Should the candidates care to consider and debate real solutions, they need not work too hard. The country is full of them -- applied here and there or ready on the shelf.
Schieffer clearly missed an excellent opportunity to push Obama and Romney in a way that would have educated voters and revealed the candidates' thought process concerning a crucially important topic.
The Christian Science Monitor calls the energy transition claims made across the world clunky, offering that history suggests it can take up to 50 years to replace an existing energy infrastructure. The problem? We don't have that long.
The problem isn't with the debates, it's with most everything else in the campaigns. The debates are grievously marginalized by the unstoppable mudslide of paid propaganda.
It is no longer superpower states such as Germany or Russia or China that threaten the peace, but weak states, rogue states and failed states. The asymmetry between traditional military macro-power and the micro-tactics of terrorists, hackers and religion-driven martyrs has become our greatest military challenge.
Anyone tracking America's energy mix over time would have to conclude that while we have liked coal a lot, we maybe like it a little less now. And that's a good thing.
We are a nation of laws. We are a democracy. No act -- even a President's decision to green-light a drone strike half way around the world -- should ever go so utterly unchecked, unexamined, unstudied, and unconstitutional.
There were marginal differences between the candidates, but both were largely in agreement. And more's the pity to America -- and to the world.
The president fired up the Democratic troops last night. Now it is up to the troops to deliver. In the battleground states, we have to not only do the crucial mechanics of turning out the vote, we have to fire our people up and get them motivated.
That the commander in chief would outperform the challenger on foreign policy was perhaps to be expected. But his sharper summary of future goals and his willingness to package Romney as a retro, Bush-Cheney reprise were refreshing additions to the president's arsenal.
Who would have guessed that it would take a debate on foreign policy to reveal what Barack Obama and Mitt Romney think about education?
Should President Obama win reelection in less than three weeks, this debate may go down as a turning point in this momentous and historic campaign.
This year's debates were just like they always were, but for some reason I expected something different. Debates offer the candidates a rare opportunity, one outside of the arena of platitudes and skewed facts in advertising, to directly make their case to undecided voters.
A good deal can and will be said about Monday night's foreign policy debate, but the bottom line may be that it was not so much about foreign policy and not so much a debate.
The president probably won last night, but so what? This country may be facing the most confused foreign policy picture in its history. Why can't you find a statesman when you really need one?