SPEAKERS: FORMER GOV. MITT ROMNEY, R-MASS.,
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
BOB SCHIEFFER, MODERATOR
PEDRO MIRALLES BACKLESS SHOE HIGH-HEEL END LEATHER CAMEL 36 VERY GOOD CONDITION,jlh831 Bindi pour femmes Strass Plaqué Or à lanières talon bas rembourréf1r0408 Anne Michelle talon bloc pour les femmes bride cheville bout ouvertMr/Ms Ladies Clarks Unstructured Sandals Un Harbour Special purchase High-quality materials Excellent stretching,Nina Women's Deena Ankle Strap Stiletto Sandal Midnight Velvet/SatinLucky Brand Frauen Sortia Offener Zeh leger Leder Riemchensandalen Braun Groesse,Andre Assous Womens Sandals Size 9C Slingbacks Featherweights Light Beige,Boulevard Elástico Cómodo de Dedo Chanclas para Mujer Todas las Tallas y Colores,CLOUDSTEPPERS Clarks Wedge Sandals Caddell Bright Coral 6W NEW A302773,Men/Women Ladies Eaze Casual Mid Wedge Mules Excellent value a good reputation in the world Brand feast,Ladies Anne Michelle Heeled Crossover Mule 10728,Adidas Adillette Cloudfoam Plus Ardatt Slides Size 11 Purple/icemarroonSanuk Yoga Sling Ella Thong Flop Flops Yoga Mat White 1014681 Jersey Shoes FlatsCOLE HAAN! BEAUTIFULLY MADE BROWN LEATHER WOMEN'S SLIDES, 7B, EUC,Crocs Leigh-Ann Leather Mini Wedge Black Size 6 Sold Out In Store Rrp 59.99,Men's/Women's Mujer Eaze Sandalias LABEL f3106-w Innovative design Modern design leading the fashion,Vaneli Kiele Clear with Black Leather Trim Slingback Sandals 7 NEW,Ladies Clarks Sandals The Style - Risi Hop,Gentlemen/Ladies Frauen Flache Sandalen High security a good reputation in the world Diversified new design,Earth Spirit Sandals Womens Size 6 Beaded,Inblu Zehentrenner Sandalen Zehenfrei mit Juwelen Besetzt Gepolstert Weich,Nine West Frauen Attractir Offener Zeh leger Flache SandalenMan/Woman Ladies Eaze Sling Back Heeled Sandals Quality queen Strong value Immediate delivery,**Billabong Wild Wavez Sandals, Women's Size 6, BlackBrunate Womens Sz 42 Black Patent And Multicolor Strappy Sandals US 11.5,MODERN VINTAGE Fatima Sandals Flats Braided Brown Leather Stiletto Rx Sz 40 NEWTidewater Navy Braided Flip Flops Comfort Molding Shoes,Womens Ipanema Women`s Vibe Sandal Black Sandals,Crocs Crocband Zoccolo sandali scarpe ciabatte da Spiaggia PARADISE FUCSIA IRIS,1. State Women's Calen Black Suede Leather Strap Open Toe Sandal Size 8
This one's on foreign policy. I'm Bob Schieffer of CBS News. The questions are mine, and I have not shared them with the candidates or their aides.
SCHIEFFER: The audience has taken a vow of silence -- no applause, no reaction of any kind, except right now when we welcome President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
Gentlemen, your campaigns have agreed to certain rules and they are simple. They've asked me to divide the evening into segments. I'll pose a question at the beginning of each segment. You will each have two minutes to respond and then we will have a general discussion until we move to the next segment.
New with box: A brand-new, unused, and unworn item (including handmade items) in the original packaging (such as ... Read moreabout the condition
This -- this is a critical opportunity for America. And what I'm afraid of is we've watched over the past year or so, first the president saying, well we'll let the U.N. deal with it. And Assad -- excuse me, Kofi Annan came in and said we're going to try to have a ceasefire. That didn't work. Then it went to the Russians and said, let's see if you can do something. We should be playing the leadership role there, not on the ground with military.
