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2012 Debate Live Blog (No. 3)

RAPID REACTIONS FROM THE 3rd PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE BETWEEN BARACK OBAMA AND MITT ROMNEY For the third and (thank God) final time, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. President Barack Obama will meet each other in a presidential debate on the campus of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. For…

RAPID REACTIONS FROM THE 3rd PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE BETWEEN BARACK OBAMA AND MITT ROMNEY

For the third and (thank God) final time, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. President Barack Obama will meet each other in a presidential debate on the campus of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

For those of you keeping score at home, Romney crushed Obama in the first debate – reviving his flagging electoral fortunes in the process.  In the second debate – which we called a split decision – Obama was much feistier (albeit not much more factual).  Does that mean we believe there is any real difference between these two candidates?  Of course not – and we’ve said so on multiple prior occasions.

Let’s face it: Neither Romney nor Obama will materially reduce the size of government or put a stop to our reckless deficit spending and loose monetary policy.  So while they may argue vehemently at the margins … remember, in the words of Shakespeare, it’s all “sound and fury.”

This debate will focus on America’s foreign policy – which has been largely overlooked this election cycle as voters are far more focused on the status of the American economy.  However, the September 11, 2012 murder of four Americans (including a U.S. Ambassador) in Benghazi, Libya has somewhat elevated the debate.

Our view on the issue?  You’re welcome to it here, if you care …

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11:08 p.m. – Solid recap of the debate from Net Right Daily – outlining how Mitt Romney managed the expectations game.

11:06 p.m. – Interesting … Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post is scoring the third debate as a clear victory for Barack Obama, saying “Obama controlled the third presidential debate in a way not all that dissimilar from the way Romney controlled the first one.”

Sic sez: That’s overstating it a bit, we think. 

11:03 p.m. (via FB) Chris Barczak says: “It is absolutely ridiculous if you think there is a shred of difference in foreign policy between these two candidates. Both support the continued failed interventionist policy that will cause the fall of our nation.”

Sic sez: Hard to argue with that assessment …

10:56 p.m. – Leave it to The Onion! 

10:50 p.m. – Takeaway from tonight’s debate? We should all probably learn to speak Chinese … quickly.

10:48 p.m. – (via Twitter) @GovGaryJohnson says: “Tonight we saw two men with two very different plans… on how to increase our debt & decrease our civil liberties.”

10:46 p.m. – Shoutout to Nancy Mace (@NancyMace) – my partner in crime here at FITS – for running our Twitter page AGAIN tonight.  Lots of action as usual … nice work!

10:41 p.m. – Do I really have to recap this debate for the people who were lucky enough to watch Da Bears or Game 7? Yes … yes I do.

10:37 p.m. – The third debate in a nutshell:  Two neocons arguing the margins regarding a host of nations that America should have absolutely nothing to do with …

10:36 p.m. – The question …

10:34 p.m. – Wow. Bob Scheiffer made it through the debate without falling asleep … or dying.

10:32 p.m. – Mitt Romney – “America is the hope of the earth … we need to maintain America as the hope of the earth.”

Sic sez: No … we need for America to be the hope of America.

1o:31 p.m. – Barack Obama – “After a decade of war it’s time to do some nation building here at home.”

10:30 p.m. – @RandyPage says: “SC must be the Israel of the South. (Obama)  has been to GA, TN and NC as president – but hasn’t been to SC yet.

10:28 p.m. – The debate is ending (thank God) on an economic note as Romney rattles off the damning statistics of Obama’s (mis)handling of the American economy … “it’s just a tragedy in a nation as prosperous as ours that the last four years have been so hard.”

10:26 p.m. – My prediction?  This debate is a wash … neither candidate will pick up support, neither candidate will lose any support.  Of course the same could be said for the last debate.

10:24 p.m. – Mitt Romney: “I’m a son of Detroit, I was born in Detroit, my dad was the head of a car company.”

10:22 p.m. – Barack Obama to Mitt Romney: “If we’d taken your advice on Detroit, we’d be buying cars from China not selling cars to China.”

Sic sez: That’s an effective line … although it in no way condones the Bush bailouts of the auto industry. 

10:21 p.m. – As we noted during the last live blog, this is why we can’t mess with China … they own us.

10:20 p.m. – Mitt Romney: China is winning a silent trade war. “We can’t just surrender and lose jobs every year.”

