The Third Presidential Debate: Tumult, Bayonets and Battleship -- Oh My!

Third time’s the charm?

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama met Monday night for their third and final debate before this year’s election. Face the Nation‘s Bob Schieffer moderated the discussion, which took place at Florida’s Lynn University and centered on issues of foreign policy.

Romney had a clear win in the first debate, Obama a strong comeback in the second. And the third? Well, you tell us.

At TVLine, we watched to see who delivered the night’s best lines. Below is our fair, balanced, non-partisan take on the event’s top moments, strictly from an entertainment point of view. My fellow Americans, read through our list, take our poll and then hit the comments to make your voice heard! In closing: God bless you, and God bless TVLine Nation.

OBAMA

• Executed an impressive humblebrag that doubled as a zinger when he tacitly drew attention to the fact that, for the past four years, he’s been the leader of the free world… and Romney hasn’t. “I know you haven’t been in a position to actually execute foreign policy, but every time you’ve offered an opinion, you’ve been wrong.”

• May well have sparked sales of this and this when he replied to Romney’s claim that the U.S. Navy has fewer ships than it did in 1916.  “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.”

• Also on that tip, gave a veiled Taylor Kitsch shout-out (at least, that’s how we heard it) when he finished with, “And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting ships. It’s what are our capabilities.”

ROMNEY

• Came dangerously close to re-angering Friday Night Lights‘ Peter Berg when he backed up his stance on Russia. “I have clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia, or Mr. Putin.”

• Referenced Mali, a West African country he said is partially controlled by Muslim extremists. Twitter then lit up with tongue-in-cheek questions about which Molly he was talking about, with Ms. Ringwald high in the speculation. Others played on America’s ignorance of the small nation. “Mitt,” Real Time host Bill Maher tweeted, “you do know that most of America thinks that Mali is one of Obama’s daughters, right?”

• May well have sparked sales of this with his frequent use of the world “tumult” — four times in the 90-minute debate.

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121 Comments
  1. Esaul says:

    Romney spent the whole time in Obama’s shadows agreeing with him on pretty much everything.

    • D says:

      As an outsider, I think Romney is an a** and will ruin every middle class citizen in America.

      • Nicotine says:

        I don’t think Romney is an a**, but I don’t think he has the best intentions for everyone in America – namely the middle-to-lower class citizens.

      • Jan says:

        Being an outsider means what? You are superior and can say stupid stuff…name calling is for the sandbox, if you’re old enough to post on this board then at least be a grown up about it!
        Geez, yeah we’re going to take you seriously…HAHAHAHAHA

      • daviduter says:

        Wish I were surprised by mental midgets who actually fall for the Class Warfare garbage. The lack of mental acuity to actually discern and think for yourselves is truly amazing. The Presidents Fiscal Policies are such an abject failure, you have no idea what you are talking about. Romney understands how to get BUSINESS back up and running. Obama only understands how to tax and retard any recovery by printing money. If you care at all about the economy, Romney by a landslide.

        But keep holding on to this BS class warfare without a semblance of understanding.

        • DoctorWhoFanatic! says:

          Wait, which BUSINESS is that Romney has gotten back up and running? Sensata? Nope. He’s a vulture capitalist, and he only cares for those are rich, white, and straight.

          The government isn’t a business, and it can’t and SHOULDN’T be run like one.

          If you’re ignorant enough to call “class warfare” BS but believe Romney is the one to fix the economy when EVERY ECONOMIST SAYS HIS PLANS WON’T WORK and will INCREASE THE DEFICIT… then maybe YOU are the “mental midget.”

        • Angela says:

          All I know is it wasn’t Obama who made the horribly offensive “47%” comment. That quote sounded awfully “class warfare”-esque to me, but what do I know, I’m just a mental midget, right?

          • daviduter says:

            Would say you are, yes. You don’t even understand what he was saying about 47%, Either you heard the entire quote in context and aren’t smart enough to understand it or you are regurgitating something you were told. Either way, yeah, you are.

