then, to get the terrorists who killed these four patriotic Americans in Benghazi? The people who got bin Laden or the people who forgot bin Laden?
This was arguably one of those historic debate sequences which I believe will be replayed for many years to come. The challenger, riding a wave of solid polls following a strong first debate, literally imploded on the national stage.
As a Northern Californian myself for 50 years, I affirm that John Christopher Stevens was a distinct kind of hero, a special personality for Northern Californians as well as other Americans, Libyans and, in Mayor Lee's phrase, "citizens of the world."