10:18 p.m. – Mitt Romney: “On Day One I will label (China) a currency manipulator.”  Heard that a few debates ago … right?

10:15 p.m. –  (via Twitter) @boone_Mark says “picturing Will Ferrel in character as Alex Trebeck moderating this debate.”

10:14 p.m. – Barack Obama left Iran off the list of nations where the United States “stood with democracy.”

10:13 p.m. – My position on drones? We’re listening to two of them …

10:11 p.m. – What is the position of the candidates on drones???? This is officially the most boring debate ever.

10:10 p.m. – (via FB) S.C. Rep. Dan Hamilton says: “It is ironic these men are talking about countries that 90% of Americans couldn’t pick out on a map.”

Sic sez: They stole the maps, dude. They stole the maps.

10:09 p.m. – Barack Obama: “Veteran unemployment is lower now than when I took office.”

10:08 p.m. – Our latest post on Afghanistan …

10:06 p.m. – (via Twitter) @Marines1994 says “Yes Mr. President, you have taken trips: Leno, The View, Vegas, Letterman, and golfing.”

10:05 p.m. – (via FB)  S.C. Rep. Tommy Stringer says: “‘Apology Tour’ should be what Obama does after he loses the election.”

10:04 p.m. – Now the debate moves to Afghanistan: Yet another country I could give a FUCK about (except for getting us the FUCK out of it).

10:03 p.m. – Barack Obama on killing Osama bin Laden: “When we bring those who do harm to us to justice, we send a message to the rest of the world.”

10:01 p.m. –  (via FB) @SCGubers says: “No American, no matter your politics, wants to hear that America has lost influence. Romney’s argument won’t work #debate2012

9:58 p.m. – Bob Schieffer asks “what would you do if Israel’s prime minister calls and says ‘we’re attacking Iran … our bombers are on the way.'”  Romney dodges.

Sic sez: Correct answer? “Do what you gotta do … not our problem.”

9:57 p.m. – Barack Obama responding to Mitt Romney’s allegations of an “Apology Tour” by saying that he has “credibility” because he has stood on the “right side of history.”

9:56 p.m. – Chicago Bears 10, Detroit Lions 0. Four minutes to go in the first half …

9:54 p.m. – Mitt Romney: “Iran has 10,000 centrifuges spinning uranium.”

9:54 p.m. – Mitt Romney says America’s enemies in Iran “saw weakness where they expected strength.”

9:54 p.m. – Damn … Mitt Romney is 3-for-3 pronouncing “Mahmoud Ahmadinejad”

9:53 p.m. – Here’s the latest on Iran’s nuclear program from the Heritage Foundation …

9:53 p.m. – Hey @NancyMace are you getting bored RTing all this stuff?  Love ya!

9:52 p.m. – (via Twitter) @MichaelSSmithII says “Nothing short of regime change will deter gov’t of Iran from pursuing nukes, sponsoring terrorism.”

Sic sez: But where’s the yellow cake?

9:50 p.m. – I give Mitt Romney credit for saying “Mahmoud Ahmadinejad” twice and not mispronouncing it.

9:48 p.m. – Iran … they be CRAY CRAY …

9:46 p.m. – Barack Obama: “We cannot have a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region of the world.”

9:45 p.m. – Barack Obama: “As long as I’m president of the United States, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon.”

9:44 p.m. – Barack Obama mocking Mitt Romney: “We have these things called aircraft carriers … you can land planes on them.”  Compares Romney’s military policy to a game of “Battleship.”  Says he is focusing on the equipment, not the strategy.

9:44 p.m. – Barack Obama on sequestration of funds for U.S. military: “It will not happen.”

9:43 p.m. – Mitt Romney – U.S. Navy at its smallest size since 1917, U.S. Air Force at its smallest size since 1947.

9:41 p.m. – Barack Obama: “We need to be thinking about space.”

Sic sez: Ummmm … then why is your National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) thinking about this?

9:40 p.m. – Barack Obama is now launching his salvo on Mitt Romney’s proposed military spending increases “which the military isn’t asking for.”  I sense a memorable line coming …

9:39 p.m. – WHOA … Mitt Romney just said he will get rid of Obamacare on “Day One … TO THE EXTENT IT’S POSSIBLE.”

