Here are four topics Mitt Romney ought to be bringing up tonight. Some are more obvious than others:
- Benghazi — Even with the obvious topics, Romney needs to be aware of the counterarguments, as he learned in the last debate. Just as Romney should have seen the “act of terror” defense coming last time, he needs to be aware of the aid and comfort the L.A. Times gave to Obama with a story titled No evidence found of Al Qaeda role in Libya attack. Romney needs to be familiar with the obvious responses and be able to put them into articulate soundbites.
- Acceptance of foreign donations — The story that broke yesterday about a British citizen successfully donating money to Obama (while getting rejected by Romney’s campaign) is a foreign policy story. The story was unaccountably downplayed by Jazz Shaw at Hot Air as little more than an overdue administrative fix, and you can expect that to be the Obama spin –but in truth it is far more. A report from the Government Accountability Institute has opined that Obama’s lax monitoring of fraud in his donations helps “make U.S. elections vulnerable to foreign influence.”
- Fast and Furious — The Very Fair and Neutral Candy Crowley didn’t think this scandal should be brought up in response to a question about firearms. The Very Fair and Neutral Bob Schieffer will probably not see this as a foreign policy story. But it is. A Univision story that you all hopefully watched revealed the extent of the violence against Mexican citizens caused by this depraved policy, and Mexico is upset. Romney needs to hit this hard, and ask if we would have walked guns into, say, Canada.
- Afghanistan — We have a problem: our boys are not getting the support they need in Afghanistan to keep soldiers from being killed — or, perhaps, from being brought home. I’d like to hear Romney ask Obama if he is pulling C17s away from the duty of bringing soldiers home in order to haul around gear for Obama’s presidential campaign, as has been rumored.
I’ll open a new thread specifically for debate commentary this evening when I get home. In the meantime, discuss.