By Vanessa Parker
According to The Washington Post, 59.2 million people watched the third and final presidential debate, which took place in Boca Raton, Fla. Monday night.
It was also the least viewed of the three debates. One reason was because of the varied sporting events happening the same night. Both Monday Night Football and the National League Championship Series aired on different networks at the same time. ESPN aired the football game and Fox aired the baseball game.
The main topic for this debate was foreign policy. While the wars in the Middle East were mentioned and discussed, as well as terrorist nuclear threats, many other very important and current issues were ignored.
Early in this debate, President Barack Obama stated what his policies were, and Gov. Mitt Romney mostly agreed with what he said.
“Romney, I’m glad that you agree that we have been successful in going after Al-Qaeda, but… your strategy has been one that has been all over the map and is not designed to keep Americans safe or to build on the opportunities in the Middle East,” Obama said.
The rest of the debate went back and forth, the president and the governor discussing the current events in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.
Gov. Romney, midway through the debate, mentioned what his five point plan is in more detail.
Number one emphasizes that North American works toward energy independence. Number two involves an increase in trade. Number three is about using training programs for workers and schools working to help parents, students and teachers first. Number four is about balancing the budget for America. Last, number five is about becoming a champion for small businesses.
“As a matter of fact, Latin America’s economy is almost as big as the economy of China,” Romney said. “We’re all focused on China. Latin America is a huge opportunity for us: time zones, language opportunities.”
The most memorable quote from this debates involved horses and bayonets. It was a comment made in regards to the size of the Navy.
“You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916,” Obama said. “Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship where we’re counting ships. It’s ‘what are our capabilities?'”
There is the European financial crisis that could affect us here in the United States. We live in a world where everything is instant and the Internet connects us even faster. Therefore, it’s not an outrageous thought to be concerned about foreign currency affecting us here in the U.S. This issue was ignored during this debate.
There is the immigration issue that people are at odds about in all the political parties. How do we deal with illegal immigrants coming to America from not just Mexico, but other countries all over the world? This was another issue not discussed in this debate.
Then of course, there are the varied environmental issues that weren’t discussed. The Keystone XL pipeline scheduled to be bringing oil into the U.S. from Canada raises concerns due to spillage risks. In addition, will the U.S. reduce carbon dioxide emissions? If we do, will there be efforts to make other nations follow suit?
There are other nations in Africa with invaluable natural resources as well as their own sets of problems. Why are only Egypt and Libya the sole focus? For example, Mali is increasingly experiencing violence directly attributed to factions of Al-Qaeda, and their government has been overthrown since March of this year. Mali was briefly mentioned early in the debate, and quickly skipped over.
This third debate had the potential to address so many world issues, and the conversation just went around and around. This is also a possible reason why many people who started out watching this debate, turned the channel to watch other programs.