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Well while the debate focused on foreign policy -- John and Robert just talking a little bit about the economy certainly came up to with the candidates saying that a strong economy.
Is not only key to our national security it's also what keeps America.
Any leadership were all on the world stage take a listen.
Joint Chiefs of Staff said that admiral Mullen.
Said that are dead as the biggest national security threat we face this we have weakened our economy we need a strong economy we need to have as well a strong military.
It's driven by what are we gonna need to keep the American people say that's exactly what our budget does.
And it also -- allows us to reduce our deficit which is a significant.
National security concern because we've got to make sure that our economy -- strong at home so that we can project military power overseas.
Joining us now -- game.
Woodrow Wilson Center vice president former advisor to both Republican and democratic secretaries of state air and we talked a little bit.
A to preview this debate on Friday and like to get your thought an -- over arching theme that you talk to us about you said.
Really when it comes to foreign policy is not about Democrats or Republicans it's about.
-- Smart foreign policy and what's down foreign policy what's the smartest thing you heard last night from home.
And what's the dumbest thing -- her last night from home.
Well you know -- I'd love to answer that question and I thought about it that the problem is I'm not sure there were.
A lot of it really Smart things said and there were no dumb things the fact is there were no spectacular successes in his debate.
And no spectacular failures either I think the president probably won the debate on substance.
But on politics I think governor Romney did himself -- are very important services number one I think he.
He softened what had been an aggressive tone during the during the second debate.
In an effort to reach out to independent any he offered I think what he wanted to do which was safe change.
Finally he was.
Perhaps not as presidential as the president you can never be but he shared that stage.
I know -- pronounced words no hollers.
-- demonstrated that he knew the terrain relatively well I mean nothing beats the incumbent on those matters when you can talk about talking to the joint chiefs.
And the secretary of the navy -- is really hard to trump that.
But on those issues I think.
Governor did very well and the debate reminded me since so much of it was devoted to the economy that despite the chattering classes myself included.
Effort to -- interject foreign policy news campaign the fact is it started with the economy.
And then the last two weeks I suspect it's gonna end -- with the economy and and that is going to be the key focus not Iran not Libya.
And not the US Israeli relationship.
Well Aaron we appreciate you being part of the chattering classes otherwise we have -- talked to about all of the so let's not even mention when you're on stage with the president you can't be the president Romney.
Romney can actually be the commander in chief -- sitting next to someone that holds that position.
And the president did not lose the opportunity to point that out let's take a lesson.
You say that you're not entrusted in duplicating what happened in Iraq.
But just a few weeks ago you said you think we should have more troops in Iraq right now.
And that that that challenge we have and are you haven't been a position to actually execute foreign policy.
But every time -- offered an opinion.
-- but all he said we should have gone into Iraq.
Despite the fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction.
I knew you haven't been in a position to actually execute foreign policy scene was the idea what it is -- The debate air and what about experience I you worked with a lot of people that have had some experience those web that none of those have I have a lot -- what's your reaction to that.
Look I think judgment is really important I mean there's no question about that foreign policy experience is important too but the temperament of a president.
And the reality that the president inherited here I really do believe what what was most striking to me about this debate was what I saw.
On that stage.
And I have a -- Was Barack -- Romney.
Brock all around.
On foreign policy there is a new consensus -- developing in this country it's driven by our own broken house -- need to repair it.
And it's driven by the challenges in this study international system that's tough for us to address -- it the right -- at the right policy Aaron.
Well I would argue what what it what it.
What it does is to reflect the reality.
That we find ourselves and we don't have to lead from the hop from behind.
But we have to be very cruel and and forgiving from now -- In when and how we choose to project our power brought after all we're coming off of the two longest wars in American history.
And governor Romney's comments reflected this.
Where the standard for victory was not can we win.
But when can we leave.
And for the superpower that is not a happy place to be -- and Libya on Israel on Iran.
I found our governor Romney's comments to be.
Quite similar frankly to the policies that the current president did it is.
It's fallen and I don't think it was simple simply.
-- politically cheap triangulation.
I think it reflects.
Mitt Romney's own sensibility.
And his own temperament.
This man his base may not be happy but this man I suspect both on domestic and foreign policy.
Is going to end up governing far more from the center.
Than many of -- supporters want to acknowledge or admit.
Very interesting point -- maybe not so much this debate reflecting the candidates -- where we are as a country at this time -- it's it's great to have -- -- look for to have you back.
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