October 23rd, 2012
07:03 AM ET
6 years ago

5 things we learned in Monday's debate

Boca Raton, Florida (CNN) - The third and final presidential debate proved to be a substantive, if not sharp, discussion on the major issues facing the nation as both candidates tried in earnest to persuade the small sliver of undecideds to vote for them.

While foreign policy was the overarching theme, it was no surprise that the domestic economy shared center stage as President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney each sought to score points on the No. 1 issue of this election.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
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  1. van maseya

    um proud of President Barack Obama,once again he proved last night that he's the right man for the job.He deserves the second term.

    October 23, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  2. Donzi

    Time for a change – Romney 2012/2016!

    October 23, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  3. jpmichigan

    Yes, there were a number of things one learn for the last debate. #1 Obama has no new vision, flying on the same playbook from 2008. #2 Money to pay for the war in Afganistan was barrowed money so how can it be placed in the system, well maybe to have a little less debt. But then spend as quick as you can Obama, it won't be used for that. #3 Romney never mentions liquidation of auto companies. #4 I heard a clear vision for Americans at home and abroad from the Governor, he acted more Presidential then the President. #5 I could see and hear rudness, disrespectfulness and pure tension in the President . There were times I pushed the mute button when Obama spoke, for I heard the same rhetoric before and he had nothing new to add. We do need CHANGE in the White House inorder for Americans to have HOPE of a better/safer America.

    October 23, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  4. nina

    obama did amazing...all romney did was follow obama's lead!
    howeve'r i still would like to know what no media is reporting on tagg romneys connection to the diebold voting machines.....conflict of interest i would say.
    maybe that is why mitt is soooo confident and doesn't have to follow the same rules like truth telling.....transparency....my god his son threatened the president and the media said nothing! Really? if obama's family had threatened miit the repubs would prob put a hit out on him....me thinks after 4 years, its still about the colour of one's skin not the content of their character

    October 23, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    Top one is Obama did excellent. Yes, on Obama12. Period.
    PS: very educated says this, listen. No wars, yes on Education.

    October 23, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  6. Name emmanuel kolawole

    president obama u are the 1st man in the world belive that u are goin for second tam

    October 23, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    5 things. Right.
    We learned ONE thing, and one thing only: President Obama is an outstanding, decisive, and KNOWLEDGEABLE Commander-in-Chief, and he will remain our CIC for the next 4 years.

    October 23, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  8. anonoymous

    GOVERNMENT DOESNT CREATE JOBS MITT ROMMNEY stated in second debate in his final remarks. So how does he guarantee an additional 12 million jobs the economist agree 12 million will be created no matter who is president? Sounds like same old trickled down economics with a good ole war thrown to boot! Romney does has a vision it. It looks just like GW Bush all over again. no thank you

    October 23, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  9. Borderless

    I completely disagree with the polls that have Obama squeaking by a victory on Romney in last night's debates. I believe that Obama came out strong and exuded authority. I think of the two he was much more in control of the debate and he did a much better job. I saw last night as a complete reversal of the first debate.

    However, in actual practice, Obama hasn't done so well. Romney did have some very valid points that he attempted to make. Obama's foreign policy has been anemic at best. The point that we need a strong economy at home to be strong abroad was a very important one. That is Obama's weakest point. He has burned all his bridges in Washington and Republicans simply will not work with him. That's a problem if he hopes to get anything done on the economy. When he is re-elected, we are going to see unprecedented stagnation in Washington at the expense of our economy. I think the results are going to be practically apocalyptic. Romney at least has a chance of getting something done, even if it is a watered down version of his sub-par 5 point plan. At least it's something and may be just enough to avert disaster.

    October 23, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  10. sunny

    i love how the media CNN FOX ABC always says how romney looked more presidential and the right man. they never show anything good about the president. that just shows how the rich republicans owns those channels and misleading the public on the wrong direction. even when obama wins they say ohh ummm obama won but it was pretty much a tie. look at the # obama clearly won and is the better man for the job. romneys goal is to make the riches more richer and destroy americas economy more. DONT listen to the media people. research your own facts look at the reality and vote for whats right for americas future.

    October 23, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  11. MrBeenThere

    Burger King just announced they have a New Burger the "King Whopper" they call it the Mitt Romney come's with a side of Bull Chip's and covered in flip flop sauce.............. and in every box you get a little prize World Peace.....

    October 23, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  12. Malory Archer

    One thing I learned: mittens is clueless on foreign affairs and shouldn't be allowed within a hundred miles of the "red phone".

    October 23, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  13. Malory Archer


    i love how the media CNN FOX ABC always says how romney looked more presidential and the right man.


    I know, right? I saw a guy who stumbled and bumbled his way through foreign affairs. mittens proved last night that he's not at all the statesman we need representing America on the world stage.

    October 23, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  14. A Kickin` Donkey

    We confirmed that Romney is a PUNK & a BULLY.

    He had no base of knowledge to bolster his ego on this topic and thus couldn`t offer any original thought. He was mind mannered and subdued; unlike the other debates.

