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Snap verdict: Barack Obama won, again, for two in row. The CBS snap poll had it (more lopsidedly than I saw it, by the way) as 53 to 23 Obama, with 24 percent undecided. But Mitt Romney’s strategy tonight was the more interesting.
“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”Mitt Romney’s apparent obsession with that slogan, used by the small-town high-school football team depicted on the now-defunct TV series Friday Night Lights, is a real head-scratcher. It came up once more during the fourth and final debate—a topsy-turvy affair in Boca Raton, Fla.
Tonight's debate reminded me of that Saturday Night Live sketch from the 2000 debate in which Darrell Hammond's Al Gore answered, "I agree" to everything said by Will Ferrell's George W. Bush. On Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Israel, Romney again and again repudiated any substantial policy difference between himself and the president.
Three debates: two close, one a slam dunk. President Obama had a good night, but Romney was calm and presidential. So overall, net advantage over the course of the three debates goes to Romney. The wave of enthusiasm that swept Barack Obama into office in 2008 has ebbed.
Was it just me, or did the Mommy and Daddy Parties switch places in tonight’s debate?Stylistically, Romney came across as significantly softer than Obama. While the governor maintained the even-keeled, well-modulated manner he has displayed throughout so many of these debates, the president was fierce and crisp, verging on bellicose and pissed-off.
‘We Can’t Kill Our Way Out’Mitt Romney began Monday’s foreign-policy debate in Boca Raton, Fla., with a line that seemed to clarify his previously murky statements on our involvement in Iraq: “We can’t kill our way out of this mess,” he said.
President Obama accused Mitt Romney of “wrong and reckless leadership that is all over the map” at their final debate Monday night, while Romney took a strikingly sober and subdued approach in response.Uncorking a half-dozen attacks within minutes as his rival sat across the table in Boca Raton, the president tried to eviscerate Romney on foreign policy.
Perhaps it was a symbol of the recession: she didn't wear a brand new designer outfit. And she didn't wear a blinding pink suit, either. No, in Florida on Monday night at the third presidential debate, Michelle Obama chose a subtle dress she had worn a month before.
(10:31) Nevermind on the debate call. Obamney wins. (10:27) The theme of this evening: disappointment.I remember naively supporting Obama in 2008 because I hoped he cared about civil liberties and thought for the future. What we saw tonight was a conservative Democrat who fights to preserve the economy of the 20th century, a bipartisan consensus in favor of a foreign policy that endangers the America we love, and a Republican who could criticize the President but can't seem to figure out a way forward.
Monday night’s third and final presidential debate is slated to be an international face-off between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, as Obama’s lead in several swing states appears to be narrowing. CBS News’s Bob Schieffer is moderating, and he’ll be focused on keeping the discussion squarely in the bounds of foreign policy, and he’s already admitted he can’t make everybody happy, telling Howard Kurtz, “You’re never going to please all of the people all of the time.
We’ve been at war with al Qaeda for at least 11 years and still don’t know how to have an effective political or, more important, strategic conversation about it. In the five weeks since the Benghazi attack, we’ve spent far more time arguing about what to call it than discussing its implications.
For the subject no one is supposed to care about, this next and final debate could end up being absolutely crucial. The stakes were arguably high enough with Benghazi in the gunsights one more time. But suddenly, the “news” or leak or whatever it is that Iran may have agreed to post-election negotiations with the Obama administration will add tremendous drama to Monday night’s affair.
The web is still giggling over Romney’s ‘binders of women’ comment from last night’s debate. From Psi Gangnam’s exploded binders to Fat Bastard’s take on equal employment, see highlights.
Throughout his campaign, Mitt Romney has attacked President Obama for, well, attacking him—and he doubled down on this approach Monday night: 'Attacking me is not an agenda,' Romney scolded.
Obama and Romney duked it out on foreign policy Monday night. Watch the most memorable moments.
As of mid-October, the Obama campaign has 755 offices nationwide for its get-out-the-vote effort—nearly three times as many as the Romney campaign. PLUS: John Avlon and Michael Keller break down what the office edge could mean on election day.
Dukakis and the rape question. Reagan and his age joke. See the highest and lowest moments of debates past.
Big Bird, Binders Full of Women, and, now, Horses and Bayonets. The funniest meme photos from the latest debate catchphrase.
Ahead of Tuesday’s presidential debate, a look at the more entertaining showdowns from film and TV.
The extraordinary life of the man who liberated South Africa—and then kept the country from falling apart.