SPEAKERS: FORMER GOV. MITT ROMNEY, R-MASS.,
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
BOB SCHIEFFER, MODERATOR
Hush Puppies Mariska Women's Heeled Sandal SZ 7,Steve Madden Women's Jessy Sandal, Black Leather, Size 9.5 O2C3 US / 7.5 UK,LADIES SAVANNAH SLIP ON MULE SUMMER SANDALS CORAL "F0760"Qupid Purple Velvet Heels Size 9 Heel 5” Front 1.25”,Men/Women Kurt Geiger Leather Sandals Size 6 Good world reputation Fast delivery Great choice,Mark Lemp Classics Women's Jessy Pump Black Size 11.0Switch flops by Lindsay Phillips Medium Monique,Naot Women's IT 9 Purple Blue Leather Kimberly Wedge Sandals Cork VGUC,Women's Studded Flats Tan Slider Ladies Strappy Slip On Sandals Girls Shoes 3-8,Men's/Women's womens well worn shoes wholesale Price reduction Immediate delivery,Brown Sandals with adjustable back strap by JJ,Black Platform Heels Small Platform Size 5 Diamante Bow,Alfani Lyrra Women Shoes Silver Pumps Open Toe Sz 5 M,Bandolino 8.5 M WOMEN'S BLACK ME 2.5" HEELS,Gentleman/Lady Next Black Snakeskin Effect Court 4.5 Fine processing Orders are welcome Outstanding function,Mix No 6 Lole Womens Heeled Sandals Beige 7 US / 5 UK gGtp,Ladies Red 4 1/2 Inch Heels Suede Material Size,New Look Womens sparkle gold/silver shoes size 6 used great condition,Man/Woman Gabor Black patent shoes size 4.5 Elegant and sturdy set meal a wide range of products Rich on-time delivery,Roger Vivier Leopard silk Pink Panthere slingback pumps 11.5 11 1/2 10,NEW Alegria Loti Black Glitter Embossed Leather Sandals! Size 39 Euro 9-9.5 US,Gentlemen/Ladies white and blue shoes 5 superior Has a long reputation wonderful,Ladies Savannah Rose Trim PVC Toe Post Sandals ~ K,Ausverkauf damen-savanne L6736 flach Knöchelriemen Freizeit Sandale 2 Mehrfarben,Ladies Black Shoes 5.5 38.5 Clarks KMerrell 'Jacardia' Womens Sport Sandals Black US 5 Fantastic Condition!,FREE 4 Color Fitflop Woman fashion Body sculpting flip-flops US Size:5 6 7 8 9,LADIES ANNE MICHELLE DIAMANTE T BAR OPEN TOE EVENING SANDALS L3893Women's Sandals OTBT Meditate in Hickory Brown Size 8,Swedish Hasbeens Toffel Clog Sandal Peep Toe Leather Super High 39 9 US Black,
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.
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.
Aravon Women 9 D Wide Bronze Animal Print Flip Flop Sandals Shoes,BRAND NEW LADIES PEEP TOE SIDE ELASTIC HIGH HEEL FASHION PARTY SANDALS,Gorgeous Funky Red Herring Black/White Patent 5.5” heel 2” platform sandals,Spot On! Ladies Strappy canvas Wedge Nude or Black F1942 (R8A),Spot On f1916 pour femmes Brun Imprimé motif serpent talon bloc liègeLunar ladies sandals brand new in box /38,EARTH SHOE GELRON 2000 Black Green Beaded Sandals Flip Flops Thongs Sz 10 AztecSeychelles Women's Coast Platform Slide Sandal Mid Blue Size 7.0 9lOu,NEW LOOK WEDGED SANDAL SHOE SIZE 4 TAN ZIP UP AT HEEL USED ONCE,Gentlemen/Ladies Redherring girls Shoes size 5/ New Listing The latest technology Diversified new designMan/Woman Ladies New Faith Shoes 6 Crazy price Won highly appreciated and widely trusted at home and abroad Simple,Ladies F&F Black Colour Peep Toes Medium Heels Size 5 Shoes- Good Condition.,Slides With Buckle Strap Sandals Size Women's 7- 71/2,Spot On Ladies High Platform Wood Clog Peep Toe Sandals,Ladies Sandals - Gladiator Style - Hand Made - NEVER WORN! Size 8,DREAM PAIRS Women's Formosa_10 Low Platform Wedges Ankle Strap SandalsGentlemen/Ladies Primark Suede Shoes Size 4 Modern and elegant fashion High-quality materials have fun,Gentleman/Lady BLACK BALLROOM HEELS AU SIZE 8 durable Win the praise of customers Elegant and robust menuMen's/Women's Rhinestone Embellished Shoes Quality queen Won highly appreciated and widely trusted at home and abroad cheaper,Man's/Woman's Ladies Savannah Sandals L6736 We have won praise from our customers. Win the praise of customers King of the crowd,Savannah F0R806 Ladies Flip Flop Glitter Toe Post Sandal Pink (R7A),Gentlemen/Ladies Mesdames sur terre Sandales à enfiler the most convenient special promotion As of the latest modelDOLCE & GABBANA Shoes 596043 Black 38,HOHE ROT PUMPS NDAMEN SCHUHE NIETEN STILETTO X87 ELEGANT RED HIGH HEELS,Man/Woman MNG Red Heels Size 9 for you to choose delicate SimpleLadies Jigsaw Green Metalic Bow Wedge Shoes Size 3/36,Ladies Wedge Heel Sandals By Bass 9M Black Open Toe And Heel,Man's/Woman's Womens Reef Shoes Size 10 Diverse new design Comfortable touch Global sales,SALE Ladies F10397 Silver synthetic mule sandals by DOWN TO EARTH NOW,Paul Green Marissa Slide Sandal - Women's Size 7.5 - Silver