Obama and Romney enter. Greet each other and Schieffer. He reminds them of the 50th anniversary we’re marking of the Cuban missile crisis. And he begins with a question on Libya — the killing of Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Romney talks about the “disturbing events” that have followed the Arab spring — killings in Syria, the terrorist attack in Libya, “a Muslim Brotherhood president in Egypt” and a “reversal” of hopes in the region. Notably, Iran is four years closer to a nuclear weapon.
The region has to be persuaded to reject Islamic extremism.
Obama responds by saying he’s kept the American people safe. Al-Qaeda’s core leadership has been decimated. The US has “transitioned” in Afghanistan. The US is making new friends around the world. And on Libya, the US will go after those who killed the ambassador and three other Americans.