The focus of the Oct. 22 presidential debate was foreign policy, but neither President Obama nor former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lost sight of the central campaign issue of revitalizing the United States economy. Moreover, both candidates weaved energy policy into their visions for the economy during their third and final nationally televised exchange before the Nov. 6 election.
In response to a question about the United States’ role in the world by debate moderator and veteran CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer, both candidates seized opportunities to tout their plans to make the country less reliant on energy imports.
Obama pointed out that “doing everything we can to control our own energy” is one component of his administration’s plan to “start rebuilding America” and help spur job creation domestically.
“We’ve cut our oil imports to the lowest level in two decades because we’ve developed oil and natural gas,” said Obama.
Obama’s campaign regularly touts an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, but a full transcript of the debate from the Washington Post reveals that he did not mention two energy sources used to generate roughly 60 percent of the country’s electricity: coal and nuclear. He did, however, promote the development of “clean energy technologies that will allow us to cut our exports in half by 2020.” (One can assume that he was referring to oil imports rather than “exports” in the preceding statement.)
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