Monday night, as we all know, was the last of the three presidential debates. This debate was focused on the foreign policies of president Obama, and soon the be president Mitt Romney. So what were my opinions of the debate, who won, and what were some of the important topics brought up?
First off Romney was definitely the winner of this debate. There were moments when he didn’t seem as on fire as others, but seeing the candidates side by side and listening to their answers, one thing was clear, Mitt Romney was definitely the most presidential of the two. He kept Obama on the hot seat most the debate, though he missed some great opportunities to bring to light Obama’s handling of the Benghazi attack. During most of the debate Obama seemed to be giving Romney, what most in the twitter-verse were calling “The Death Stare,” ninety percent of the time. I couldn’t tell if he was trying to listen really, really intently, or if he was just thinking that if the table wasn’t as wide I would try to punch this guy.
The most memorable and best Romney moment of the night had to be when he brought up the Obama’s apology tour when he made the rounds in the middle east. He seem to be on the attack most the night, at least more than previously I thought. At one point, Romney was talking and Obama tried interrupting, Romney calmly turned to Obama and said “I’m still speaking.” It was great.
This time around Obama did not do all that great, in my opinion. He definitely seemed to be in attack mode, always attacking Romney’s stance on an issue, or a statement made in the past. Other than a few times, didn’t seem to stutter as much as usual, but I honestly didn’t see the Obama of the last debate. He kept using the same talking points over and over again, in fact some of the talking points he repeated three or four times in the debate, literally word for word. He seemed a pretty arrogant when speaking to Romney, Especially when he was blasting him about the Navy and how we don’t use bayonets and horses as much in war anymore.
“Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship where we’re counting ships. It’s — it’s what are our capabilities.”
I decided to fact check this statement this morning. When it comes to the bayonets remark I found it interesting to learn that bayonet and knife combat training is on the rise. Meaning it is something that is and will be used in the future of war. Also horse use is on the rise in the military and has always been used for things such as soldiers funerals. Another thing to mention is that we technically don’t use battle ships anymore. The last battle ship in active duty was the USS Missouri and was decommissioned in 1992. Currently there are no battle ships being used in the navy. I have read tweets from Obama supporters saying he was dumbing things down for Romney, but the way he said them showed true arrogance. Overall, I would say Obama was aggressive and constantly on the attack against Romney. He did have a little more composure than the last debate, but at times you could tell that he was mad.
As I mentioned before Romney should have capitalized on the Benghazi attacks and the way the current administration handled it. This was one point that I think would have put Romney over the top, and would have brought a lot of undecided voters to his camp. He did bring it up a little bit in the last debate, but this was the one to drive that home. I think this cost him a little bit, and was the most important point to bring to undecided voters attentions.
I tried to pay special attention to the moderator this time. Bob Schieffer was without a doubt the best moderator of the three debates. He seemed to stay out of the conversation except to move it along, unlike Candy Crowley. I don’t know much about him except that he host ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS, but even if he is partisan to the democrats, like most the MSM, he did a good job of hiding that last night. Their were a couple of gaffes last night, or Biden-isms as my friends and I like to call them. The best gaffe however was from Bob Schieffer when he mistakenly called Osama Bin Laden, Obama’s Bin Laden. It took a second for it to sink in and we had a good laugh at our debate party.
Romney’s closing statements seemed kind of dull to me last night. They weren’t bad, but his closing statement from last weeks debate was definitely the better of these two. Obama’s, on the other hand, was the same as always, basically, it’s still Bush’s fault and Romney is a liar. I read an article from TheBlazeyesterday that kind of put things into perspective. Governor Chris Christie said “If Obama can’t change Washington from the inside, what the hell is he doing asking for another four years?”