It is often said that voters pick their candidate by asking the question: Which one would you want to have a beer with? Well since Pudney doesn't drink beer, I will pose an alternative question: Which candidate possesses cockish qualities which, if you saw them displayed in person, would make you say, 'I would never vote for that person'.
When President Obama let fly the scolding, "Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets," to illustrate Mitt Romney's grasp of modern military during the third presidential debate, the chuckle could be heard around the world. Arguably Obama's retort accomplished what it intended to do: Embarrass his political rival and earn the president points as someone in the trenches - all under the forgiving cloak of humor.
Debates are part of the political battle where fortunes can be won and lost on the turn of a sentence. If you've ever taken part in a full-on debate, you'll know it is hard work. In this game we've simulated 1% of the experience. To win each point you need to type-in your sentence before your opponent completes their counter-point.
Obama missed more than one opportunity to go on the offensive and force his opponent to reveal the details of any of those unseen "plans" he kept referring to (I counted at least four). But I'm not so sure that Romney will emerge the ultimate winner of this debate. By showing how quickly he is willing to throw off the cloak of the Republican right in order to appeal to mainstream Americans, he may have served to alienate both groups.
http://blogs.news.sky.com/profile/Jon-Christopher%20BuaAlthough Mitt Romney has described himself as "severely conservative", this week we saw a glimpse of a moderate, pragmatic, former Governor who has been pushed so far to the right to win the Republican nomination, that he was almost unrecognisable.