SCHIEFFER: All right.
ROMNEY: ...by the leadership role.
OBAMA: We are playing the leadership role. We organized the Friends of Syria. We are mobilizing humanitarian support, and support for the opposition. And we are making sure that those we help are those who will be friends of ours in the long term and friends of our allies in the region over the long term. But going back to Libya -- because this is an example of how we make choices. When we went in to Libya, and we were able to immediately stop the massacre there, because of the unique circumstances and the coalition that we had helped to organize. We also had to make sure that Moammar Gadhafi didn't stay there.
And to the governor's credit, you supported us going into Libya and the coalition that we organized. But when it came time to making sure that Gadhafi did not stay in power, that he was captured, Governor, your suggestion was that this was mission creep, that this was mission muddle.
Imagine if we had pulled out at that point. You know, Moammar Gadhafi had more American blood on his hands than any individual other than Osama bin Laden. And so we were going to make sure that we finished the job. That's part of the reason why the Libyans stand with us.
But we did so in a careful, thoughtful way, making certain that we knew who we were dealing with, that those forces of moderation on the ground were ones that we could work with, and we have to take the same kind of steady, thoughtful leadership when it comes to Syria. That's exactly what we're doing.
SCHIEFFER: Governor, can I just ask you, would you go beyond what the administration would do, like for example, would you put in no-fly zones over Syria?
ROMNEY: I don't want to have our military involved in Syria. I don't think there is a necessity to put our military in Syria at this stage. I don't anticipate that in the future.
As I indicated, our objectives are to replace Assad and to have in place a new government which is friendly to us, a responsible government, if possible. And I want to make sure they get armed and they have the arms necessary to defend themselves, but also to remove -- to remove Assad.
But I do not want to see a military involvement on the part of our -- of our troops.
SCHIEFFER: Well --
ROMNEY: And this isn't -- this isn't going to be necessary.
We -- we have, with our partners in the region, we have sufficient resources to support those groups. But look, this has been going on for a year. This is a time -- this should have been a time for American leadership. We should have taken a leading role, not militarily, but a leading role organizationally, governmentally to bring together the parties; to find responsible parties.
As you hear from intelligence sources even today, the -- the insurgents are highly disparate. They haven't come together. They haven't formed a unity group, a council of some kind. That needs to happen. America can help that happen. And we need to make sure they have the arms they need to carry out the very important role which is getting rid of Assad.
SCHIEFFER: Can we get a quick response, Mr. President, because I want to...
OBAMA: Well, I'll -- I'll be very quick. What you just heard Governor Romney said is he doesn't have different ideas. And that's because we're doing exactly what we should be doing to try to promote a moderate Syrian leadership and a -- an effective transition so that we get Assad out. That's the kind of leadership we've shown. That's the kind of leadership we'll continue to show.
SCHIEFFER: May I ask you, you know, during the Egyptian turmoil, there came a point when you said it was time for President Mubarak to go.
SCHIEFFER: Some in your administration thought perhaps we should have waited a while on that. Do you have any regrets about that?
OBAMA: No, I don't, because I think that America has to stand with democracy. The notion that we would have tanks run over those young people who were in Tahrir Square, that is not the kind of American leadership that John F. Kennedy talked about 50 years ago.
But what I've also said is that now that you have a democratically elected government in Egypt, that they have to make sure that they take responsibility for protecting religious minorities. And we have put significant pressure on them to make sure they're doing that; to recognize the rights of women, which is critical throughout the region. These countries can't develop if young women are not given the kind of education that they need.
They have to abide by their treaty with Israel. That is a red line for us, because not only is Israel's security at stake, but our security is at stake if that unravels.
They have to make sure that they're cooperating with us when it comes to counterterrorism.
And we will help them with respect to developing their own economy, because ultimately what's going to make the Egyptian revolution successful for the people of Egypt, but also for the world, is if those young people who gathered there are seeing opportunities.
