Presidential Debate: Russia, Horses And Bayonets, Oh My!

Obama and Romney duke it out in Boca Raton, Florida, in their final duel.

With just two weeks until the presidential election, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney met at Boca Raton, Florida’s Lynn University for the third and final presidential debate showdown Monday night (October 22).

Bob Schieffer of “Face the Nation” moderated the debate, which aimed to focus on foreign policy, an appropriate topic of discussion on the 50th anniversary of the night John F. Kennedy told the people of the United States that the Soviet Union had installed missiles in Cuba. Unfortunately, there were no binders of women to be found tonight, but we’ve recapped a few very memorable moments:

Horses and Bayonets: Obama Snark in Full Throttle
Obama called Romney out for what he deemed his misunderstanding of the nature of modern warfare. When Romney complained that we have fewer naval ships now than we did in 1917, the president quipped, “Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets. We have these things called aircraft carriers. This isn’t a game of Battleship.” Obama was also in full snark mode when he accused Romney of “trying to airbrush history.”

Foreign Policy … Or Not
The topic of the debate was supposed to revolve around foreign policy; however, at times, our candidates veered a bit too much to our side of the pond. An especially off-topic issue that kept coming up was education. The two men sparred over class size, hiring more teachers and the power of teacher unions. Schieffer’s most repeated line of the night: “Let me get back to foreign policy.”

Finding Common Ground
In the most shocking revelation of the night, Obama and Romney actually agreed on something. Of course, they did it in the most passive-aggressive way possible, but in discussing a plan of action regarding Syria, Obama argued, “He doesn’t have different ideas, because we’re doing exactly what we should be doing.”

Russia, Our Biggest Enemy?
Obama took issue with Romney — who recently listed Russia as the biggest geopolitical threat facing America — for flip-flopping on matters of national security. “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because the Cold War has been over for 20 years. But Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policy of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s.”

So who won the debates? We’ll find out in two weeks.

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