          • Angela says:

            @daviduter: Oh, please, do enlighten me then as to what the true context of the quote was, because as I heard it, it sounded like he was insinuating that the 47% of us who are voting for Obama are all more likely to be relying on the government for everything and expect handouts (remember, we think we’re “entitled” to food and housing! How dare we ask for such crazy things like food and a place to live!).
            Also, I’ve not insulted anyone regarding their political views on here, so I don’t think there’s really any need for you to add to the insults. It’s awfully hard to take someone seriously or respect what they have to say in a debate when they resort to name-calling.

    • Michael says:

      How was this a fair, balanced and impartial take on the debate when all of Obama’s “highlights” are pro-Obama and Romney’s “highlights” are anti-Romney?

      • Kristen says:

        Thank you… this website is very pro-Obama, regardless of their poor attempt to stay neutral. You can’t ever expect to find good information for the debate somewhere like here. Despite it all, the question is really, which is the lesser of two evils? Neither of these men are fit to run the country, point blank. Obama is for our country being overrun by and supporting immigrants. Negative. If you want to be a part of this country, earn the right to stay here like everyone else before you. Become a legal citizen. Pay taxes. I don’t want to support you just b/c you want to cheat the system and ride Obama’s coat tails. I agree with his healthcare to an extent, but the limitations need to be stricter. I don’t mind helping someone that is truly unable to work, but I refuse to help someone pay for treatment just b/c they are too lazy to work. I do not agree with how long it took Obama to address and act on all the riots overseas. He allows himself to be pushed around too much. I honestly don’t know how I feel about Romney’s plan for taxes, but at this point it really does come down to which is the lesser of two evils?

      • DoctorWhoFanatic! says:

        Umm, all of the “highlights” are silly, and don’t really focus on the candidate. “strictly from an entertainment point of view”… jeez people, lighten up!

  2. SMG says:

    This debate was so boring…..

  3. Lisa says:

    The Fall of Mitt Romney

    • Lunakit says:

      Let’s hope we’re that lucky!

      • Annie says:

        Why do so many people think Obama is an awesome President. He has done nothing but apologize for the US since taking office. He is a cowering man, who has done nothing but reverse all our progress over the last 60 years!!!!!!!!!!!

        I’m not a Romney fan, I am Asian American (parents born and raised in US like me we’re all legal citizens) and not a racist…I just think we ALL deserve a better life and future, and with seriously what about Obama makes you guys still think he’s the man for the job??? My taxes have doubled, my company will have to drop insurance coverage if ObamaCare really takes over, my parents who are retired (10 years ago) are now searching for work because they can’t afford to live.

        WHERE ARE THE JOBS??????????? Just because un-employment numbers go down doesn’t mean a CRAP…thousands have stopped looking, and if you think about it if 300,000 give or take a week apply – how many people are even left that can file for un-employment??

        P.S. My neighbor has been mooching un-employment for 19 months now, he is a very capable man – has been offered jobs at restaurants, fast food chains, and various retail stores even a management position at a computer store; but he won’t take them so he continues to get FREE MONEY each month from the rest of us…is this right??!!

        Think people, I think a change is needed. 4 years is a LONG time!!!!!!!!

        • Midori004 says:

          I find it funny you think Obama is the one getting rid of progress.

          Mitt Romney wants us to live in the 1950s and before when the poor had no rights, women were used for cooking and making babies, gays didn’t have any rights.

          But keep living in your dreamland. I have no clue what’s it based on.

    • eridapo says:

      As Bill Clinton said in 92.. “It is the Economy, Stup_d”. Just saw Luntz focus group, and they said that the Pres. did better than Romney, but it didn’t matter to them.

      They saw 2 debates tonight. One was Foreign Policy and the other Foreign Policy based on US Economic strength. On the Economic issues which they considered paramount and necessary for an effective foreign policy, they went huge for Romney. On just purely Foreign Policy (kill Osama), they went big for the president. Here is the rub though. They weren’t interested in a purely Foreign Policy discussion.

      This election will be a replay of the 92 election where Bush senior had the Foreign Policy gravitas but still lost because all that matters to voters is pocket book issues. On those issues Romney beats the President per the focus groups.

    • Whatever says:

      Once again a SEVERE outbreak of ” Romnesia “.
      Good lord Romney can’t even stick by his comments from last week let alone last month or last year.
      You can’t trust a guy who can’t even spell INTEGRITY

  4. Deb says:

    Marines have already tweeted that they still use bayonets. LOL

    • sas51079 says:

      That would mean more if the president hadn’t said “fewer.” He did not say they weren’t still in use at all.

