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No Bump For Obama from Third Debate

President Obama was widely held to have won Monday’s third presidential debate with Gov. Mitt Romney, but a new poll conducted entirely after the encounter shows the president getting little to no benefit from his performance.

According to the latest Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll, conducted Tuesday through Thursday, Romney now leads Obama by three points, 50-47 percent. In a poll completed Monday and released Tuesday, Romney was ahead by four points, 50-46 percent.

The one point change is not statistically significant.

While Obama may have made more unanswered arguments during the debate, Romney may have succeeded overall by projecting a presidential air and demonstrating his knowledge of foreign affairs.

In fact, Obama has fallen further behind Romney even since polling done after the second debate, when Obama regained his form from his disastrous performance in the first.

After the second matchup, Romney was up by a point, keeping the ground he had gained since winning the first debate, according to Rasmussen. So even since his second debate recovery, in the Rasmussen polls, things have continued to get worse for the president.

Rasmussen also found that, over the three debates, Romney is viewed by the public as having bested the president.

Rasmussen Poll: Romney Won the Debates

A new poll by Scott Rasmussen gives Gov. Mitt Romney the title as overall winner of the three debates.

The survey found that 49 percent think Romney won compared to 41 percent who said President Obama did.

Apparently, despite Obama’s victory – according to the polls, not according to me – in the third debate, voters remember the first encounter, when Romney by universal agreement wiped the president out.

And, in a bit of good news for The Republic, just eight percent of likely U.S. voters say they did not watch any of the debates.

Obama Flubs: U.S. Has More Bayonets Today Than in 1916

President Obama erroneously asserted during Monday night’s debate that the U.S. military has fewer bayonets than it did in 1916. In fact, the armed forces likely possess more than three times as many of the weapons as they did before the U.S. entry into World War I.

The error is significant because Obama sought during the debate to portray himself as having an edge on Gov. Mitt Romney because of his experience leading the military, referring to himself three times as “commander in chief.”

Obama, who was trying to ridicule Romney’s concern that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916, derisively quipped that Romney “hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works.”

He lectured Romney:

You — you mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets — (laughter) — 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 yet, the president himself clearly lacked an understanding of the importance to his own military of one of the most fundamental tools of warfare.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. military has at least 600,000 bayonets in stock and plans to acquire 175,000 more.

Given that there were about 200,000 men in the Army and National Guard in 1916, according to National Review, that would mean that there are three times as many bayonets today and probably will be at least four times as many than before World War I.

According to the website, every Marine receives bayonet training in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and on the Bayonet Assault Course in Recruit Training. The bayonet makes a rifle “just as effective in close combat situations,” according to the website.

Since Mr. Obama hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works, maybe this will help:

Here’s the exchange between Obama and Romney:

Romney’s Brilliant Maneuver

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Bush’s Role in Obama’s Foreign Policy Successes

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White House Dossier Transcribes the Debate! Sort of.

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Crowley Lends Support to Obama’s Benghazi Deception

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Obama Given Edge Over Romney in Post-Debate Polls

Both the CBS and CNN post-debate snap polls gave President Obama an edge over Gov. Mitt Romney, though Obama’s victory was so narrow it’s not clear whether it will help him make up the drop in the polls that occurred after his disastrous performance in the first debate two weeks ago. CBS found that 37… Continue Reading

Crowley Won’t Follow Debate Contract

Presidential Debate moderator Candy Crowley today reiterated that she plans to ask the candidates follow up questions after audience members have put a topic on the table. Only, the contract between the two campaigns envisions her doing nothing of the sort: The moderator will not ask follow-up questions or comment on either the questions asked… Continue Reading

Report: Biden Lied Repeatedly During Debate

Wanted to make sure you saw this report in National Review on Vice President Joe Biden’s serial mendacity. A lot of people compared Biden’s demeanor during the debate to The Joker in Batman. Apparently, though, he had constructed all by himself a new Batman nemesis: The Liar. Biden lied repeatedly during the debate, according to… Continue Reading