The Final Presidential Debate of 2012

by Ryan on October 23, 2012

in Election 2012,International Relations,Media,Media Bias,Politics

The final Presidential Debate of the 2012 election season took place last night.  The topic was foreign policy and the affair was moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS News.

Honestly, I didn’t watch it (I was a bit under the weather and barely made it through the Monday Night Football kickoff), nor have I watched it on YouTube yet.

It’s kind of neat experiencing this debate like most Americans do — from sound bytes and video clips selected by others.  From all that, it seemed to me like this debate was another inkblot exercise:  on the right, Charles Krauthammer called it an “unequivocal” Romney win, while those on the left felt that Obama “pummeled” Romney. Here’s a highlight clip:

No one seems to think Romney won on points, but those like Rush seem to think that Romney played more passive in this debate to seem more poised and reasonable, allowing Obama to look petty and annoyed in order to erode Obama’s likeability quotient.  Who knows?  The Luntz focus group thought Obama won the debate, but they were convinced Romney’s better on the economy.  Meanwhile a CBS focus group gave Romney a clear edge.

Two weeks from today we’ll finally get a chance to vote in this election.  From what I gather, this debate was not a game changer and was the least watched of the three, drawing about 60 million viewers — a possible sign that more people are making up their minds.

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