    • Tahitigirl says:

      And horses are used in Afghanistan. Perhaps Obama should brush up on his knowledge of our military.

      • Livia says:

        And perhaps you should read Obama’s quote more closely. He didn’t say we don’t use horses or bayonets anymore. He said we use FEWER horses and bayonets, which implies that we still use them, just in a lesser capacity.

        • Whatever says:

          People who live in the FOX News bubble don’t ACTUALLY listen to what is REALLY said. They just repeat what the hear in the Fox bubble.
          That’s how Romney got his a*s handed to him by the President and Candy Crowley over the Rose Garden comment.

      • T says:

        I love ignorant people who just copy and paste what they read/hear on Fox news. Notice the word FEWER in the below transcript of the debate. You can’t fix stupid, but you can pander to them.

        Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military’s changed.”

  5. Jd says:

    Just one suggestion VOTE Only if you are not stupid.

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      So all the liberals are out… Romney wins in a landslide.

      • JiffyPop says:

        How sad for you when Obama is reelected in two weeks. All of your hate spewing towards liberals on this site (and others) will have been for nothing.

        • Jhuff says:

          How sad for ALL of us if Obama is re-elected in two weeks.

        • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

          According to the polls he is from from “locked in” to win. I would appreciate if you keep posting with that arrogant, holier than thou liberal attitude in as many places as possible though. It shows independents what kind of smug jerks all of you are and encourages them to vote Romney. See you in 2 weeks.

          • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

            *far from

          • ohlala says:

            i would love to meet you and give you a piece of my mind. you’re so ignorant it’s absolutely astonishing. tell me – did dinosaurs live with men in caves? is the earth 6000 years old? do we need to get rid of wall st regulation and let the market do what it will? and should we cut all funding for contraception and abortion and cervical cancer screenings at a federal level and tell poor people to go F themselves?

          • Angela says:

            You’re sitting here talking about “arrogant, holier than thou” attitudes? Wow. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

      • DL says:

        I generally like what you have to say about TV, Chuck, but I sure don’t like your politics or your insulting attitude. Just because someone has a different opinion than you doesn’t mean you should badmouth them. Have some common courtesy.

  6. Sam says:

    Those results can’t be accurate! 81% actually think Obama won? Wow.

    • Ryan says:

      Regardless of political affiliation I feel confident saying Obama was a better performer in this debate. I was personally frustrated by Governor Romney’s change, again, in his policy positions and his constant agreement with Obama.
      Regardless, who won the debate will matter in two weeks about as much as what the candidates had for breakfast last Tuesday. They’re just a show and until we hold politicians accountable for facts during them, they’ll continue to be a bit of a circus.

    • rowan77 says:

      Even on Fox’s website their online poll shows Obama clearly won the debate.

    • @sam: I can’t believe those results either. How could even 1 in 5 people who saw the debate actually this Mr Flop-Sweat won?

  7. Romney 2012 says:

    Mitt Romney should be elected the 45th president.

    • Stamanah says:

      You’re so stupid

      • Erica says:

        I think anyone who wants to re-elect Obama for another four years of the same B.S. is about as stupid as it gets. Although, anyone who has allowed themselves to be manipulated by Obama’s deceitful, yet repeated, talking points have entered their own alternate universe altogether. Obama had a Democrat-controlled congress in his first two years in office where he could’ve passed any legislation he wanted to “help” the economy, and what he tried didn’t work. Now, he wants to make you forget that Congress was controlled by Democrats from January 2007 to January 2011, and wants all his blind worshippers to pretend that he’s just been stopped the whole time from passing anything he wants. And even *IF* Republicans had controlled Congress that whole time, the least he could do is work WITH them to help America, but he doesn’t CARE and did NOT help, only hurt. We deserve better than Barack Obama for the next four years…

        • Stamanah says:

          And you honestly think Romney is the answer? He’s worse than bush. And that’s really saying something. The guys exists on empty promises and a fake smile, trashing every Democrat that dares to contradict him. This country deserves better.

        • Your joking right? Obama has tried to work with republicans in multiple bi-partisan groups to help this country, but it was the republicans who have been the ones constantly unwilling to compromise. I suggest you take a look at the facts surrounding the 2011 United States debt-ceiling crisis for an excellent example of ridiculous Republican obstinacy. As for his first two years in office, I admit Obama spent much of his political capital on Obama-care and then spent the subsequent two years fighting tooth and nail for it against republicans who conveniently forget that Obama-care is much more conservative than their own 1990’s national health care plan proposition. It should also be noted that taking over a nation in crisis after having an idiot in charge for 8 years who significantly contributed to the destruction of its economy takes quite a bit more time than a simple two years to fix. You should really think before you post in the future, especially if you have no idea what you are talking about.

          • DL says:

            Hear, hear! Anyone who expects that any one president can completely resolve the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression in three and a half years is outright delusional. The Great Depression lasted ten years!

            What Obama did do is put a floor under the collapse with the bailout, and has put us on the road to recovery. The Jobs Bureau is already projecting 12 million new jobs over the next four years, jobs that will be a result of Obama’s policies, regardless of whether or not he’s reelected. If you talk to nonpartisan economists, they’ll be happy to tell you that our economic recovery is unprecedented and something to feel good about. But no, everyone expects that we should just magically be back where we were after nearly a decade of reckless Bush economic policy, despite the fact that things that would have helped our economy, things like Obama’s jobs bill, have been blocked by Republicans for the worst reason of all: politics.

        • DL says:

          Um, the notion that Obama could have passed whatever he wanted with a Democratic Congress is an outright fallacy. The Republicans filibustered virtually every single bill or issue that hit the floor. During the Bush administration, the Democrats employed the filibuster liberally, and the Republicans cried foul and threatened to abolish the filibuster. Ultimately both parties agreed that the Democrats would restrict their use of the filibuster to truly important issues. Now, fast forward to 2008. Over the next two years the Republicans employed the filibuster nearly twice as much as the Democrats did during the height of their filibustering under Bush. So even though the Democrats controlled both House and Senate, the Republicans did absolutely everything within their power to ensure the Obama administration got nothing done.

          Obama does want to work with Republicans. Remember it was Republican senator Mitch McConnell who said the party’s only goal for the next four years would be to make Obama a one-term president. They just don’t want to work with Obama. They have frequently blocked legislation on financial reform, on immigration, on health care, that was in fact originally created and pushed forward by Republicans! But as soon as Obama supported or wanted to work with them on that legislation, they turned around said “no way!”

        • shamangrrl says:

          Erica,

          Please perform your own research, so you don’t spout off Fauxnews lies. Obama did not have a majority control of congress (House OR Senate – it takes both) during his first two years. He had a majority for roughly 4 months during the end of 2009/beginning of 2010. You know, one of those periods of time when our hardworking congress takes time off for the holidays and don’t actually get anything done.

    • Dennis says:

      this is a pretty liberal site you want get uch support for Romney

  8. shuayb says:

    Yup OBAMA did. MiTt can try in four years, Obama will get his 2nd term. He killed Bin Laden or rather Bin Laden was killed during his term of presidency. Nuff said.

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      The Navy Seals killed bin Laden. Saying that Obama did it is like going to McDonald’s and thanking the clown for the hamburger.

      • SpyTV says:

        That is a disingenous comment. You very well know that Obama personally had to give the OK for that operation, and if it went sour it would have been absolutely disasterous. It was a very gutsy call, and no matter what your party affiliation you can’t take that away from him.

        • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

          No he doesn’t get any credit for giving an order. Not a shred. The CIA had been looking for bin Laden long before Obama was ever elected and we have lost many, many troops in the process. They get all the credit. The guy giving the order gets a pat on the back for not being an imbecile like Bill Clinton who failed to give the order the last time they had bin Laden in their sights.

          • mark y says:

            The “Navy Seals” that killed bin laden are not Seals. They’re CIA Operatives and Obama scrubbed the mission 3 times before he finally gave them the go. Also he’s not a leader. He’s a puppet to two women. Nancy Pelosi and Valerie Jarrett. Obamacare was solely devised by Pelosi and Obama doesn’t make a decision unless Jarrett says to make it. Obama wanted nothing to do with health care reform. It was all Pelosi. Plus I do believe Obama clearly stated that if he couldn’t cut the deficit in 4 years he would be a one term president. So, why is he running again? Apparently his word means nothing since he doesn’t stand by his own words.

