Presidential spokesperson Robert Gibbs felt President Barack Obama set forth a distinctive and wholly different view of America than his challenger Mitt Romney in the last of three debates held Monday night at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
In an exclusive Newsmax TV interview, the spokesperson explained how Obama won the debate.
“I think the president wanted to and continues to want to press the differences that each of these two candidates have,” said Gibbs. “Look, there are fundamental disagreements: Barack Obama ended the war in Iraq, Mitt Romney wants more troops in Iraq; Barack Obama wants to bring our troops home from Afghanistan, Mitt Romney continues to give varying degrees of answers on really what that means.”
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Gibbs went on to explain why Obama chose the issues he wanted to highlight and how his view of the country and the world differs from Romney’s.
“ Look, I think the president was pressing those issues because there are very clear differences in this race about how each candidate would approach foreign policy, said Gibbs. “And I think it was demonstrated clearly tonight.”
When pressed on whether Obama has sought a troop agreement with the Iraqi government, Gibbs provided an opaque answer.
“The president worked throughout the process in negotiating with the Iraqis on what, if any, size and scope of that force would look like,” Gibbs explained. “But we ended the war in Iraq just as the president pledged to do throughout the campaign.
“What he pledged to do when we were in office, and look, we can’t deal with growing threats in Afghanistan, growing threats throughout the world with a security force of tens of thousands of troops in Iraq.”
Both candidates managed to state their case to the American people about the economy, foreign relations, and an array of other subjects that frame the debate on whose vision for America will the electorate embrace on Nov. 6.
Longtime CBS newsman Bob Schieffer summed up the debate by quoting his mother. “Go vote.”
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