A small group of Democrats gathered at Perry's Restaurant in Odenton Monday to watch the final debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-21) was among the watchers of the debate, which focused on foreign policy.
Rosapepe, a former United States ambasaddor to Romania, said Obama came out ahead in the debate and criticized what he called Romney's inconsistent foreign policy stances.
"Obama is tough in going after our enemies and he is respectful of our allies," Rosapepe said while watching the final moments of the debate. "He wants more friends for America, not more enemies. Romney is all over the map. There's not clarity, and that's very dangerous for our country."
Rosapepe listened intently during portions of the debate relating to Libya, Syria, Egypt and Iraq.
He chuckled along with others in the room when Obama referred to the military having "fewer horses and bayonets," in response to Romney's criticism of a shrinking Navy.
Rosapepe acknowledged, however, that it was the economy, not foreign policy, that has topped the list of voter concerns.
"Most people care about the economy, and I understand that. But to the extent people care about our national security—and everybody cares about our national security—President Obama demonstrated that he's tough and he's smart. And that's what you want in a president."
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