Welcome and thanks for joining our live chat. Please welcome our political reporter John Kosich and political analyst Tom Sutton to the conversation.
Hey everybody welcome back!!!
Good to be with everyone - looking forward to a good discussion.
I always get back to my David Brinkley quote to Peter Jennings years ago "Remember Peter candidates don't come to debates to debate they come to give speeches, and they did!"
This will be a wide ranging debate - look for attention to China, Middle East, Iran, and trade.
The category foreign policy favors Obama but don't look for it to be too one sided either way because these two are on the same page on a lot of foreign policy issues.
Seated debate lends itself to civility, no space invading.
New mention - Mali and al Qaeda presence...interesting take from Romney - a Republican talking about diplomacy and not 'shooting our way out of conflict.'
Obama's international coalition around Libya and Ghaddafi - echoes of the George H.W. Bush Persian Gulf coalition...
You see the post first debate schooling in effect: Know you're always on camera!
Romney promoting foreign aid to the Muslim world? Another twist in the campaign path - keeps this interesting to watch. Is this a 'softer, kinder' Romney??
Here it comes - first swing by Obama - left hook...
"1980s calling to ask for their foreign policy back." First tweetable quote
Romney is bulldozing...trying to box out Obama and put him on the defensive...
After a one debate break, they're back to their red and blue ties
Women now part of the foreign policy debate - helping womens' rights in the Middle East...
International community is, practically speaking, NATO, plus threatened Middle East oil producing countries such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait...