Who Won The Final 2012 Presidential Debate: Obama or Romney?
The debate at Lynn University in Florida on Oct. 22, 2012, is behind us. Who do you think won? And what did our audience for our Wehrenberg debate watch parties think?
Updated with results of Patch surveys.
Who won Monday night's debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney? It might have been Major League Baseball, as the politicians competed with Game 7 of the St. Louis Cardinals-San Francisco Giants pennant series.
But among about 60 die-hard politics watchers who joined Patch.com for debate-watching parties at two local Wehrenberg theaters, viewers called the tete-a-tete a draw.
Monday's debate was the last of three debates between the presidential candidates and the fourth in a series staged by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The vice presidential candidates faced off on Oct. 11.
The debate came 15 days before voters go to the ballot box on Nov. 6.
- Who do you think won the Oct. 22, 2012, debate? Let us know in the comments or vote in the poll below?
A narrowly pro-Romney crowd viewed the debate at the Wehrenberg's Des Peres 14 Cine. A somewhat smaller crowd at the Wehrenberg St. Charles Stadium 18 Cine gave the edge to Obama. Combined, about 60 people came out for the debates — about half of what the Wehrenberg audience for the first three debates this month.
"The president looked like the president tonight," said one visitor to the debate in St. Charles. Meanwhile, a Romney supporter in Des Peres said Romney "had facts and a plan; Obama just tried to scare voters with lies."
Most theater visitors were leaning to whichever candidate they thought won. A few undecided voters were in the audience, including one who said the debate persuaded her Romney had won and was leaning toward voting for him.
"He seemed more upbeat and positive," the voter said.
A strong Romney supporter said "he appeared more confident, less combative, more or as informed as the president—who should be an expert, of course."
Some in attendance said they wished the candidates had a chance to address more specifically what would happen if the Afghans were not prepared to handle security by the so-called withdrawal deadline of 2014.
This debate aired at the same time as Game 7 of the National League Championship Series game in San Francisco.
This third presidential debate focused on foreign policy and used a conventional Q&A format with moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News asking questions to the candidates seated at a table.
At the first debate, conventional wisdom, pundits and observers said Romney had salvaged a flagging campaign with his performance in Denver on Oct. 3. In the next presidential debate, a town-hall-style format with questions from undecided voters, opinions were divided.
- Who Won the Presidential Debate? (First presidential debate, Oct. 3, 2012)
- Biden-Ryan Vice Presidential Debate: Who Won? (VP debate, Oct. 11, 2012)
- Obama-Romney Presidential Debate: Who Won? (Second presidential debate, Oct. 16, 2012)
We'll update this article with more reaction from our debate viewing parties shortly. Who do you think won the Oct. 22, 2012, debate? Let us know in the comments or vote in the poll below?