October 23, 2012- The third and final presidential debate was not more than seconds old, when it emerged how lessons had been learned by the participants. They were not rude to the latest moderator, they were not afraid to ask for fact-checkers and they remembered to speak about women’s rights as many times as they possibly could.
The last debate was to be focused on foreign policy and it generally was expect for the times both candidates returned the topic of conversation back to arguments of the economy. In addition, it was noticeable how the two men: President Barack Obama and Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney had changed their personal tone and presentation.
This debate bordered on boring, as the participants were both seated behind a table. They faced the moderator and were seen on split screen on the monitor. Obama cracked the night’s only joke when he countered a charge by Romney that the Navy has fewer ships currently than in 1917 with; there are fewer bayonets and horses as well.
Romney is always a very soft spoken individual and stayed away from the “gotcha” moments. He often times had a small smile on his face that people could read however, they liked.
Moderator Bob Schieffer was clear from the start he would not allow nonsense from either of the two men. He started the night telling the audience in a firm but gentle way that both campaigns had agreed to a set of rules and he would make sure they would be upheld. He said, without saying, that interrupting, speaking over time, cross-talk and abuse of the moderator would not be tolerated.
The two presidential candidates argued over Syria and Detroit. However, a rather surprising theme was brought up and that was women. Romney mentioned women’s equal rights in the beginning of the debate, which was quite odd since the night was about Syria, Iraq and other foreign policy issues. Obama countered Romney by mentioning women’s rights in almost all of his responses.