Obama reverses roles, comes out swinging at Romney in final debate
David Lauter and Christi ParsonsBOCA RATON, Fla. — President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney made their closing appeals to voters in a final debate that featured an unusual reversal of strategy — Obama adopted the typical challenger's stance of underscoring differences, while Romney repeatedly sought to mute them.
From the start of the debate, Romney made clear that a chief goal was to answer a question he had left hanging a week ago at the second encounter between the two men: how he differed from George W. Bush. He repeatedly said he opposed war, and although he called for higher military spending, he downplayed military solutions to foreign problems.
In his answer to the debate's first question, Romney congratulated Obama for "taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership of Al Qaeda."
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"Obama reverses roles, comes out swinging at Romney in final debate", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), octobre 2012. Consulté le 28/02/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/obama-reverses-roles-comes-out-swinging-at-romney-in-final-debate