Transcript for Joe Biden on Final Presidential Debate 2012: 'Romney Not Ready'
I sat down with joe biden and paul ryan after last night's debate. And I began by asking about the foreign policy issues where the candidates seem to agree. It's fair to say that the debate has evaporated. Back when I was debating congressman ryan, there were these massive disagreements on everything about syria, libya, egypt, et cetera. And now, it's like -- I don't know. There was a conversion that took place here. I didn't see anything that the governor disagreed on. And he seemed to be desperately trying to demonstrate he agreed with the president's policies. It was sort of amazing. He did also, though, pivot to the economy again and again and again. Saying america cannot afford four more years like the last four. He did. But then when he talked about competitiveness, the very things he talked about would make us weak weaker internationally, as the president pointed out. He talked about the economy. But he fell back on all the statistics that the great recession left us with. But I didn't hear anything that would say that we'll increase our standing in the world by being economically stronger based on what he's asserting. The president's line on fewer horses and bayonets getting a lot of play on twitter and social media. And one said that that is not going to go down as the president's finer moments. He said it was demeaning to the military. Demeaning for the military for the president to say the truth that one aircraft carrier is probably more powerful than the entire united states navy was back then? This is a different navy, george. Our navy is superior to every other navy in the world combined. This is a fundamentally different navy that doesn't rest on the number of ships. It rests on the total capacity. As the president said, on one aircraft carrier, we have more power than most nations have in their air force. His team made up for the appearance in the first debate? He clearly made up for that. What governor romney showed today, and I felt a little badly because it's clear he is not ready to be the commander in chief of the united states military. He demonstrated a lack of sophistication of what's going on around the world. Being president requires a clear vision and a steady hand. That's exactly what president obama demonstrated tonight. And it's exactly what governor romney demonstrated was lacking.
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