Presidential Debate Reaction | VideoJessica Roose | 10/23/2012
The candidates shook hands, sat down and dove right into the issues. It was less confrontational than the last time they met on stage.
"I congratulate him on taking out Osama Bin Laden and going after Al Qaeda. But we can`t kill our way out of this mess," Romney said.
"Governor Romney, I`m glad that you recognize that Al Qaeda`s a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what`s the biggest geo-political threat facing America you said Russia," Obama said.
"I was pleased to see that they were civil to one another, I appreciated that. I thought it was very good," said one Bismarck resident.
"You know a little bit of conflict or aggravation from each other is probably a good thing. It shows their human side," said Mandan resident Jill Renner.
Recent polls show that the President pulled out a narrow win in the final debate, but political analysts say it was expected.
"Foreign policy debates generally goes to the incumbent. Just because they have the advantage of saying I am the commander in chief and here`s what I`ve done. It`s a lot more difficult for the challenger to come in and say...or if I disagree with you here or there how that comes across as support or lack of support for the military," said University of Mary Political Science Professor Dr. Mark Springer.
With just two weeks left before voters head to the polls, Springer says it`s going to come down to the swing states.
"Florida`s almost a dead lock, right now I think one of the recent polls I saw was that it was just a slight lead for Obama. Ohio again that`s evenly split. Pennsylvania, same thing," Springer said.
It will all come down to the electoral votes, which as we`ve seen in the past, could be won without the popular vote.
Romney still holds a comfortable lead over Obama here in North Dakota. The poll shows he has 54 percent support while the president is at just 40 percent.