Sic sez: Ruh-roh …

9:39 p.m. – Bob Schieffer asks Mitt Romney “where are you going to get the money?” for his additional military spending …

9:38 p.m. – After Barack Obama raises the education issue, Mitt Romney points out that Massachusetts ranked No. 1 in both math and reading scores …

9:36 p.m. – After a half hour of talking about foreign policy issues that no one cares about, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are shifting back to domestic issues …

9:35 p.m. – (via FB) WLTX news anchor JR Berry says “Romney’s sweating….bad. anybody remember how bad nixon sweated against kennedy in their debate?”

9:34 p.m. – (via FB) Bill Pickle says “so far a very average to below average performance by both candidates.”

9:33 p.m. – Barack Obama accuses Mitt Romney of pursuing “wrong and reckless policies.”

Sic sez: Wait … has Romney been president the last four years?

9:32 p.m. – (via FB) Afghan veteran Bill Connor says “OK, Mitt needs to open about about the deception and ineptitude following the Bengazi terrorist incident.”

9:31 p.m. – Barack Obama says “America is the one indispensable nation,” claims the country is “stronger than when I took office four years ago.”

Sic sez: Rrrrrreally?

9:30 p.m. – Mitt Romney: “I will not cut our military budget.”

Sic sez: Again … why not?

9:29 p.m. – “America has the responsibility and the privilege of promoting freedom around the world.”

9:28 p.m. – (via FB) Robin Biro says: “I’m delighted to know that Gov Romney wants to “get the bad guys.” So eloquent… If I were a 3rd-grader.”

9:27 p.m. – Mitt Romney “We want a peaceful planet … that’s our purpose.”

9:26 p.m. – (via FB) Brian Barrie says “Isn’t arming the resistance in Afghanistan in the 80s how we ended up with Osama Bin Laden?”

9:25 p.m. – @GovGaryJohnson says: “#Obama says #Romney is all over the map. Under Romney OR Obama, our troops would be all over the map – literally. Bring them HOME! #debate

9:23 p.m. – Barack Obama (on Syria) – “We’re doing exactly what we should be doing …”

9:22 p.m. – Mitt Romney (on Syria): “The insurgents in Syria and highly disparite … they haven’t come together.”

9:20 p.m. – Mitt Romney: “I don’t think we need to have our military involved in Syria.”

9:19 p.m. – Barack Obama (on Libya): “Imagine if we had pulled out at that point …”

Sic sez: “That’s what she said!”

9:18 p.m. – Mitt Romney: “Seeing Syria remove Assad is a very high priority for us.”

9:17 p.m. –  Barack Obama: “I am confident that Assad’s days are numbered …”

9:16 p.m. – Topic change: Syria.  Somewhere, Lindsey Graham is getting hard over another proposed military intervention …

9:15 p.m. – After a weak first ten minutes, it looks as though Mitt Romney is getting back into the game – or at least he was until Bob Schieffer let Barack Obama take over Romney’s rebuttal time.

9:14 p.m. – After distinguishing Russia as a geopolitical foe, not a terror threat – Mitt Romney just punches back at Barack Obama regarding his comment on giving more “flexibility” to Russia after his reelection.

9:13 p.m. – Mitt Romney: “Attacking me is not an agenda.”

9:12 p.m. – Barack Obama to Mitt Romney: “Every time you’ve offered an opinion, you’ve been wrong.”

9:12 p.m. – Barack Obama: Mitt Romney wants to borrow “foreign policy from the 1980s, social policy from the 1950s and economic policy from the 1920s.”

9:12 p.m. – People are looking for Mali on a map right now …

9:11 p.m. – Mitt Romney: “We have to help these nations create civil societies.”

Sic sez: “No we don’t.”

9:10 p.m. – Mitt Romney looks a bit shaky early on this evening.

9:08 p.m. – Barack Obama to Mitt Romney: “Your strategy has been one that’s been all over the map.”

9:07 p.m. – Barack Obama: “I’ve kept America safe.”

9:06 p.m. – Mitt Romney: “Comprehensive strategy” needed to reject radical extremism.

9:04 p.m. – Mitt Romney on Middle East: “With the Arab Spring came a great deal of hope … but instead we’ve seen in nation after nation a number of disturbing events.”

9:03 p.m. – Bob Scheiffer: First segment is on the Middle East … Libya.  Getting right back into the major divide from the second debate.

9:02 p.m. – Bob Scheiffer: “the questions are mine … the audience has taken a vow of silence.”

