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Europe Warrants Just a Single 'Derogatory Reference' in Third U.S. Presidential Debate (Liberation, France)

 

"And where was Europe in all this? Not far from Australia in the competition for the position of most forgotten continent of the night. It wasn't until almost the last minute of the debate that Romney would make a very brief derogatory reference, as is his habit, citing Greece as an example of a country burdened by debt."

 

By Lorraine Millot

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Translated By Pierre Guittard

 

October 23, 2012

 

France Liberation Original Article (French)

The Debates are over: Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands at the end of the third and final debate, this one on foreign policy. Eighteen foreign countries were mentioned during the clash, and not counting Russia, only one of them was in Europe - Greece.

BBC NEWS VIDEO: In a feisty 90-minute head-to-head, the two candidates tangled over the Arab Spring, Iran, China's rise and more, Oct. 23, 00:02:34RealVideo

What was discussed Monday night, in the televised Romney-Obama debate that was supposed to be devoted to foreign policy? Unemployment, the poor, teachers and even green technologies. ... Whenever they had the chance, Barack Obama as well as Mitt Romney returned to their domestic policy obsession. Mitt Romney even managed to list the five points of his "plan" to "create 12 million jobs," while the moderator, who played the role of sleeping dwarf, failed to make any attempt to get him back on track. For the rest of the time, he [Bob Schieffer] asked questions about all the usual suspects, which account for the declining influence of American diplomacy: Syria, Egypt, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China ...

 

In the middle of his five-point plan, Mitt Romney also managed cleverly insert a comment about Latin America, explaining that its economy is as important as China's (and in particular, reminding people that Republicans are still fighting for the Latino vote, which is considered crucial in the upcoming election).

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And where was Europe in all this? Not far from Australia in the competition for the position of most forgotten continent of the night. It wasn't until almost the last minute of the debate that Romney would make a very brief derogatory reference, as is his habit, citing Greece as an example of a country burdened by debt. "At the end of four years [of President Obama] ... we are heading toward Greece" asserted the Republican candidate, repeating one of the current formulations from his campaign.

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For many French or European diplomats - all incorrigible optimists, we should rejoice that Europe has been so absent from America's radar screen. At least the crisis of the euro is no longer being wielded by Obama as a major source of U.S. economic turmoil, and Romney has stopped making "European socialism" his principle campaign scarecrow. In a questionable conclusion, one leading European diplomat in Washington opined that the less that is said about us in the United States today, the better.

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:

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Guardian Unlimited, U.K.: Obama Fires, Romney Falters, but 3rd Debate Fails to find Flourish

BBC News, U.K.: Global Poll Shows Rest of World Favors Obama

The Economist, U.K.: A Win for Obama

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.: Obama vs. Romney: Third Debate in Gifs

La Repubblica, Italy: Game Change: Obama Comes Across as 'Non-Leader'

El Universal, Mexico: U.S. Ruling Class Favors Obama Victory

El Pais, Spain: President Romney Will Come to Regret Damaging Remark about Spain

El Mundo, Spain: Romney Lies About Government Expenditures in U.S. and Spain

El Semanal, Spain: Spain Asserts it has 'Little to Envy' in Regard to U.S.

El Pais, Spain: Mitt Romney and Spain: Is Ours a Failing Brand?

Le Figaro, France: U.S. Presidential Debate: Pro-Obama Media Suffers Major Defeat

Handelsblatt, Germany: For Germany, a Romney Win 'Would Have its Advantages'

Guardian, U.K.: U.S. Debate: No Zingers, but Romney Finally Lifts Off

Guardian, U.K.: Combative Romney Comes Out on Top Against 'Lackluster' Obama

de Volkskrant, Netherlands: Why Should We Care About America's Presidential Election?

The Bohol Standard, The Philippines: We Filipinos Must Learn from the American Election

Huanqiu, China: China Must 'Strive to Influence' American Presidential Elections
Gazeta, Russia: Why America's Republicans have No Foreign Policy

 

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[Posted by Worldmeets.US Oct. 23, 6:59am]