Their aspirations are similar to young people's here. They want jobs, they want to be able to make sure their kids are going to a good school. They want to make sure that they have a roof over their heads and that they have the prospects of a better life in the future.
And so one of the things that we've been doing is, is, for example, organizing entrepreneurship conferences with these Egyptians to give them a sense of how they can start rebuilding their economy in a way that's noncorrupt, that's transparent. But what is also important for us to understand is, is that for America to be successful in this region there's some things that we're going to have to do here at home as well.
You know, one of the challenges over the last decade is we've done experiments in nation building in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and we've neglected, for example, developing our own economy, our own energy sectors, our own education system. And it's very hard for us to project leadership around the world when we're not doing what we need to do...
SCHIEFFER: Governor Romney, I want to hear your response to that, but I would just ask you, would you have stuck with Mubarak?
ROMNEY: No. I believe, as the president indicated, and said at the time that I supported his -- his action there. I felt that -- I wish we'd have had a better vision of the future.
I wish that, looking back at the beginning of the president's term and even further back than that, that we'd have recognized that there was a growing energy and passion for freedom in that part of the world, and that we would have worked more aggressively with our friend and with other friends in the region to have them make the transition towards a more representative form of government, such that it didn't explode in the way that it did.
Mr/Ms JEAN ANKLE WRAP WEDGE size 7 Various goods fashionable Immediate delivery,Blowfish Women's Granola, Black Dyecut PU, 8 M US,Spenco Total Support Yumi Breeze Watermelon Size 6 Womens New with Tags,Unisa Sandalen Absätze 11 cm+Plattform Leder Velours rot 40 sehr guter Zustand,Belle Frauen Brandy Offener Zeh Anlass Riemchensandalen Gold Groesse 10 US /41.5,Mr/Ms Flip Under Armour AtlanticDune 23444 Attractive and durable Fine art Known for its beautiful quality,Mr/Ms Rockport Women's Fiona Chocolate Sandals CAZ03BRM Queensland Order welcome Diversified new designBRAND NEW: Scott Hawaii Women's Flip Flop- Size 10- Black,Down To Earth F10451 Ladies Comfort Riptape Summer Sandals ~ 3 Colours,Ocean Minded Manhattan Sandal Women's White 10,Summer Fashion Strappy Knee High Gladiator Stiletto Heel Pumps Sandals Shoes G32,Charles by Charles David Frauen Miller Offener Zeh leger Platform Sandalen BlauAuditions Sparkle Women W Open Toe Leather Slides Sandal, Nude, Size 8.0,Ash Women's AS-Rush BIS Heeled Sandal, - Choose SZ/colorUSED Women's SKECHERS 38472 White RUMBLERS SCI-FI Foam Wedge Sandals Shoes,Damas Marfil Hacia Abajo Tierra Sandalias de verano - f10451,Carlos by Carlos Santana Frauen KATARINA Offener Zeh leger Sandalen mit Keilabsa,LADIES NUDE LEATHER COLLECTION FLAT MULE STYLE - F00073,AF794 OLGA RUBINI shoes blue suede women sandalsVince Camuto Perforated Leather Peep- Toe Sandals Dastana Black 8M NEW A304453Gentleman/Lady David Tate Clever Women's Slip On New Listing Make full use of materials renewed on time,leather shoes Bridal shoes punjabi jutti Khussa Flat shoes casual jutti,Nine West Black Bugout Heels Shoes size 7.5 MChinese Laundry Frauen Platform Sandalen Weiss Groesse 8 US /39 EU,Ipanema Women`s Flip Flops Shimmer Sandal Burgundy Brazilian T-Strap Sandals NWT,GUESS Womens HOTLOVE Leather Open Toe Casual Platform Sandals,AC806 SUKY BRAND zapatos marrón cuero mujer sandalias,Aldo carine-91 Sandalettes cuir sauvage noir 178261,Spring Step Women's Etelvina Slingback Gold Leather Strappy Sandals,Men's/Women's Touch Ups Women's Isadora Heeled Sandal Special purchase King of quantity Excellent stretching,