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juliette kayyem

A night to woo women voters

Who knew it was Ladies’ Night in Boca Raton? Governor Mitt Romney tried to woo the female vote Monday night at the final presidential debate by playing the guy next door. It was too late and too forced.

This was not Romney the tough guy, pounding his fist to protect America as he often did during the primaries. His stinging criticism of the president was that he hasn’t spent enough effort on women’s empowerment in the Middle East. His “red line” policy on Iran was tempered, as he focused on diplomacy and sanctions more than preemptive strikes. Romney even ruled out the possibility of military intervention in Syria, far more peacenik than Obama. In appealing to a less-violent foreign policy, Romney repeated twice that “we can’t kill our way out of this mess.”

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