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

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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.



Comments (121)

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

    Comment by Esaul – October 22, 2012 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • As an outsider, I think Romney is an a** and will ruin every middle class citizen in America.

      Comment by D – October 23, 2012 01:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Nicotine – October 23, 2012 04:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • And Obama does???? I vote NONE OF THE ABOVE!!! We deserve better than either of these guys has to offer :)

          Comment by Annie – October 23, 2012 05:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Can we abolish term limits and bring Bill Clinton back? Pretty please?

            Comment by DL – October 23, 2012 06:42 AM PDT  
      • 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

        Comment by Jan – October 23, 2012 05:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Actually, I agree with D. He’s a self-made man but he’s an ass.

          Comment by Esaul – October 23, 2012 06:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • He’s not a self-made man.

            Comment by Jan1 – October 23, 2012 01:04 PM PDT  
          • Um. He is…

            Comment by Esaul – October 23, 2012 03:46 PM PDT  
          • He is the rich son of a rich Ford Motor Co. executive who was also a governor and presidential candidate. That’s certainly not the definition of a “self-made man”.

            Comment by TheBeach – October 23, 2012 04:07 PM PDT  
        • Well I’m assuming by outsider he/she means he/she’s not American. I’m Canadian and I consider myself an outsider in these matters. Not going to bother putting in my opinion on the comment itself, just thought I’d point out that not everyone on these boards is American.

          Comment by Sam – October 23, 2012 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by daviduter – October 23, 2012 08:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.”

          Comment by DoctorWhoFanatic! – October 23, 2012 12:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • By I wish this board had a like button.

            Comment by Snsetblaze – October 23, 2012 12:44 PM PDT  
        • 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?

          Comment by Angela – October 23, 2012 06:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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.

            Comment by daviduter – October 24, 2012 07:56 AM PDT  
          • @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.

            Comment by Angela – October 24, 2012 07:58 PM PDT  
    • 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?

      Comment by Michael – October 23, 2012 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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?

        Comment by Kristen – October 23, 2012 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Wow, that’s an awful lot of assumptions to make about a bunch of people in our country.

          Comment by Angela – October 23, 2012 06:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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!

        Comment by DoctorWhoFanatic! – October 23, 2012 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This debate was so boring…..

    Comment by SMG – October 22, 2012 07:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Fall of Mitt Romney

    Comment by Lisa – October 22, 2012 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Let’s hope we’re that lucky!

      Comment by Lunakit – October 22, 2012 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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!!!!!!!!

        Comment by Annie – October 23, 2012 05:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Midori004 – October 23, 2012 08:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by eridapo – October 22, 2012 11:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by Whatever – October 23, 2012 08:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Marines have already tweeted that they still use bayonets. LOL

    Comment by Deb – October 22, 2012 08:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That would mean more if the president hadn’t said “fewer.” He did not say they weren’t still in use at all.

      Comment by sas51079 – October 22, 2012 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And horses are used in Afghanistan. Perhaps Obama should brush up on his knowledge of our military.

      Comment by Tahitigirl – October 22, 2012 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Livia – October 22, 2012 11:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Whatever – October 23, 2012 08:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.”

        Comment by T – October 23, 2012 05:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just one suggestion VOTE Only if you are not stupid.

    Comment by Jd – October 22, 2012 08:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So all the liberals are out… Romney wins in a landslide.

      Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 22, 2012 08:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by JiffyPop – October 22, 2012 09:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • How sad for ALL of us if Obama is re-elected in two weeks.

          Comment by Jhuff – October 22, 2012 09:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 22, 2012 09:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • *far from

            Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 22, 2012 09:35 PM PDT  
          • 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?

            Comment by ohlala – October 22, 2012 10:38 PM PDT  
          • You’re sitting here talking about “arrogant, holier than thou” attitudes? Wow. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

            Comment by Angela – October 23, 2012 06:44 PM PDT  
      • 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.

        Comment by DL – October 23, 2012 06:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Those results can’t be accurate! 81% actually think Obama won? Wow.

    Comment by Sam – October 22, 2012 08:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Ryan – October 22, 2012 08:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Even on Fox’s website their online poll shows Obama clearly won the debate.

      Comment by rowan77 – October 22, 2012 08:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That’s interesting I am looking at a list of all their current polls and there isn’t one on there for the third debate.

        Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 22, 2012 09:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • @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?

      Comment by RockGolf (@rock_golf) – October 23, 2012 08:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mitt Romney should be elected the 45th president.

    Comment by Romney 2012 – October 22, 2012 08:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re so stupid

      Comment by Stamanah – October 22, 2012 08:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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…

        Comment by Erica – October 22, 2012 09:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Stamanah – October 22, 2012 09:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Robert Devenuti – October 22, 2012 09:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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.

            Comment by DL – October 23, 2012 06:59 AM PDT  
        • 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!”

          Comment by DL – October 23, 2012 06:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • *Likes every last word of this post*

            Comment by Angela – October 23, 2012 06:45 PM PDT  
          • Beautifully stated, DL!!!

            Comment by big cheddar – October 23, 2012 09:20 PM PDT  
        • 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.

          Comment by shamangrrl – October 23, 2012 07:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • this is a pretty liberal site you want get uch support for Romney

      Comment by Dennis – October 22, 2012 11:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by shuayb – October 22, 2012 08:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Navy Seals killed bin Laden. Saying that Obama did it is like going to McDonald’s and thanking the clown for the hamburger.

      Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 22, 2012 08:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by SpyTV – October 22, 2012 08:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 22, 2012 08:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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.

            Comment by mark y – October 22, 2012 09:29 PM PDT  
          • If Obama is not responsible for killing binLaden, then by your logic binLaden isn’t responsible for 9/11. Use logic.

            Comment by Alex – October 23, 2012 03:47 AM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by DL – October 23, 2012 07:05 AM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by DL – October 23, 2012 07:06 AM PDT  
          • So you think that strike teams are autonomous entities under no executive control? How delusional.

            Comment by SpyTV – October 23, 2012 10:29 AM PDT  
        • agreed!

          Comment by lily7 – October 22, 2012 09:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • By that logic then bin Laden didn’t kill anyone on 9/11.

        Comment by Tim – October 22, 2012 10:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • @Chuck: And if the raid failed. I’m sure you would have held Obama blame-free, right? Just like Carter?

        Comment by RockGolf (@rock_golf) – October 23, 2012 08:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Whatever – October 23, 2012 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You are the reason why I think voters should have to take an IQ test before they can cast their vote

    Comment by Martina – October 22, 2012 08:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 22, 2012 09:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • So it’s ok for you to call people stupid, but when someone does it to you, it’s sad?

        Comment by Sarah – October 22, 2012 09:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Martina – October 22, 2012 09:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 22, 2012 09:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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).

            Comment by murley – October 22, 2012 10:18 PM PDT  
          • “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?

            Comment by ohlala – October 22, 2012 10:41 PM PDT  
        • I don’t deny that Obama is popular overseas as well. He is tremendously popular with dictators and Muslims. Just look at the news.

          Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 22, 2012 09:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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.

            Comment by Martina – October 22, 2012 09:51 PM PDT  
          • I agree just ask Bin Ladin, Kim Jon Ill, Muammar Gaddafi, and Hosni Mubarak. Oh wait a second.

            Comment by tsi431 – October 23, 2012 05:54 AM PDT  
          • Muslims liking Obama is bad…why, exactly?

            Comment by Angela – October 23, 2012 06:48 PM PDT  
  • 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.

    Comment by SpyTV – October 22, 2012 08:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You think he will like to be call President Mittens?

    Comment by JB Smooove – October 22, 2012 09:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by mark y – October 22, 2012 09:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This comment would be awesome if you posted under the name Alex Jones ;) And tried to sell us a years worth of freeze dried food for the coming apocalypse.

      Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 22, 2012 09:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Just about everyone of your posts are mean. It’s unnecessary.

        Comment by Russ – October 22, 2012 11:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • its people like him who give Republicans a bad name. he’s just another Troll.

          Comment by Elyse – October 23, 2012 04:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • …uh-huh. Sure.

      Comment by Angela – October 22, 2012 09:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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…

    Comment by Steph – October 22, 2012 10:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Britta Unfiltered – October 23, 2012 12:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Mikael – October 23, 2012 08:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by ohlala – October 22, 2012 10:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • agreed. someone take that mans computer away!

      Comment by Elyse – October 23, 2012 04:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m always interested in these debates to find out what Romney’s positions are going to be this week.

    Comment by Tim – October 22, 2012 11:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ROTFLOL – Seriously. It’s like Romney drew from a hat the morning of the debates or something.

      Comment by big cheddar – October 22, 2012 11:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by deb horwitz – October 23, 2012 12:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. That was wonderfully said.

      Comment by Isabelle – October 23, 2012 12:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • One of the best comments on this thread. It takes time to rebuild-we should give him that time.

      Comment by big cheddar – October 23, 2012 02:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bill Maher @billmaher
    Mitt’s entire debate strategy: What he just said, but from a white guy

    quite complete as a review :D

    Comment by Polly – October 23, 2012 12:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – October 23, 2012 01:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Scott – October 23, 2012 01:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by aunt_deen – October 23, 2012 02:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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?

    Comment by undecided – October 23, 2012 06:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Templar – October 23, 2012 07:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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….

        Comment by Nicole – October 23, 2012 07:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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?

        Comment by Martina – October 23, 2012 08:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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?

          Comment by DoctorWhoFanatic! – October 23, 2012 12:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by murley – October 23, 2012 12:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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?

      Comment by big cheddar – October 23, 2012 07:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Caro – October 23, 2012 07:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Mary – October 23, 2012 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Midori004 – October 23, 2012 08:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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?

    Comment by Michael – October 23, 2012 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by sash fan – October 23, 2012 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Yesterday's Child – October 23, 2012 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Leah – October 23, 2012 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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