1030 pm – okay, moving into closing statements. I’ll just listen. Liveblogging over.
1028 pm -Mitt says American such a prosperous nation, it’s a shame what’s happened in last four years.
1027 pm – are closing statements scheduled? We’ve got 3 minutes left.
1024 pm – Ooooh, Mitt’s feelings are hurt. Obama called him names. And again, more lying. It’s getting to Obama. Mitt is slimey smooth. Obama is frustrated and pissed. Solyndra!!! Romney is doing that condescension again. And he can overtalk anyone. The man is unbeleivable. Just unbeleivable. He just talks and talks and talks and he lies and lies and lies. Quite remarkable.
1023 pm – Obama: America is a Pacific power. So there.
1021 pm – Obama – we’re not buying cars from China, we’re selling cars to China! US exports to China have doubled since ’09. So, Mitt?
1019 pm – BUT, currency manipulator!! Day One! So now he’s listing all the bad bad things China is doing,, but, you know, not an adversary in any shape or form. Egad.
1015 pm – Obama: China adversary and potential partner. Mitt: First, government bad. “we don’t have to be an adversary in any shape or form’. I cannot beleive he just said that! Is Mitt chiding prez for not being nice enough to China?
THIS THING is a draw so far. Romney, lying little shit that he is, sounds strong. He’s been reminded of his manners, and that helps. Obama is strong and I think he’s getting a bit pissed with the lying . . .
1010 pm – Schieffer just said “obama’ for “osama’.. Nice.
1008 pm – Obama: we’re are so getting out of Afghanistan!
1004 pm – Romney talking Afghan as if he were president and listing all that he’s done and how good it is. But, Pakistan!! Some people think it doenst matter (oh, not you Mr. President). O Christ, he wants benchmarks for Pakistan. He’s going to fix Pakistan.
1003 pm – Romney tried the talk over moderator again. Scheiffer shut him down and it passed. Someone obviously had a cautionary word with Mitt before tonight
958 pm – Obama didn’t have fundraisers when he went to Israel. Romney took donors with him. So there! Ooooh, Romney says he has such a great relationshhip with Netanyahu, Israel wouldn’t do anything like bomb Iran without talking to Mitt first. They’re close. Really close.
956 pm – Romney says it’s four years later than when Obama came into office. And he hurt Israels’ feelings.
953 pm – oooh, Mitt’s saying Chavez and other scary names.
Obama didn’t save Iran – he was probably dreaming of socialist utopias. Also, Romney doing some serious lying here.
950 pm – here comes that creepy smile again. He’s smirking – who knew the man could smirk?
947 pm – Mitt repeating Obama’s words re Iran. He seems to think his words are original. Sanctions? Mitt called for them five years ago, so I guess that’s why we have them today. But he would of course ‘tighten’ them. Does he know Iran’s currency has crashed? He’ll launch diplomatic efforts – clever lad. He thinks Prez Ahmajinidad should be dragged before world court for genocide because of what he said? Puzzling.
946 pm – stupid Israel question. Is an attack on them an attack on us? (Does Schieffer watch the news?)
944 pm – Obama. We don’t have as many ships as whenever, true. But we also don’t have as many horses or bayonets.
940 pm – Barry on military for a minute or two. Somehow Mitt is talking again. And boy oh boy! He balanced budgets lots of them. Romney won’t cut military. Sinking down to Limbaugh type talking points about numbers of ships and planes and the sequester.
939 pm – Romney is utterly shameless. Absolutely shameless. Taking credit for stuff he didn’t do. Insisting he did it. And he’s still talking. Obamacare goes! He’ll cut ‘programs’. Balanced budget – presto!
937 pm – I’d like to see who ends up having had more speaking time. Sure feels like Romney right now.
932 pm – Mitt said our alliances are weak. Barry says Romney wants to go back to Bush/Cheney days. Mitt says he has a plan too. He’ll get America working again. Five Steps!!!!! Energy independance! More trade! Latin America! China? Meh, China doesn’t matter. Latin America! Schools! Kids! Balanced budget! Or we’re Greece ya’know. Champion small business!!
931 pm – Mitt’s been speaking for a long long time. Also, we blew it in Iran.
930 pm – Mitt loves our military and allies. And America. And guess what, we have 42 allies. Obama destroyed America! Mitt going all flag waving and bumper sticker. America must be strong. America must leave. But Obama ruined economy – no jobs, bad bad Obama, what a mess he made. Also, our military needs to be stronger. Again!
925 pm – Barry talking Egypt – Israel, women, counter terrorism – talking region, goals of peoples there. Mitt says he agreed with Obama re Egypt at time of revolution, except, see, Obama blew it cuz he didn’t see it coming and control every single second of the revolution.
920 pm – question: would you do no fly zones in Syria? Mitt – no military intervention. None. But still, Obama screwing it up. Ahhh, ‘we have to make sure they have the arms they need’. Again, pretty much exactly what we’re doing right now.
918 pm -Barry: intervening has risks and is very serious. Who is the ‘opposition’. Romney: Syria important! Israel! Seeing to replacement govt be responsible people. No war! Actually,, he’s basically rephrasing everything Obama just said. He’s talked about Isreal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia – no mention of Jordan, Lebanon or Turkey who are being pulled in right now??? Hey Mitt, what about them?
915 pm – Syria bad bad bad. Barry talking, Mitt can’t wait to hit back.
914 pm part deux – Barry is saying Commander in Chief a lot. Romney looking over with that genuinely creepy smile of his.
914 pm – arguing! Anyone involved in a drinking game can now take a sip
911 pm – Re Romney’s earlier claim that Russia is our greatest foreign threat: “The 1980’s are calling,, they want their foreign policy back.” Obama to Romney. Good.
908 pm – Barry didn’t say bin Laden. (but he wanted to!)
907 pm – Mitt says we can’t kill our way out of this mess. Peacenik.
906 pm – Barack looks steely eyed.
904 pm – Libya!
901 pm – the rules are, oh hell,, who cares.
9 pm – And we’re off.