          • Alex says:

            If Obama is not responsible for killing binLaden, then by your logic binLaden isn’t responsible for 9/11. Use logic.

          • DL says:

            If you actually read the articles and literature about the Osama Bin Laden mission, you would know President Obama was integral in making the decision that led to his death. Other options were presented, including waiting for confirmation, abandoning the mission entirely, and using a precision drone strike. It was Obama who chose to send in the SEALs, because he had faith in the power and strength of the United States military, and the good men and women who serve. At the time he felt it was only a 50-50 shot that they were even looking at Bin Laden in Abottabad. The CIA was not positive. Some of their analysts rated the intel at below 30% reliability. Obama weighed the options and made the very tough decision to go through with the mission. He also made the decision not to appeal to Pakistan, and conduct the mission under the radar, which was integral to us actually being able to get the job done. To marginalize his contribution to the death of Bin Laden is both ignorant and just downright silly.

          • DL says:

            LOL at “mark y” for thinking Nancy Pelosi runs the country. Either this is a great troll, or the height of idiocy. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and call it a great troll.

          • SpyTV says:

            So you think that strike teams are autonomous entities under no executive control? How delusional.

        • lily7 says:

          agreed!

      • Tim says:

        By that logic then bin Laden didn’t kill anyone on 9/11.

      • @Chuck: And if the raid failed. I’m sure you would have held Obama blame-free, right? Just like Carter?

        • Whatever says:

          Rock Golf ,we all know the folks on Fox would of given the President a pass on the whole mission had it failed.
          Good Grief.

  9. Martina says:

    You are the reason why I think voters should have to take an IQ test before they can cast their vote

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      People who make comments like this routinely have average, or really below average IQ’s, and self esteem issues. It’s sad coming from either side.

      • Sarah says:

        So it’s ok for you to call people stupid, but when someone does it to you, it’s sad?

      • Martina says:

        This coming from the guy who after the first debate thought Romney was more popular overseas or “abroad” as you put it. I take it you have changed your mind now having seen the overseas polls! And as a Dr. with 3 higher education degrees I neither have self esteem issues nor is my IQ below average.

        • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

          That’s nice, I am a Doctor as well. We can compare degrees if you like. The difference between you and I is that I am not dumb enough to vote for a man that has failed us the last 4 years because he “promises not to make the same mistakes again and is really gonna try this time.” I guess suddenly he has time to be President between his busy schedule of late night talk shows and appearing on The View? Wherever you got your degrees from, demand a refund.

          • murley says:

            for a doctor you have an incredible amount of time on your hands to comment over and over on tons of articles on a television website (not to mention all the time you must spend watching tv).

          • ohlala says:

            “The difference between you and I ” STOP. . . you’re a damn idiot! it’s me. the difference between you and me. what are you a doctor of? idiocy?

        • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

          I don’t deny that Obama is popular overseas as well. He is tremendously popular with dictators and Muslims. Just look at the news.

          • Martina says:

            I don’t know what news you watch, if you are so ill-informed to think France, Australia, Canada, UK, Germany, South Korea et al are muslim countries run by dictators! As for your comments on my education, I’m just glad that I have plenty of friends & colleagues in the medical profession that I would never needed to be treated by you.

          • tsi431 says:

            I agree just ask Bin Ladin, Kim Jon Ill, Muammar Gaddafi, and Hosni Mubarak. Oh wait a second.

          • Angela says:

            Muslims liking Obama is bad…why, exactly?

  10. SpyTV says:

    I thought Rommey would be more composed after looking pretty competent in the first two debates (winning the first handily, and a near loss in the second). Instead he was nervous and rambling the whole time. He was clearly out of his element, and it made me uncomfortable to watch him struggle.

  11. JB Smooove says:

    You think he will like to be call President Mittens?

