Debate Zinger: ‘Horses and Bayonets’

Mark Wilson / Getty Images

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) listens as moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS speaks during the debate with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University on October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. The focus for the final presidential debate before Election Day on November 6 is foreign policy.

“Horses and bayonets”: An undeniably awesome band name idea, and Obama’s best zinger in the first half of the presidential debate on foreign policy. Romney blasted Obama for cutting military funding by $1 trillion, saying the Navy needs more ships, the Air Force needs newer and more planes, and the country can no longer afford to two conflicts. Obama called Romney’s military vision outdated. While the Navy may have fewer ships than it did in 1917, Obama said, “We also have fewer horses and bayonets.” The exchange came after the candidates veered so far off topic that moderator Bob Schieffer chastised: “Let’s get back to foreign policy.”