Best line of the night:
When debate moderator Bob Schieffer asked each candidate to outline his foreign policy agenda, Romney offered a four-point plan and Obama offered half-hearted attempts at zingers. Romney responded with, “Attacking me is not an agenda.”
Second best line of the night:
Romney critiqued Obama for his apology tour throughout the Middle East saying that it demostrated weakness when our allies (and enemies for that matter) were looking for strength. Romney’s best examples on Israel:
“And, by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel. And, then, in those nations, and on Arabic TV, you said that America had been dismissive and derisive… Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators.”
Worst delivered (and possibly most inaccurate) line of the night:
The Obama campaign must have all banged their heads on the desk when President Obama flubbed what appeared to be an overly-prepared attempt at attacking Romney. Obama said:
“you said Russia [was the greatest geopolitical threat], in the 1980s, they’re now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.” Unfortunately, he appeared to be looking for a teleprompter when delivering the line and delivered it with a question mark at the end.
Biggest difference between Romney and Obama foreign policy:
Obama offered a plan on foreign policy that included nation building at home, which actually would be a domestic policy. Romney offered a vision that included increasing access to education and supporting the rule of law. Funny that Obama didn’t mention rule of law.
Both candidates offered economic development and gender equality as priorities in their foreign policy agenda.
Obama was trying to demonstrate that Romney doesn’t understand our military and only revealed his own ignorance when he said, “you mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed.”
Our military may be different, but the military actually has far more bayonets today than it did in 1916, as explained by the Washington Times. The U.S. military solicited 40,000 bayonets in 2011 alone. Of course, Obama might not know this fact since the country has had no budget for nearly 1,300 days.
Most awkward moment:
Rating dials turned way south when President Obama attempted to not only politicize killing Osama bin Laden, but to do so by also politicizing victims of 9/11.
“You know, after we killed bin Laden I was at ground zero for a memorial and talked to a young women who was four years old when 9/11 happened. And the last conversation she had with her father was him calling from the twin towers, saying ‘Peyton, I love you and I will always watch over you.’ And for the next decade, she was haunted by that conversation. And she said to me, ‘You know, by finally getting bin Laden, that brought some closure to me.'”
It was like a double header of offensive politicizing, and viewers were not amused.
Noticeably absent from all of the debates was the Fast and Furious scandal. Will President Obama ever have to answer for the deaths of border patrol agents and those across the border?
Nonetheless, most pundits do not believe the final debate will have much impact on polling, and opinions over who won the debate are mixed. But, in one tell-tale sign, the Obama campaign appears to have purchased a Google ad titled “Obama Wins Debate” with keyword debate performance.
If Obama has to buy Google ads to convince voters that he won the debate, he probably didn’t win the debate. Or, at least, even he doesn’t think so.