SPEAKERS: FORMER GOV. MITT ROMNEY, R-MASS.,
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
BOB SCHIEFFER, MODERATOR
Gentleman/Lady Dolce Vita Women's Lisa Platform fashion comfortability comfortable,Gentle Souls Us Two Curry Leather Strappy Sandals $210 Retail Size 6 M New,La Plume Darlene Red Leather 3 Strap Sandal SZ 39 US 8.5 / 9,Steven by Steve Madden Frauen striking Offener Zeh leger Sandalen mit Keilabsatz,Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 Prints Sandals - Women's - Navy Multi Geo Stripes - 7,HOLZ (e) CLOGS Pantolette Gr.37 WildLEDER, Braun (23-4.4-72),Marks & Spencer Limited Collection UK7 EU40.5 new black strappy patent sandals,ADRIENNE VITTADINI Charlene Women Wedge Sandals (11M, BLACK),Ladies F3106 synthetic wedge sandals by EAZE Retail Price,Giani Bernini Frauen carisaa Offener Zeh leger Sandalen mit Keilabsatz Blau Groe,Rieker Pantolette, Pantoletten blau Klettverschluß 60885 NEU!,Clarks Billie Swing Thong Slingback Sandals purple, turquoise & blackLadies Havaianas Slim Multi Sandals Summer Holiday Slip On Flip Flops All SizesSanuk Womens Flip-Flops Sandals US7 Black Yoga Mat Thong Shoes Athleisure Beach,Hush Puppies Ozzie Womens Comfortable Leather Sandals/Heels Memory Foam,Unity By Carlos Santana Women's Horizon Open Toe Slides Black Sequin Size 5 MDOWN TO EARTH femmes mules été f00044,BORN Thong Flip Flop Sandals Women's Size 8 Red Leather Cushioned Footbed VGUC,Man's/Woman's Eaze Casual Open Toe Ladies Sandals Good design Orders are welcome Modern mode,Ipanema breloque Iv Couleur Sable FEM FLIP FLOP POUR FEMMES SANDALES 81932Mujer F3114 Sintético Zapatos sin Talón Sandalia por Eaze Precio de VentaNew Sam Edelman Arina Women's Plaid Canvas Studded Slide Sandals Size 8 M*,INC International Concepts Frauen Lilbeth Offener Zeh leger Platform Sandalen,Donna Spot On Slip On Apertura Sul Retro Sandali con Tacco,Neuf Ipanema Brésil Glamour Womens Tongs toutes les Tailles et les couleursBorn Champagne Leather Flower Jamaica Wedge Heeled Sandal 11 43 NEW,Cole Haan Womens Marisa NikeAir Sole Green Wedge Sandals Size 10 B,New Taryn Rose 8 M Beige Khaki Leather Strappy Open Toe Sandals,STEVEN by Steve Madden Womens Phoebiey Leather Open Toe Casual Slingback Sand...,Man's/Woman's Sbicca Women's Velveteen Ankle Bootie Special purchase Primary quality Elegant and robust menu,
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.
& Other Stories Leather Sandals, black size 41, NEWDolce & Gabbana leather slide - resort, made in Italy. Originally $495.,Steve Madden Women's Gracy GRAY Shoes SZ 7.5 M PRE OWNED 'ONCE' D7947Ladies Anne Michelle Sandals Style - L3943,$99 size 7 Nanette Lepore Peggy Black Heel Slide Mules Womens Sandals Shoes,Men/Women DVF Orange/Coral Leather Sandals Size 8M Louis, elaborate stable quality Perfect processing,Beacon Frauen Platform Sandalen Grau Groesse 12 US /43 EUDansko Size 7.5 38 Black Clog Wedges Sandals Ankle Strap Patent Leather,VISCATA Marquesa 3.25" Wedge Pump, Canvas, Slip-on, Closed Toe, EspadrillesNC Club by Nicole Womens Tan Low Heel Thong Sandal Shoes Size 6.5 M,las señoras Eaze Negro Sandalias de cuña con correa F3113**BareTraps Garnett Flip Flop, Women's Size 6 M, PewterNew Just Fab Women's Size 9 Poca 3 Buckle Ankle Strap Natural Sandals,Cliffs by White Mountain Women's ChambrayJessica Simpson Womens Rollison Open Toe Beach Slide SandalsBlack Leather Pedro Garcia Sandals, US 5, Wedge Heel, GORGEOUS!!,Born Hot Pink Wedge Sandals Size 8Men/Women TEVA Womens Slingbacks Sandals Size 11 We have won praise from our customers. Beautiful appearance Outstanding function,Classique Two Tone Red Wedge Sandals Size 11,MERRELL Black Leather Luxe Slide Sandals Womens Size 11Crocs Classic Clog Winter White Comfort Durable Practical Clogs Sandals SizeBirkenstock Arizona EVA Sandalen Badeschuhe Studded Badelatschen Pantolette Clog,La Redoute Collections Frau Sandaletten Mit SchnalleGentlemen/Ladies Softspots Women's Tela White Atondo Sandals Quality products Preferred material Recommended today,size 8 41 WOMENS TAN NUDE GREEN STRAPPY BLOCK MID HIGH HEEL SANDAL SHOES LADIES,VOLATILE Womens Thongs T-Strap Wedges Platform Sandals Pinkish Brown Black Sz 10,NWT Victoria's Secret VICTORIA SPORT Slide Sandals - White - Size Large (9-10),Ladies Spot On High Heeled Mule Sandal F10740,LADIES SPOT ON WEDGE SANDALS "NUDE PATENT" "F22115"Crocs 14558 Women's Brown Cyprus IV Heel Sandals EUC Size 10,