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October 23rd, 2012
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Obama wins final debate, but does it matter?

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper reports on the impact of the presidential debate and the state of the race going into the last few weeks of campaigning. Watch AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

A forceful President Barack Obama put Republican challenger Mitt Romney on the defensive on foreign policy on Monday night, with analysts and an immediate poll giving him the victory in their final debate just 15 days before the November 6 vote.

Obama displayed the experience of a commander-in-chief in explaining U.S. policy under his leadership and attacking the views and proposals of Romney, a former Massachusetts governor with less experience on international issues.

Romney ended up supporting most of the Obama administration's steps involving hotspots, such as the civil war in Syria, and preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, giving the president the advantage in a debate in which his GOP rival needed to question foreign policy of the past four years.

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  1. Renee

    Anderson, you are missing the point about the U.S. Navy. Basically, President Obama was flippant about our military. He also was insulting to Governor Romney and as our president, that is not acceptable. He also did more attacking than answering questions. The American people want answers not attacks. To say something to the effect of 'you know we have airforce carriers, those ships that planes land on" is insulting and talking down to someone. He should remember that a debate is his way of communicating with the American public and we were insulted as should Mitt Romney be.

    October 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
  2. willis G. Stitt

    Obama would be a good pre4sident. Romney will be a better president.

    October 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
  3. Bill

    Seems to be a collective consciouness in the U.S. and World. Could be the Internet. For better or worse the collective "baby" does not include Romney as U.S. President. See Judgment of Solomon, two women and one baby.

    October 23, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  4. naline

    Run Romney Run!!

    October 23, 2012 at 10:10 am |