Horses and Bayonets Line Wins Twitter During Third Presidential Debate

    October 23, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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Last night’s third and final Presidential debate set out to focus on foreign policy, and despite a few detours into domestic policy, moderator Bob Schieffer managed to keep President Obama and Mitt Romney on that track.

This morning, Twitter has once again unveiled their statistics from the debate (which they’ve done for every previous contests). According to a blog post, Twitter users sent out 6.5 million tweets regarding the debate during its 90-minute duration. That’s just shy of what we saw at last week’s town hall-style debate, which generated 7.2 million tweets. But neither of them compare in sheer tweet volume to what we saw during the first Presidential debate – over 10 million total tweets.

All of the Presidential debates generated more buzz than the Vice Presidential debate, which saw 3.5 million tweets.

Twitter also looks at which moments from the debate that generated instant buzz in the form of tweets per minute across the network. And last night, President Obama’s “horses and bayonets” line took the crown with 105,767 TPM.

The next top moment of the night came when Bob Schieffer said “I think we all love teachers.” That saw 102,339 TPM. Finally, Romney’s comments on Obama’s “apology tour” came in third with 87,040 TPM.

President Obama’s “horses and bayonets” comment came in response to a Romney assertion that we now how fewer ships in the U.S. Navy than we did nearly 100 years ago. Here’s the quote of the night, according to Twitter buzz:

And as you would expect, a parody Twitter account popped up almost immediately. It currently sports over 34,000 followers.

Twitter also says that the topic of conversation in the Twittersphere stuck to foreign policy, for the most part (54%). The economy placed second, with 20% of the conversation. Terrorism took 9% of the chatter and taxes 7%. Finally, Twitter users spent 4% of their debate tweets discussing energy and the environment.

If you happened to miss last night’s debate, you can watch it in its entirety below:

  • Brian M.

    President Obama’s debate win was truly impressive and now makes three out of four debate wins for Obama/Biden. People seem to finally be realizing that Mitt Romney and the GOP have based an enormous amount of their election strategy on lies, hated and deceit. From the 72 million Americans that will be left without any health insurance, whatsoever, by year 2020, under Romney’s plan (determined by two independent, non-partisan research studies available to the public), to women and minorities being drastically stripped of their equal rights because of his refusal to support initiatives like the Lily Ledbetter Act which enables women to be paid the same as men provided they do the same work (the first act passed by President Obama) or Hospital Visitation Rights which allows gay people the same visitation rights as straight people when a loved one is in hospital, Americans are seeing Mitt Romney for who he really is. From the West Coast to the East Coast and all of our our great country in between, we Americans are seeing from these debates that a Romney/Ryan plan will leave the middle class being burdened with much higher taxes while the wealthiest Americans pay less in tax because “it will help inspire job hiring” which evidence showed us in the Bush years, does not happen. Out of four debates neither Romney or Ryan could specify their “tax plan” despite being given numerous opportunities. That is not honest. That is not American. That is not integrity and that is certainly not Christian. Mitt Romney also has the highest disapproval rating, of all time, of any Presidential candidate, ever. Higher than Bush. We must understand this. The entire world hates the guy. We must be proud to be Americans. We must have a President who represents all of America and that we can be proud of. We are coming out of one of the most difficult economic times in our history in large part because of two wars we are finally ending. We are bringing our brothers and sisters home. But we cannot go backward. We must go forward. We are Americans. And we will prevail.

    • JH

      Just goes to show what you DON’T know!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Christin Moffitt

    Do you work for the Obama campaign? Have you even listened to the “fact check” after the debates? Do you know according to that check that Obama DID tell various foreign leaders that the US had made mistakes? Do we need to use the WORD “apology” to get your attention? You throw out the alleged two independent research results. Who are they? How is that different from what you are accusing the Republican party of doing? BOTH candidates have offered misleading statements. So we as intelligent Americans must do our homework and look at a variety of sources, both for and against each candidate, then determine, without redundant, meaningless rhetoric, which of the two offers us the best future for all Americans. Demeaning remarks made for the sheer sake of being the number one twitter post is asinine and a desperate grab for support by young people who think put downs mean someone is a better candidate. Personally, I think Romney showed great restraint in NOT taking the president to task for not doing a better job of PROTECTING the Lybian ambassador, for not sharing with the nation the repeated emails – this fact has already been established by the military and is in the notes of the hearing – that literally were ignored by our state department. Very poor judgment. I also LOVE the president’s promise that money we have spent on wars can now be spent on education (that also was stated in the debates – check the record. Money for the wars was BORROWED and has been spent. There will be no surplus in the end to increase educational spending – not from the source to which the president alluded. How can one “re-spend” borrowed money? President Obama has shown me no evidence that, including the last four years, he has an understanding of basic principles of business (aka how economics works). But then he has never even held a job in the private sector – community organizing and a short stint in politics were his only credentials and the last four years have more than proven them to be lacking. RESEARCH, THINK AND THEN VOTE. Platitudes and “cute” comebacks don’t a president make.

  • http://www.jeffhead.com Jeff Head

    I have written an article about Obama’s contemptuous, snide, and factually inaccurate insult of Mitt Romney’s Naval Plan at the foreign policy debate last night, Monday, October 22, 2012.

    Here it is:

    Romney has put forward a very detailed and measured plan to address the US Navy’s planners call for at least a 315 ship Navy. Obama has produced absolutely nothing even close to this level of detail and understanding. There is a link in the article to an interview of a Romney staffer by Defense News detailing the entire plan.

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    So the Republicans’ comments are all about the number of Navy ships?