9:00 p.m. – As the candidates prepare to take the stage to debate foreign policy, only two percent of voters listed a foreign policy issue among their most pressing concerns … (via Reuters)

8:58 p.m. – (via FB) Reggie Murphy says: “Fox News poll says Romney has won the 3rd debate …”

Sic sez: Ha!

8:57 p.m. – Wow … based on this picture, can I get odds on whether Bob Schieffer will DIE during the debate tonight?

8:56 p.m. – Can I get odds on whether Bob Schieffer will fall asleep during the debate?

8:53 p.m. – (via FB) Veteran SC political consultant Bob McAlister: “If you’re watching the debate because you’re undecided, please say hello to your kinfolk at Honey Boo Boo’s house.”

8:50 p.m. – Interesting … once operating at a severe disadvantage on foreign policy issues, Mitt Romney has improved his standing with the voters in these issues (via CSM).

8:48 p.m. – (via FB) Mako Yamakura says ” Subtle that the last debate is in Boca …” #47Percent

8:47 p.m. – The real issue of tonight’s debate?  Lyme disease … 

8:45 p.m. – (via FB) Jamie Jeffords says “Bob Schieffer is the moderator? Who let him out of the nursing home? It is well passed his bedtime.”

8:43 p.m. (via FB) Jennifer Wilson says “Let’s bring it home tonight, Mitt!”

Sic sez: A Romney win would give him a 2-0-1 mark in the debates. Obama needs a clear victory just to pull even.

8:42 p.m. – Whither @NancyMace? @ToddKincannon? @ThadViers? Tweet us, peeps …

8:40 p.m. – If the MSM live blog is your thing, Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post always does it up right …

8:39 p.m. – (via FB) U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan says: “I just heard that President Barack Obama has not visited the Nation of Israel at all during his term in office … I must say, that troubles me …”

8:37 p.m. – The lovely @MrsSic has weighed in on tonight’s debate …

8:35 p.m. – Somehow our Twitter feed has devolved into a discussion of which Palmetto State football team suffered the worst loss – Clemson v. West Virginia in the 2012 Orange Bowl or South Carolina v. Florida last weekend.

Sic Sez: Not even close. Clemmy’s 70-33 drubbing at the hands of the Mountaineers wins that easy!

8:32 p.m. – Speaking of the “empty chair,” it would have performed better than Barack Obama during the first debate.  So the question is … which Barack Obama shows up tonight?

8:31 p.m. – Which reminds us, “Republicans.” How can those “gangster rappers” create a TuPac hologram for Coachella and you guys can’t figure out how to create a Ronald Reagan one for your convention?  Might have solved that ’empty chair’ problem …

8:30 p.m. – Ultimate prank would be to have a hologram of this dude stroll out during the debate, Tu-Pac style … saying “I’m not dead, bitches.”

8:28 p.m. – By the way it’s San Francisco 1, St. Louis 0 – bottom of the first.

8:23 p.m. – (via FB) Bryan Ramey says “Fooey on the debate – I’m not wasting another evening.”

Sic sez: I’d rather be watching Monday Night Football or Game 7 of the NLCS.

8:21 p.m. – (via Twitter) @MattMissentzis suggests “Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan, chug.” for #DebateDrinkingGameWords

8:20  p.m. – (via Twitter) @SamStathos suggests “Iran,” “Israel,” and “may I address that last statement” for #DebateDrinkingGameWords

8:18 p.m. – (via FB) Lance Redler wonders “how many times will Obama use the “i killed OBL” card tonight?

Sic Sez: Eleventy kabillion

8:16 p.m. – Our founding editor’s favored candidate, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, will also live-tweet throughout the debate from his Twitter account: @GovGaryJohnson.

8:13 p.m. – The memorable moment of the first presidential debate was “Big Bird.”  The memorable moment of the second debate was “binders full of women.” Can breakout phrases go three-for-three?

8:12 p.m. – If S.C. Sen. Jakie Knotts were moderating/ participating in tonight’s debate, the #DebateDrinkingGameWords would be “rag” and “head.” No really …

8:09 p.m. – The latest in the Middle East … 

Sic Sez: Why can’t our foreign policy be to just let these people keep killing each other?

8:08 p.m. – (via Twitter) @RCHinnis suggests “regime change.” #DebateDrinkingGameWords

8:07 p.m. – More “debate drinking game” suggestions are pouring in …

8:04 p.m. – In case you missed what everyone in South Carolina politics was talking about today … it was Kathryn Dennis (and with good reasons).

