Questions for the candidates at the final presidential debate - Washington Post
Bob Schieffer, moderator of Monday’s foreign policy debate, should ask President Obama and Mitt Romney to state their beliefs about a president’s power to send U.S. forces to fight without authorization of Congress.
He could follow up on an answer Romney gave him about Iran’s nuclear program on June 17 on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Schieffer asked Romney about conservative columnist William Kristol’s suggestion that Obama ought to ask Congress for authorization to use military force as a signal of his willingness to use U.S. might to stop Iran from producing a nuclear weapon.
Schieffer: “What’s your take on that?”
Romney’s initial response was political. “This president [Obama] has communicated in some respects that, well, he might even be more worried about Israel taking direct military action than he is about Iran becoming nuclear.”
He went on: “I can assure you if I’m president, the Iranians will have no question but that I would be willing to take military action, if necessary, to prevent them from becoming a nuclear threat to the world.”
That was a fairly clear statement, but what he added could be one of Schieffer’s first questions Monday since it involves his view of presidential war-making powers.