Political science expert Dr. Carol Swain says Barack Obama's
"pettiness" in Monday night's debate over foreign policy contrasted
sharply with Mitt Romney's more serious and presidential
In the third and final presidential debate Monday night,
President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney spared over
national security and the economy. While many commentators rated
the debate a draw, political science expert Dr. Carol Swain
believes Romney did better than expected.
The debate was held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
Moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News began with a question on
challenges in the Middle East - a question in which the attack on
the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was not addressed.
According to Swain, an incumbent president typically has the
advantage when discussing foreign policy issues. She says she had
hoped Romney would have distinguished himself more from Obama.
"If I were Mitt Romney, I would have gone back repeatedly to the
fact that the only thing the Obama administration has done is
de-stabilize the Middle East, remove the devils that we knew [and]
that we had some control over, and replace them with a lot of
unknown people," she tells OneNewsNow.
The Vanderbilt University educator said she was
impressed with the GOP nominee's closing remarks, noting he looked
presidential and as one who could lead the nation.
"His closing statement was so powerful," Swain offers in
reference to Romney. "And after listening to President Obama's
pettiness and him just coming across so un-presidential, it was a
sharp contrast -- and ... almost the same contrast that you saw
between [Paul] Ryan and [Vice President Joe] Biden: one person, you
know, being very differential and serious, and then the other
behaving like a school child."
Swain doubts the debate was a game-changer, leaving Romney with
the momentum he built over the past several weeks.
Dunn: Mitt has the 'Big Mo'
Conservative political scientist and historian Dr. Charles Dunn
agrees with Swain, saying the president failed to do in the debate
what he had to do to reverse Romney's momentum. Dunn, a professor
of government at Regent University 's Robertson School of
Government, offers his assessment.
"Obama needed an overwhelming rebuttal and victory,
which [he] did not get because [he] came off looking just very
small and petty in his responses," Dunn tells OneNewsNow. "So I
think we have to say that Romney went into the debate with
momentum, and he comes out of the debate with 'The Big Mo' of
In contrast, says the political historian, Romney did the five
things he had to do to win Monday night's final presidential
"He needed to look presidential - he did. He needed to sound
presidential - he did. He needed to demonstrate knowledge - he did.
He needed to raise credibility issues with Obama - he did," he
offers. "And he needed to shift the debate from foreign policy to
domestic economic issues, especially jobs - he did."