8:02 p.m. – Tonight’s debate format will be identical to the format of the first debate – candidates at podiums, asking questions from a moderator.  None of those lobotomized “undecided voters.”

8:00 p.m. – As the candidates approach this final debate, there are more than 130 electoral votes up for grabs in battleground states where the candidates are separated by five percent or less in the polls … those states are: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

7:59 p.m. – (via Twitter) @PluvLaw says: “Shots whenever Romney adds something to his already overburdened ‘Day One’ calendar or calls China a ‘currency manipulator.'”

7:55 p.m. – Ha! Here’s a funny clip on Barack Obama’s foreign policy blunders from our friends at Americans for Limited Government.  Good stuff!

7:50 p.m. – Debate drinking game buzzwords?  We’ve got them rolling on our Twitter page. So far “Libya,” “Benghazi,” “China,” “currency” and “not true” have been suggested …

Our guess is if you go with Libya …

7:48 p.m. – We’ve long been supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s non-interventionist foreign policy.  Paul’s views have been slammed by those who say that had his views been adopted, “Osama bin Laden would still be alive.” Paul’s response?

7:45 p.m. – From 2001-present, 2141 American military personnel have been killed in Afghanistan (Source: iCasualties).

7:44 p.m. – From 2003-present, 4486 American military personnel have been killed in Iraq (Source: iCasualties).

7:42 p.m. – Since 2001, U.S. taxpayers have spent $1.3 trillion on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (Source: Cost of War).

7:39 p.m. – Here’s Michael Smith’s oped in The Daily Caller about the opportunities available to Mitt Romney in tonight’s debate …

7:36 p.m. – South Carolina’s own Michael Smith, a foreign policy contributor to Fox News, tells FITS that Barack Obama should be on the defensive tonight: “It’s going to be revealed that the president has been in office for four years and the only thing he can honestly say is a worthwhile achievement in the foreign policy arena is killing Osama bin Laden,” Smith says. “It is imperative that the GOP nominee highlight as many of the frightening results as possible of the riddle, wrapped inside a mystery, wrapped inside an enigma that is Obama’s foreign policy doctrine.”

7:33 p.m. – Expectations game …

7:32 p.m. – Where does the race stand?  Here’s the current Real Clear Politics’ electoral map … 

7:30 p.m. – A lot of people are going to spend a lot of time tonight figuring out how to spell “Schieffer.”

7:29 p.m. – Wait … Bob Schieffer is still alive?

7:28 p.m. – Tonight’s debate is being moderated by Bob Schieffer – host of CBS’ Face The Nation.

7:26 p.m. – Where are the “cool kids” hanging out for tonight’s debate?  Well S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis is hosting a debate panel/ watch event on the campus of the University of South Carolina.  Loftis is chairman of the Romney Campaign in South Carolina and was among the first elected officials in the state to endorse him (which we popped him pretty good for).   Loftis will be joined by Dean Charles Bierbauer of the USC College of Mass Communications and Information Studies.

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7:24 p.m. – So who’s live streaming tonight’s debate? Plenty of peeps. Here’s a rundown (via Gigaom):

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19 comments

BigT October 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Hey, Golly Gee, FITS you told us President Obama has the youth vote locked up. Does that mean he’ll get re-elected? Please say “yes.”

I think young voters are So Gee-Willikers dependable to vote, aren’t they?. Thaank yo so much for your informative report. I have been so scared until you gave us that information. I feel good now.

I heard Romeny is going to close all the colleges and only let us work for minimum wage at McDonalds. But President Obama will give us all ‘Green’ jobs with solar panels and the Volt or helping in the inner-city as a Community Organizer if we volunteer.

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shifty henry October 23, 2012 at 12:00 am

…. but you can’t keep the battery charged with solar panels, and a battery charger you can keep in your garage costs $4,000.

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BigT October 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Obama’s problem: He’s like the guy who says:

My Class Reunion is next week: so I have to lose 40 pounds and get a job.

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shifty henry October 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm

HAW! HAW!

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The Colonel October 22, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Budget Mr President, what freaking budget are you talking about!?! You haven’t had a budget in effect since you took office.

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shifty henry October 22, 2012 at 11:54 pm

He sort of mumbled, but I think he actually said “budgie”, like the little birds my spinster aunt kept for 55 years.

