BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) called Monday’s debate “a night of reckoning” for Mitt Romney, repeatedly saying the onus is on the Republican nominee to “show specificity” with regard to his foreign policy vision.
“The Romney campaign is trying to say to people, 'Well, if he just comes out there and shows he’s competent, he’ll be OK.' No. That’s not the standard for commander in chief,” Kerry told reporters in the spin room at Lynn University, the site of the third and final presidential debate.
“When I stood up with George Bush, I had to show that I had better ideas and I had to show specificity for what I wanted to do. And I believe everybody judged that I won that debate on foreign policy because I did that. Well tonight, you have to judge the specificity.”
Kerry said Romney had failed to do that on a host of issues, from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the "Arab Spring" and to the U.S. relationships with global powers like China and Russia. And where he has taken firm stands, they have at times been at odds with even members of his own party, offering a vote on the START treaty as one example.