  12. mark y says:

    The Illuminati control it all. They placed Obama in office to see just how much the American public would believe. They control the banks, wall street, military, and industry. They also control Obama. Research it and YouTube fir yourself. They place their symbols in plain sight because the American public don’t believe they exist. YouTube: Illuminati and the music industry, illuminati and Obama, illuminati and free masons. You’ll be surprised ti find out what is under your own nose.

  13. Steph says:

    The only way Romney wins is if all his Sister-Wives vote for him. And we all know Obama has the lead with women voters so…

    • Britta Unfiltered says:

      I am not a Romney supporter by any means, but can we keep religious insults off the table? It doesn’t matter what candidates religious beliefs are, it only matters what their policy ideas are. To mock someone’s religion just looks mean and a little bigoted. Picture if the candidate was Jewish or Hindu or Buddhist or Muslim, and ask yourself if it would be okay to make jokes about any of those religions. I’m not trying to slam you or be a troll, honestly, it just hurts me to see people be intolerant of others’ religious beliefs. And for the record, people who try and get away with practicing polygamy in the LDS church nowadays are all ex-communicated and belong to fundamentalist groups that are not condoned by the church in any way.

      • Mikael says:

        Well considering Romney wants to turn the USA into a Theocracy, I think it’s ok to attack his crazy religious platform. He seems to forget that the nation was formed with a separation of church and state, and yet he wants to amend the Constitution based on what the bible says.

  14. ohlala says:

    Can someone – anyone – find out who chuck finley AJ is and get this troll in order à la violentacrez?????? PLEASE!!! this man is the trolliest of trolls and the dumbest of dumbs.

  15. Tim says:

    I’m always interested in these debates to find out what Romney’s positions are going to be this week.

  16. deb horwitz says:

    If we are all being honest and intelligent about what we witnessed at this debate, it’s obvious to us all not only who won but who is more knowledgeable about foreign affairs. Given the fact that Obama was handed 8 years of the mess he didn’t cause, he should have at least 8 to try to correct it. Give him the chance that was given to Bush.

  17. Polly says:

    Bill Maher @billmaher
    Mitt’s entire debate strategy: What he just said, but from a white guy

    quite complete as a review :D

  18. Britta Unfiltered says:

    It was nice to see a civil debate for once, I get a little tired of blood being drawn. I just want to know what they think about what they would do, I don’t care what they think is wrong with the other guy. The thing that stuck out to me about Romney tonight was his line of “Let’s not deal with hypotheticals, as that would never happen in my presidency.” That is a BS answer. I also did not like how he kept saying, “When I am a president,” because that just makes me groan inside and makes me feel like he is trying to practice The Secret. Which I hate. I freaking hate The Secret.
    .
    Both candidates gave very nice closing arguments. Obama sounded sincere and passionate, and Romney sounded patriotic.

  19. Scott says:

    Wow, way to act like adults guys……way to be. In all honesty though, all of you, Pro-Obama and Pro-Romney alike, should go play in traffic if you can’t be civil to another person just because they think differently. The country isn’t going to hell because of the government, it’s going to hell because of people like you. Grow up. And to throw my CIVIL two cents in, I believe Obama came out on top. And this is coming from somebody who is probably still voting Romney.

  20. aunt_deen says:

    Romney spent half his time trying desperately to NOT talk about foreign policy and the rest of it just repeating what the president said.

    VOTE.

  21. undecided says:

    Open question to Obama supporters: what makes you think that the next 4 years will be any better than the last 4? I understand that.the alternative is not better, but how worst can it be?

    • Templar says:

      Here’s my 2 cents worth: I’d rather have Hillary in the White house than Obama or Romney. I’m a lifelong Democrat, but I truly believe Obama is bad for the country. Romney is no prize, but he has a better idea of finance than the Pres. Our economy is in a scary state and in 4 more years under the current admin. we will be worse off than the 1930s.

      • Nicole says:

        Templar…i agree…you said it perfectly! I am not registered as a Democrat or a republican but i do believe Obama is bad for this country. We are in a scary situation as America. Obama says he is going to do all these things and he said it before and he still has not done it. America needs jobs, we need to get the american people back to work and focus on AMERICA. Although, I am not overly crazy about Romney he will get my vote because being from Massachusetts I know romney can get our ecomony back to where it should be….

