TOLEDO, Ohio — Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he was gratified to see Republican nominee Mitt Romney suddenly “rushing to agree” with so many of President Obama’s foreign-policy approaches at the pair’s third and final debate Monday night in Boca Raton, Fla.
“I was stunned and pleased that Gov. Romney had disavowed so many things he's said in the past and acknowledged, and acknowledged, acknowledged that the president was right on so many things,” Biden told a rally crowd of about 1,500 at the University of Toledo.
“Some days they go out there and rattle the sabers, some days they are doves carrying olive branches,” Biden said of Romney and running mate Paul Ryan. “The only thing consistent, the only thing consistent about the way they talk about policy, is that they are inconsistent. That's the only thing.”
Biden said that “it's clear by now to the American people that the difference in our policies, and I would submit, in our value system, is profound."
After Romney’s low-key debate performance, in which he endorsed Obama’s handling of a number of problems, that may hold true more for economic and social policies than global affairs. On topics including Iran, Syria, Israel, Egypt, Afghanistan, and terrorism, many debate analysts concluded that the differences on display between Romney and Obama had more to do with tone than substance.