During his post-debate analysis on Fox News, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer argued GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney won Monday night’s final presidential debate unequivocally, saying “Obama went very, very small — shockingly small.”
“I think it’s unequivocal — Romney won,” Krauthammer said. “And he didn’t just win tactically but strategically. Strategically, all he needed to do is basically a draw. He needed to continue the momentum he’s had since the first debate.”
He continued: “Tactically, he simply had to get up there and show that he’s a competent man and somebody you can trust as commander-in-chief, a man who knows every area of the globe and he gave a lot of interesting extra details…which gave the impression that he knows what he’s talking about.
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But there’s a third level, Krauthammer explained. He said “Romney went large” while “Obama went very, very small — shockingly small.”
He also pointed out that Romney made a “strategic decision” not to aggressively go after the president on Libya and Syria or other areas so Obama couldn’t accuse him of being a “Bush-like war monger.”
“Now, I would have gone after Obama on Libya with a baseball bat, but that’s why Romney has won elections and I have never even contested them,” Krauthammer added.
What Romney did concentrate on is the “big picture,” he explained.
“The high point of that debate for Romney is when he devastatingly leveled the charge of Obama going around the world on an apology tour. Obama’s answer was: ‘ask any reporter and they will tell you it wasn’t so.’ That’s about as weak an answer you can get,” Krauthammer said.
As Obama attacked Romney with petty charges like investing in companies in China, Romney stayed focused on the real issues in the debate, according to Krauthammer. Obama’s attacks were something you would expect in a race for “city council,” he concluded.
“That’s not what you expect from the president.”