      • Martina says:

        How worse can it be you ask, let me tell you, if you’re a woman, homosexual or if you are a man who doesn’t want anymore children it could get a lot worse. If you get sick in the next 4 years and can’t afford healthcare it could get a hell of a lot worse. Romney’s work experience comes from managing investment funds, those same funds that have the world economy, that’s right the world economy not just the US economy, in the tank. If Romney wins best case scenario is that he doesn’t start WWIII with Iran. The US army while a strong & considerable force can’t fight battles alone, they need their NATO allies to act in concert with them. Romney has been on one quick tour to Europe & spent the time insulting each nation he visited, is this really the face you want to show the world?

        • DoctorWhoFanatic! says:

          Yeah, and the scary part is — he wants war with Iran, but he doesn’t know simple Middle Eastern geography and thinks Iran needs Syria for access to the sea… ummm, Iran is bordered by… THE SEA on one side! GENIUS!

          I guess opening plane windows at high altitudes isn’t good for brain cells?

    • murley says:

      given the path our country has been on for a lot longer than the past four years I think Obama has does a pretty decent job. Perfect? No but no president is. I have a feeling that history will actually treat him quite kindly. As far as how much worse? A lot. If we return to the policies that got us into this mess in the first place we are screwed. As a woman in the middle class and a supporter of the rights of the homosexual community I see the alternative as quite a bit worse.

    • big cheddar says:

      My problem with the republicans is this-they have said, as far back as 2010, that their goal is to make President Obama a one term president (Mitch McConnell said this in an interview with the National Journal). Not to reach across the aisle and work with the other side to do what’s right for our country, but to get the guy fired. So what have Republicans done? Sit on their hands for three years take issue with and/or vote no on everything, even stuff that they were totally for in the last administration!! If you ask me, THAT’s the weakness that other countries allegedly see in our nation. That one party would put their own self-serving agenda ahead of the welfare if it’s inhabitants. How can we reward that behavior (and that sort of political strategy) with the highest position in the land?

  22. Caro says:

    To me this is an easy vote – Obama hasn’t done the job so why would I vote for him again? Obama has spent a fortune (more than any President in history), loves entitlement programs and bailouts (which we cannot afford) and he hasn’t stopped the outsourcing which is what is killing the American job market! I am casting my vote for the person who can get the economy going and that is Romney. Sorry Obama, you had your chance and our White House is no place to play russian roulette with second chances!

    • Mary says:

      Lets be realistic it takes a lot longer than 4 years to rebuild an economy. He inherit from Bush a mess. We were in two wars, one of which we had no business being in and mark my word if Romney is elected we will be in another one. When Bush took office, we had a surplus and look what he did. Did you ever stop to think what the US would be like if he let everything fail????
      instead of the bailouts. I am not happy with the national debt but I shudder to think what US would be liked if Obama let the chips fall where they may. If Romney is elected I think the lower, and middle class will be screwed.

  23. Midori004 says:

    I’m from Mass, Mitt is an a-hole. Certain times it’s OK for name calling, Mitt is one of those times.

    I can say the benefit of if Romney wins is that he will never be in the country. As governor he was never actually in the state. But that’s just because he was running for president for the last 20 years.

  24. Michael says:

    How was this a fair, balanced and impartial take on the debate when all of Obama’s “highlights” are pro-Obama and Romney’s “highlights” are anti-Romney?

  25. sash fan says:

    Tonight on You Tube — a much more interesting debate between the 3+ party candidates — these people have nothing to lose so this is where we’ll hear some new ideas!

  26. Yesterday's Child says:

    OMG I love these kind of polls, just like Comcast polls. Seriously, I don’t get it, yes I do. Sick today, but the Obama lovers never left their couch today. Sorry this person is sick and tired of paying for ever frecking thing this country gives out free and we middle class Americans pay taxes for. SORRY THIS AMERICAN IS VOTING OUT ANYONE RUNNING FOR REELECTION.

  27. Leah says:

    Wow, politics on a tv-entertainment website sure leads to some vitriolic comments. I feel bad for anyone who actually took the time to post anything logical because this whole thing is basically tl;dr. I guess I should be satisfied that people are actually paying attention at all (even if it is just to one extremely biased news station or another). No matter who you vote for, please remember to vote!

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