The president wasn’t always correct either. When Romney stated that when he was governor in Massachusetts high school students got got a “four-years, tuition free ride” at any school in the state, Obama denied it’s validity. “That happened before you came into office,” he said. In actuality, the scholarship program that Romney referred to started in 2004, while he was governor of the state.
Among the zingers that got the Twitter-verse (and other facets of social media) in a fury, was the president’s infamous “bayonets” line. Romney set himself up for another hit when he quipped that the Navy has gotten too small, having fewer ships than back in 1916. “Well governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go under water, nuclear submarines, and so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting ships,” he replied. The hashtag #horsesandbayonets became a trending topic, and on Facebook there were more than 50 pages dedicated to the phrase.
Several polls taken after the debate showed the incumbent beating his opponent, but as the presidential election edges closer, there is still no clear winner.
Watch the debate in it’s entirety below.