Notes Rettig Gur: Obama’s mention of Israel a third time is as a “red line” on Egypt. Obama is very smart tonight. Using “red line” on Israel. Noting that Qaddafi is second only to Bin Laden in killing of Americans. He came prepared.
Romney’s key message: We won’t be strong around the world unless it has a strong economy. Quotes Admiral Mullen saying ‘our debt is our greatest security threat.’
Schieffer moves on now to America’s role in the world. Romney wants to promote human rights, dignity, elections… but “America must be strong, America must lead.” And that means a strong economy — Romney shifting to the economy at every opportunity, where he feels Obama is weak. “We have to also stand by our allies.” Speaks of “unfortunate” tension with Israel. And US has to stand “by our principles” — Obama made “an enormous mistake” in not helping Iranians rise up in 2009.