Wednesday night is Mitt Romney’s best chance to defeat Barack Obama.
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On Afghanistan, Romney’s policy is essentially the same as Obama’s. On Iran, though Romney is much closer to Israel than Obama will ever be, Romney hasn’t yet come out for a clear “red line” beyond which Iran cannot go in pursuit of nuclear weapons. If Romney comes out clearly on the “red line” issue — paralleling what Netanyahu said to the UN last week — he can put Obama on the defensive and gain ground.
Romney should begin the debate by stating the contrast between conservative beliefs and Obama’s liberalism, and stick to them throughout the debate. Obama’s policies, his speeches and his actions — on domestic issues and foreign policy — are all consistent with radical liberal ideology. The only things Obama has grown are the government and our national debt. Obama has shrunk America from a superpower to an also-ran unable to affect everything from the results of the so-called “Arab spring” to the not-so-trivial revived dispute between England and Argentina over the Falkland Islands (on which Obama has declared American neutrality). Romney needs to hang the liberal label on Obama and come back to it in every statement he makes in the debate. The media will hate it, but the voters will love it.
Romney should make it a “conservative vs. liberal” debate. On the economy, Romney has good conservative points to make on Social Security, the failed stimulus, and on Obama’s new “economic patriotism” theme.
Obama is running an ad promising one million new manufacturing jobs, 100,000 more math and science teachers, to cut college tuition in half, and to expand American energy access. But how will there be one million new jobs unless companies can create them in an environment that encourages them rather than punishing them with Obama’s taxation and regulation? How will we get more American energy when Obama’s administration is forcing coal-fired electric plants to close? How will the economy grow while Obama is leading us off a fiscal cliff in January? Huge tax increases — including the imposition of the Obamacare taxes — are coming and are sure to push the economy down into another deep recession.
Romney has run as a technocrat, someone who has the expertise and experience to reverse the economy’s slide. But the last guy to say that the race wasn’t about ideology but rather about competence was Mike Dukakis. It’s not too late for Romney to make this an ideological race, but that chance won’t appear again after Wednesday night.
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