“President Obama’s experience as a foreign policy practitioner over the past years provided him with advantages. On Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and the U.S. military, he spoke with knowledge and authority that, frankly, comes as a result of daily, continual and detailed briefings on the most critical national security issues we confront — and which also comes through his four-year development of a clear set of perspectives on foreign policy (whether you agree with them or not).
“Governor Romney was at a disadvantage that was apparent, in part reflected in his tacking toward domestic policy — a ground on which he is more comfortable. On the issues in the debate, Governor Romney seemed on less certain a footing, and had difficulty sharply distinguishing his positions from the Obama Administration. He did argue that President Obama has been too timid, for example, on Iran. But he was limited in his capacity to make that case, given the American public’s fatigue about the deployment of U.S. troops abroad, — Eric Schwartz, Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs via MPR News.