Though the debate focused on foreign policy, both candidates pitched their domestic policies.
Part of Romney's five-point plan was to increase defense spending by two trillion dollars - I presume this is over a ten-year period, but like most of Romney's plan, it's vague. Last night, Romney suggested our Navy is the smallest its been since 1917. President Obama came back to state we have much fewer number of horses and bayonets. Comparing ships of 1917 to them in the present is like comparing the telegraph and smart-phones - as stated by a guest on an early MSNBC show.
Governor Romney pointed out that for stability in the Middle East, gender equality must be tackled. However, Mr. Romney was rather vague (or did not care) about equal pay for women in this country.
China was a topic, and it too morphed into domestic policy. Governor Romney apparently has forgotten that many of the going concerns his private equity firm bought into, exported jobs to China. China's currency manipulation was brought up by Romney, but the President has done more in dealing with that then presidents before him. In addition, the comment by the President about buying cars from China as compared to the United States exporting cars to China is something to contemplate, especially when the governor wrote an op-ed about not taking charge to rescue the auto industry other than a "managed bankruptcy" - which is a weak argument especially when the capital markets would not have been able to assist in this rescue.
Another aspect of the debate that shows Romney's true colors is bringing up the "apology tour". This talking point has been blathered about by Romney and the right, and of course, is false. When asked whether this is a "whopper" of a lie, a guest on an early morning news show indicated they researched all of Obama's speeches over seas, and gave this description four Pinocchioes.
In the end, we still have Mitt Romney either lying, or as President Obama has described on the campaign trail, a case of Romnesia - a condition where one does not remember what one has said or written anywhere from days ago to years ago.
What I saw from the last debate is someone (Romney) very plastic and not sincere. Yes, he showed his true colors, though you just don't know where this candidate stands - plastic and nothing (that is, clear).