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October 23, 2012

Third presidential debate was least-watched of the trio

  • 59.2MAmericans viewed last night’s third and final presidential debate — an affair which, while technically on the topic of foreign policy, was repeatedly dragged into the realm of battleground state politics by both candidates. This is the lowest viewership figure of the three, with the first debate notching the apex at 67.2 million. source
20:55 // 1 year ago
October 22, 2012

What the pundits think: Who won the debate, anyway?

  • Sully "He’s flawed; he’s made mistakes; but who hasn’t? If this man, in these times, with this record, against this opposition, does not deserve re-election, then I am simply at a loss for words. I have to believe the American people will see that in time.”
  • The Fix ”It was probably inevitable that a real discussion of America’s role in the world wasn’t going to happen amid polling that suggests that voters overwhelmingly care about the economy in this country.”
  • Hot Air ”Romney wanted to show the audience not just that he understands Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran, but that he’s unflappable even in a tense situation. Obama wasn’t facing that test so he could afford to be more aggressive, if only to impress his base. Because he was playing offense, I’ll bet that he wins the insta-polls. But that won’t matter; the bottom line is that Romney’s still on track.”
  • TPM “Obama seemed comfortable, happy. The visuals told the story. Romney was sweating a lot and looked like he was in pain. Into the second half of the debate Romney’s answers seemed more jumbled and unfocused. There was even that rambling and generally uncontroversial digression on Pakistan. Why? He seemed lost.”
  • Politico "Putting his disdain for Romney on vivid display, Obama said his challenger has been ‘all over the map’ on matters of war and peace and pushed back more aggressively than ever on some of Romney’s stock foreign policy attacks.”

And now, your turn. What do you think? And wasn’t Bob Schieffer such a bro?

23:27 // 1 year ago
22:51 // 1 year ago
I leave you with the words of my mom, who said ‘Go vote. It makes you feel big and strong.’
Bob Schieffer • Painting the end of the debate with the perfect closing statement.
22:35 // 1 year ago
Romney tried filibustering his auto industry answer. Obama pulled it away from him, saying “you’ve had the floor a while.” That Romney grin is the grin of a man who realized his answer didn’t help him one bit.

Romney tried filibustering his auto industry answer. Obama pulled it away from him, saying “you’ve had the floor a while.” That Romney grin is the grin of a man who realized his answer didn’t help him one bit.

22:29 // 1 year ago
U.S. exports have doubled since I came into office, to China, and currencies are at their most advantageous for exports since 1993.
President Obama, dancing the China dance with Mitt Romney. Romney’s “tough on China” rhetoric has been a staple of his campaign to date, as well as his condemnation of copyright infringements originating from China.
22:25 // 1 year ago
As this map from Slate points out, there have been five times as many unmanned drone attacks under Obama than there were under Bush.

As this map from Slate points out, there have been five times as many unmanned drone attacks under Obama than there were under Bush.

22:21 // 1 year ago
It’s widely reported that drones are being used in drone strikes, and I support that entirely.
Mitt Romney, answering a question many people wanted to be asked, and many doubted would be. On this issue, however, there’s no illuminating difference between one candidate and the other — both Romney and President Obama (obviously) support the current policy on drone strikes.
22:14 // 1 year ago
Bob Schieffer said “Obama Bin Laden,” which, let’s face it, every media outlet ever has done. Except most of us don’t do it in front of the president. (He didn’t make a big deal about it.)

Bob Schieffer said “Obama Bin Laden,” which, let’s face it, every media outlet ever has done. Except most of us don’t do it in front of the president. (He didn’t make a big deal about it.)

22:14 // 1 year ago
Governor, the problem is that on a whole range of issues, whether it’s the Middle East, Afghanistan, now Iran, you’ve been all over the map. i mean, I’m pleased that you’re now endorsing our policy to engage diplomatically… but two years ago, you said that was something you’d never do.
President Obama, taking another chance to strike his opponent on his consistency, or lack thereof, on foreign policy rhetoric. Obama has pushed hard on the impression that Romney changes his positions casually, which is true to a large extent. The reason this is an important method for Obama is because of Romney’s tact in this debate — strategically agreeing with Obama on broad policy strokes, but disputing particular decisions and policies with a much narrower focus.
22:05 // 1 year ago