October 23rd, 2012
06:55 AM ET
10 years ago

Analysis: Obama didn't score knockout but landed more punches

(CNN) - Long before the candidates set foot on stage in Florida, President Barack Obama headed into the final debate of the 2012 campaign with the biggest advantage of all: he's already commander-in-chief.

The foreign policy face-off on Monday was devoted to a subject on which presidents can speak about decision-making in the first person and challengers can't.


Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
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  1. waytogo

    Romney was gushing sweat every time he said some thing he did not believe in ( ?). Other than being on a stretcher, he was dessimated bythe President on all issues. The rediculous Poll CNN came up with was no way near the reality. I was on the C-SPAN chat & at debate half-time point, polls showed Obama >67% with Romney <35%. Don't know the final Poll b'cause my computer froze. SInce the debate gyt only better after the half time, it cannot be any less. CNN is competing for audience with Fox News. If that is the case, I may have no use for CNN going forward.

    October 23, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  2. dachozen1

    This was clearly a knockout to the point it look like Romney was teary eyed. Mitt was like a fish on land and the Pres. easily took apart Romney's previous careless rhetoric. The media appears to be looking for a close race. The CNN polls are taken from a mostly republican base.

    October 23, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  3. A Kickin` Donkey

    All Romney gave were his typical "word salad" responses. There was no substance there; no expertise. If punk Romney had engaged the President, there would have been a KNOCKOUT.

    Mr. Romney DID NOT demonstrate even a basic level of competence. I don`t think "CEO Romney" would hire "Candidate Romney" for the position. If he says otherwise, we all have to question his judgement.

    October 23, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  4. Sandy

    Sorry, but I thought this was a knock out punch, or it should be. I think that was an epic beat down of Romney by the President. The Romney/Ryan ticket has absolutely NO FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE! and it showed last night. At least Obama picked a foreign policy expert as his running mate, and Obama served on the foreign relations committee as senator. I thought that lack of foreign policy knowledge by Romney, plus the lying and flip flopping of positions, disqualifies him to be President, imo. With so much going on around the world, there is no way a rational person should choose Romney/Ryan to represent us around the world!

    October 23, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The 9-11 attack was done by airplane and yet we put boots on the ground instead of using our modern technology like drones, etc. In the Libya war there were no boots on the ground, we used our modern technology. The attack on Benghazi was carried out on the ground by terrorist with boots on the ground and then there's Syria using boots on the ground and military air attacks on their people and we've got people like Senator John McCain saying we should do more. There's a pattern here and a President shouldn't take action until there is a clear understanding of what's at stake and not feel pressured into responding to these attacks.

    October 23, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. Elizabeth

    You saying the President didn't score a knockout blow doesn't make it so. The President made Romney look inexperienced in foreign policy. Not to mention Romney agreed with everything that the President has been doing. Romney has no conviction at all. He will say and do anything to get elected. How can you trust a guylike that. The President did a fantastic job last night,

    October 23, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. enuff

    My husband, who has voted republican, even admitted that Romney was squirming at times and was losing this one

    October 23, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |