The final presidential debate wasn’t as exciting as the last one, but pundits think President Barack Obama still came out on top.
The second presidential was very confrontational as both the president and GOP candidate Mitt Romney literally got in each other’s faces over the issues. Monday night’s discussion, however, was a much calmer affair.
With Election Day two weeks away, the candidates sat down with moderator Bob Schieffer to discuss foreign policy. What viewers saw was a much different approach from Mitt, who appeared to agree with the president on a lot of points. He even congratulated the president on bringing down Osama bin Laden.
The softer approach from his opponent didn’t take the president off course as he highlighted his years of experience balancing the budget and directing the military. Mitt tried to undercut those arguments by implying that President Obama has not been an effective leader, stating that he’d like to expand the military. Specifically, Mitt pointed to the fact that the Navy now has less ships now than it did in 1916.
The president took that opportunity to deliver perhaps the most memorable rebuttal of the night, explaining that the military has had to update over the years. "We also have fewer horses and bayonets," he said. "The nature of our military has changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them."
He added, "The question is not a game of Battleship, where we are counting ships, it’s what are our capabilities."
The president also called Mitt out on his lack of details about how he plans to make good on his campaign promises. Between his calm demeanor and the solid arguments he made, many believe the president won the night.
"There’s no question debate coaches would score this one for the president," said CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
A CNN poll taken among people who watched the debate also favored the president, 48 percent to Mitt’s 40 percent.