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Sat Oct 6, 2012, 08:38 PM

Romney's debate showing puts Europe on edge

If this is a re-post, I apologize. The Reuters article, below, is very informative and powerful but, an easy read. It was originally published on 10/04, there are comments about the President's debate performance but, look beyond them; a Romney presidency is scaring the hell out of Europe. I couldn't pick the four best paragraphs to post, there too many good ones.

-DonViejo



(Reuters) - President Barack Obama's lackluster performance in the first U.S. election debate provoked uneasiness in European capitals on Thursday, where hopes are mostly, if unofficially, pinned on his securing a second term.

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In Europe, where leaders and finance officials have worked closely with the Obama administration over the past 2-1/2 years trying to resolve the euro area debt crisis, there was particular consternation at Romney's singling out of deficit-ridden Spain as a poorly administered economy.

"Romney is making analogies that aren't based on reality," Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo told reporters after a meeting of his centre-right party.

Leading Spanish daily El Pais highlighted the fact that Spain was the only European country mentioned, and contrasted Romney's negative depiction of it with Obama's praise for Spain's renewable energy policies during the 2008 campaign.

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read more:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/04/us-europe-us-debate-idUSBRE8930Y520121004

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 08:43 PM

1. Not surprising, with the way Europe is repeatedly disparaged by the right.

I don't vote for people that don't like me without even knowing me either. That's why I'm a Democrat.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 08:44 PM

2. Romney's no doubt thinking of Europe as a handful of takeovers to sell off

as with Bain Capital. Also, with Romney at the helm, there would clearly be more wars for profit, any not seeing that have their heads in the sand or up their butt. The US would absolutely become the most despised country on earth with Romney and his gang at the helm.


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 08:49 PM

3. Great...just great. He pisses off Europe even before he (hopefully not) becomes Potus

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:19 PM

4. "leaders and finance officials"

 

are not Europe. People are. And people in Europe know that "leaders and finance officials" don't represent them and speak for them, they are the enemy people. Finance officials of IMF are controlled by US and it's pointless to argue which is worse, IMF or ECB, same shit.

People in Europe respect Occupy people, not any American politicians. They are as much the enemy of European people as local sockpuppets of neoliberal banksters.

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Response to tama (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:32 PM

5. Did you read the entire article or just cherry pick one section to jump up and down about?

I was especially impressed with Reuters reporting Europeans are afraid of Mitt because they see his election as the return of the neo-cons.

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Response to DonViejo (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 11:50 PM

7. Now I read the whole article

 

Earlier today there was a poll in local tabloid asking "Are you afraid of euro-crisis countries falling into revolution"?

The comment answers were all the same: "Not afraid but wishing for." Let the elite leaders and finance guys and media middlemen be afraid of what ever. We can't afford to be afraid any more.

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Response to tama (Reply #7)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 08:24 AM

8. OK, so what's that got to do with the article I posted?

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Response to DonViejo (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:22 AM

10. The frame of the article

 

is totally out of touch with political reality in Europe.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:34 PM

6. biggest mistake of the campaign was Obama letting Romney off the hook in the debate...

that said, any gains will be temporary and the administration understands that next time they have to fight his lies forcefully in the debate.

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Response to WI_DEM (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:08 AM

9. Romney swallowed the hook and Obama gave him enough line to tangle himself and drown

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