    A real man, a real leader doesn`t change his cadence and his bearing just because he is less of an experet on a particular topic, IF he has a core set of beliefs. Romney`s character is suspect.

    October 23, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  15. Malory Archer

    It's too bad the debates are over. I listened to most of last night's debate without watching it on TV. Everyone should try it – it really forces you to listen to what's being said and reinforces just how totally out of league the challenger is.

    October 23, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  16. Tony

    Mitt Romney morphed into Barack Obama of the first debate. He did not want to be there, or he did not want to debate the subject. We all know what happened to the polls after the first debate.

    October 23, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  17. becky

    Did Mr. Romney tell us that his children would be in the military helping to "defend" this country? Are the other Republican leaders willing to send their own children into battle? Before we enter another war we need to make sure that the burden of fighting is shared among all Americans and that all Americans are willing to make sacrifices to pay for any war. The wars we are fighting now are being fought by a volunteer army without any call to arms for our citizens and without any sacrifices on our parts. We are convinced we can have guns and butter and then are angry when the economy suffers. When will we ever learn that there are consequences for our actions.

    I am not against war. My husband served for 22 years. I am against the idea that only one group in society is asked to serve. An all volunteer army during peace time is perfect. However, when we make the decision to fight then all who are between the ages of 18 and 40 must be ready to join the military. That would include Mormons, the children of the very wealthy, students whose deferments end on graduation day, and conscientious objectors who can serve in hospitals in many different positions.

    Either all of us or none of us!

    October 23, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  18. Larry in Houston

    I'm glad that I voted a straight ticket for Obama – yesterday was the start of early voting here, and it only took me about a minute to vote ! I was out of the voting booth quick !

    If we didn't have internet access these days, Romney would have been our Next Pres. NO more Buying elections , anymore , like during the Bush & Reagan Days !!

    A Vote for the Democrat party – is a Vote for the people making LESS than 100K per yr !!!

    October 23, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. Middle Class Independent Swing State Voter

    I learned that Romney will say and do ANYTHING to become President of the United States. He can't be trusted to stand on ANY position and that scares me when it comes to foreign policy. I vote based on CHARACTER and conviction. And that's why by vote is for President Barack Obama

    October 23, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  20. Wake up People!

    @Sunny. Welcome to the real world, the press would rather walk thru he!! wearing gasoline drawers than give President Obama credit for anything. Which is why I laugh when the right wingnuts cry foul. First debate, President Obama sits back and allows Willard to dig his hole. And dig he did. President is called weak and many other names. Willard is labeled the winner and has what it takes to be POTUS even though everything he said was lies. Second debate President Obama comes out strong and takes Willard to the mat. Now he's a bully picking on wittle Willard. Now it's a draw, and finally last night when Willard changed AGAIN, they barely want to admit the POTUS won. No matter what President Obama does, he is still wrong.

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 23, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. CT

    rommney is a whote middle aged racist mormom(black people have the mark of Cain?)and is only seeking office to protect the white/rich agenda...everyone will suffer,blacks whites etc,if you dont have millons of dollars in the bank

    October 23, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. Name Sam

    During the first and second debatse, Gov. Romney amplified an old Republican Theme that raising Taxes on the wealthy would place a burden on Small Businesses and would thus kill Jobs. That theme seemed to reasonate with a lot of independents and undecided voters.
    As a Small Business owner, I know that more money in my hands isn't necessarily going to translate to hiring more personnel.
    The President needs to rebut the Romney proposition by emphasizing the following:
    Jobs are created as a result of Capacity Development. The need to increase the Supply of Goods and Services leads to Capacity Development. Increase in the level of Demand necessitates an increase in Supply. By leaving more money in the hands of those with a higher propensity/likelihood to spend it (Middle Class), there will be more Demand in the economy, hence Jobs. This will create Jobs in the short, medium and long term, and as more people are paying Taxes, it would enhance our ability to deal with the deficit now and in the future. On the contrary, a tax break for folks in the top bracket may infact have a stagnating effect on the Economy as the additional income would more likely be saved instead of spent.

    October 23, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. Anonymous

    What I learned is that Obama won the debate. I also learned to what lengths our corporate media will go favor Romney. What we do know now is that when we need our media the most, we can no longer trust it will be there giving us the truth. Causing one to become really unsure just how a Romney presidency would be anymore different than say a Richard Nixon presidency. All these lies being promoted by Romney - and now the media - is a real eye opener.

    October 23, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    The gop and Ryan have been runing the house for four years on their promises of jobs and with Ryan in charge ,so how many jobs did the gop creation , 0. So why would any smart personal trust them now ???? Not!!!!!

    October 23, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney showed a commanding understanding of the dynamics of the Middle East along with a strategy for dealing with that situation and with China. Obama made some jokes.

    Mitt Romney talked about fixing American domestic problems by working in a bipartisan fashion to help control the national spending and getting the economy to create 12 million new jobs. Obama made personal attacks on his opponent.

    Romney won on the issues and on class. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    October 23, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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