Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Presidential Candidate?

We live in the most partisan America some of us have ever seen. The choice in this election is huge. And most of us won't even consider voting for the other guy. So you should know your preferred candidate pretty well, right? Take this quiz and see.

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We live in the most partisan America some of us have ever seen. The choice in this election is huge. And most of us won't even consider voting for the other guy. So you should know your preferred candidate pretty well, right? Take this quiz and see.

We took some of the answers from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's debate and now give you the simple task of figuring out who said what. And don't give us that undecided voter schtick; we've been told several times that they don't exist. So, have at it (no Googling):

1. Who wants to arm Syrian rebels?

Candidate A: ... we have to do so making absolutely certain that we know who we are helping; that we’re not putting arms in the hands of folks who eventually could turn them against us or allies in the region.

Candidate B: ... And then make sure they have the arms necessary to defend themselves. We do need to make sure that they don’t have arms that get into the — the wrong hands. Those arms could be used to hurt us down the road.

2. Okay, we didn't say this would be easy. So moving on what about Israel and Turkey?

Candidate A: ... we coordinate this effort with our allies, and particularly with — with Israel. But the Saudi’s and the Qatari, and — and the Turks are all very concerned about this.

Candidate B: ... in consultation with our partners in the region, including Israel which obviously has a huge interest in seeing what happens in Syria; coordinating with Turkey and other countries in the region that have a great interest in this ...

3. What about Syrian friendship?

Candidate A: ... And we are making sure that those we help are those who will be friends of ours in the long term and friends of our allies in the region over the long term.

Candidate B: ... We want to make sure ... that in the years to come we see Syria as a friend, and Syria as a responsible party in the Middle East. This is a critical opportunity for America.

4. All the Syrians except Bashar al-Assad, right?

Candidate A: ... I am confident that Assad’s days are numbered.

Candidate B:  I believe that Assad must go. I believe he will go.

5. And what about the place of economics in the Middle East? 

Candidate A: ...we do have to develop their economic — their economic capabilities.

Candidate B: One, more economic development ... we push back and give them more economic development.

6.  How much do you support Israel again? 

Candidate A: And if Israel is attacked, we have their back, not just diplomatically, not just culturally, but militarily.

Candidate B: Israel is a true friend. It is our greatest ally in the region. And if Israel is attacked, America will stand with Israel .

7. Oh yeah, what about China? 

Candidate A: China has an interest that's very much like ours in one respect, and that is they want a stable world. They don't want war ... We don't have to be an adversary in any way, shape or form.

Candidate B: But with respect to China, China is both an adversary, but also a potential partner in the international community if it's following the rules.

8. And finally: 

Candidate A: Let me get back to foreign policy ... Can I just get back... —oh wait, just kidding, that was Bob Schieffer. You guys get a freebie.

So how was that? Harder than you expected right?  Don't lie. Before we give you the actual results (you can check our answers with this handy transcript), here's a scoring guide: 7 correct: Congratulations! You have a photographic memory, 4-6 correct: You are officially a high information voters, 1-3 correct: Don't worry, we couldn't tell them apart either, 0 correct: welcome to Undecidedstan!


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2. Romney is Candidate A

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5. Obama is Candidate A

6. Romney is Candidate A

7. Romney is Candidate A

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