And we have a winner…After the third and final presidential debate of this election season, polls taken directly afterwards indicate that Barack Obama was the steadier and more successful of the two contenders for the White House…
“Forty-eight percent of registered voters who watched Monday night’s third presidential debate say that Obama won the showdown, with 40% saying Romney did the better job in a debate dedicated to foreign policy. The president’s eight-point advantage over the former Massachusetts governor came among a debate audience that was slightly more Republican than the country as a whole.” Sounds GREAT to me!!
As I was watching last night’s final showdown, I have to give Obama credit for a stellar performance. Unlike his disaster in the first debate (and more like the Obama we saw in the second debate), last night the President was the forceful Commander-in-Chief that we all expected him to be. He was relentless in questioning Mitt Romney‘s false assertions throughout the night, never letting one of his many dishonest quips go by unanswered.
In stark contrast to the fighting spirit exhibited by the President, we saw a much different version of Romney at the debate. Whereas the GOP nominee had come out swinging for the fences in the first two clashes, we got a glimpse of a much calmer Mitt on Monday evening. This was, however, very much how Romney chose to play the audience in this final round.
I had the opportunity to read a brief interview with one of Romney’s campaign advisors yesterday. In that piece, he stated that we would see the presidential side of Romney last night: more relaxed and exhibiting the qualities of a future president. In other words, Romney chose not to be the fighter, going for a smoother approach in the hopes of winning over that slice of the electorate that has a disdain for the combative side of politics on display in the first two debates. While I will commend Team Romney for trying to show a different side of the candidate, I do believe he chose the wrong strategy. In today’s highly polarized electorate, voters WANT to see their chosen candidate stand up for what they believe and knock down those they oppose. Unfortunately for conservative voters, however, that was not the Romney they got to see last night.
While Romney was trying his hand at Mitt the Moderate once again, his sudden about-face did not sit well with the all-important undecided voters: “By a 53%-23% margin, a CBS News poll conducted after the third debate of uncommitted voters indicated that Obama won the showdown.”
This is hardly great news for Romney. Both candidates have been fighting hard to win over the few Americans who remain undecided as to who they will vote for in just a few weeks. If stats such as this hold, it will be very difficult for the GOP nominee to squeak out a victory at the polls.
One last stat that should have the Republican camp in full-on panic mode: female voters, by a 22 point margin, credited Obama with victory in this last debate. This a significant turnaround for Team Obama, whose large lead among women voters had been slipping quite a bit in recent weeks. Obama needs to win the race for female votes by a healthy margin to return to the White House, and it seems as though he is righting the ship in that manner. Before last night, women had been drifting towards Romney since the first debate. Now, they seem to be falling back into the Democratic column, exactly where they were four years ago when Obama trounced McCain at the polls.
Before I close this piece, I’d like to ask all of you a question. Was it just me or did many of you also find last night’s debate to be a bit boring??? Don’t get me wrong here, I absolutely love to talk foreign policy and America’s standing in the world. However, I found myself drifting away and glancing down at my laptop on more than one occasion last night. In several instances, it seemed to me that both Obama and Romney just wanted to hear themselves speak. They would drone on and on and on and on…not even pausing to catch their breath! Perhaps that was the case, or perhaps I simply wanted them to focus more on the good ‘ole USA instead. After all, as much as I care about the rest of the world and how we fit into it, I am much more interested to learn what our two candidates will be doing BACK HOME to fix our economy, help our people and bring our country back together again.
To close, let’s take a look at my absolute favorite verbal exchange of the evening. It began with Romney challenging Obama by saying the Navy is too small and has fewer ships than it did in 1916.
Obama’s response: “Well, 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.”
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