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shifty henry October 22, 2012 at 11:57 pm

PS: …and I hated cleaning and changing their damn cages, except for the fact that I earned extra Moon Pies and RC Colas, or Dr Peppers and grilled cheese sandwiches.

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BigT October 22, 2012 at 10:26 pm

BORING…at best…

All Obama has is lies. And sadly for him, he has a record so everybody knows he’s lying…

Do Not see this doing Obama any good or getting him anywhere near where he needs to be.

Not to mention he looked petulent againn, a lot.

Shieffer made it 2 against 1, continually challenging Romney…but Romney made him look worse than Obama looks…

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gasman October 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…….this debate is better than ambien and I don’t need a prior authorization from BCBS

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ohnonotagain October 22, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Doesnt’ seem like a lot said about Libya. I missed early part.
Wonder if that’s because the released intelligence cables, early ones, contain the language the administration used?

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BradWarthenSucks October 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Did our Commander in Chief release classified information in this debate? I mean he went on to tell Romney that we have boats that planes can land on and boats that can go underwater. I hope our enemies don’t get ahold of this information.

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shifty henry October 22, 2012 at 11:49 pm

you are correct…. a slip of the tongue

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BigT October 22, 2012 at 10:58 pm

People are not really that interested in foreign policy…except they know of the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Libya debacle, slaughter in Syria and a Nuclear Iran…it’s ALL a mess under Obama…

Therefore: Obama looked craping attacking Romney on it…

This was Obama’s worst showing…but the media is bending over trying to say he won, at least on points…he did not…

It’s a Leadership issue. And Romney made that point over and over…and that is fatal to Obama’s chances, because Romeny is RIGHT…and everybody knows it.

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shifty henry October 22, 2012 at 11:48 pm

BigT – YOU NAILED IT ON THE HEAD==== “LEADERSHIP” (the lack of)

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This just in. . . October 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Debate Ends Abruptly as Obama Punches Romney in Face

BOCA RATON (The Borowitz Report) — The third and final Presidential debate ended in dramatic fashion tonight as President Obama punched Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the face, knocking him unconscious before a national television audience.

As Mr. Romney lay motionless on the floor at Lynn University with 35:06 remaining in regulation, moderator Bob Schieffer declared the debate over, calling Mr. Obama’s punch “a clean shot.”

The President’s uncharacteristic explosion of anger came after Mr. Romney repeatedly needled him about going on a global “apology tour” on behalf of the U.S.

As the former Massachusetts Governor continued his harangue, TV viewers witnessed Mr. Obama glaring at his Republican opponent, a vein visibly throbbing on the President’s forehead.

Still, few observers were prepared for the sight of Mr. Obama leaping across the table and cold-cocking Mr. Romney, dropping him to the floor.

Moments later, Vice-President Joe Biden jumped onstage to congratulate Mr. Obama with a jubilant high-five.

“You literally cleaned his clock,” Mr. Biden said. “I only wish I’d done the same thing to that punk Ryan.”

After the debate, the usually mild-mannered Obama was at pains to explain why exactly he had struck Mr. Romney in the face: “I guess I just couldn’t take it any more, and I sort of snapped. It wasn’t optimal. But he was being such a dick.”

Minutes after Mr. Romney was carried out on a stretcher, the debate was declared a victory for Mr. Obama by all the major networks except Fox News, who called it a draw.

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The Colonel October 22, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I guess the next time my unit draws weapons we’ll have topeave those funny looking knives in the arms room…

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The Colonel October 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm

“…have to leave…”

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shifty henry October 23, 2012 at 12:16 am

I added a few more items to the “Drinking Game”, but missed out on this debate:

OBAMA: “folks” (23 hits last debate)

ROMNEY: “if he points his finger at O” (11 hits last debate)

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From the original game:
2nd debate: I tallied 30 drinks from Romney and 20 from Obama; I’ll have to carry-over 40 drinks(plus tonight’s count which I will determine tomorrow); maybe I’ll finish them by election day.
In any case, I’ll clear the board the next day – win or lose.

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Demo lite October 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

@The Colonel

The President and Your Commander and Chief sir did not say to you have to leave you funny looking knives in the arms rooms sir.

His quote was simply “Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military has changed,” Obama said,

Mr. Romney’s policies are out of date and out of touch. He is throwing anything at the wall hoping it will stick long enough to land the job. He has not held a consistent position in the last decade.

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