Debate #3: Horses, Bayonets, & the 1980s

In the first Presidential debate it was “Big Bird.” The second debate was “Binders Full of Women.” Last night the third and final Presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, gave us the “Horses and Bayonets” moment, and “the 1980s, they’re now calling to ask for their foreign policy back” moment.

Here’s my analysis of the final Presidential debate!

The voters taking part in The Western Word poll gave President Obama an overwhelming victory 79% to 21%. A CNN/ORC post-debate poll gave the victory to Obama 48% to 40% over Mitt Romney. A CBS poll of uncommitted voters had Obama beating Romney 53% to 23%.

A Fox News poll had Romney winning 99% to 1% (just kiddin’). 

You can watch the debate HERE. A transcript of the debate can be found HERE. An Associated Press “Fact Check” story can be found HERE.

One amusing part of the debate was Romney stating, “Our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917” and Obama responding with:

You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we 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 ships going underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of battleship where we’re counting ships but what our capabilities are.

By the way when I served my country in the military, the M-16 rifle I was issued came with an M-7 or M-9 bayonet.

Another funny moment was when Romney was talking about al-Qaida and the Middle East. Obama responded with:

I’m glad that you recognize that Al Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not Al Qaida; you said Russia, in the 1980s, they’re now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.

One thing that worried me at the end of the debate was when the families headed up to the stage. I was worried that Tagg Romney would throw a punch at the President because Obama schooled his old man for the second debate in a row.

Now it’s non-stop campaigning for the final two weeks in the battleground states. The President already gave a speech in Florida this morning to around 11,000 people and said that Romney’s performance last night was “at least Stage 3 Romnesia.” Obama heads to Ohio next and does six states in 48 hours. Most political folks believe that whoever wins Ohio will be the next President. Obama leads Romney in Ohio by almost two points according to Real Clear Politics. Ohio is the most important state in this election, period.

Romney headed for Nevada and Colorado for speeches this afternoon and evening.

Just like state-wide candidates in Montana and across the nation are going to counties and areas in their respective states where their polling shows they need help or to shore up support, the Presidential candidates are hitting battleground states and even the counties within those battleground states where they need help.

If you are a candidate or campaign worker, these last two weeks will push you to the edge with the hectic and fast-paced schedules. There will be long days and very short nights leading up to November 6.

Have fun and please don’t take a swing at anyone…

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