Obama comes out swinging in final debate

Comments submitted to MSN Money's Facebook page during the debate highlight sharp disagreements among Americans on key policy issues.

By Jonathan Berr Oct 23, 2012 10:03AM

President Barack Obama won the rhetorical contest Monday night against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.  Whether he will win a second term remains to be seen.

Several polls have shown the presidential election to be a statistical tie, which means that the winner may capture the most electoral votes and not the popular vote. The Democrats may retain control over the U.S. Senate. The U.S. House of Representatives probably will stay in the hands of Republicans.


Divided government leads to gridlock, which is the last thing that the U.S. needs as tries to claw its way out of the worst economic slowdown since the Great Depression. But if comments submitted to MSN Money's Facebook page during the debate are any indication, Americans are just as divided on issues as the candidates. Whoever wins the election will face a huge challenge bringing the nation together.  Below is a sample of our readers' opposing views, with some light edits for clarity:

Cathy B: Yes we are free. Free to get our salaries cut. Free to get laid off. Free to get unemployment checks. Free to get welfare. Free to lose our homes. Free to vote. Yes, America is prosperous through a rich man's eyes.

Karen T: Romney is the perfect plutocrat to rule the plutocracy we have for our new government.

Ann T: President Obama has forced Mr. Romney to learn current foreign politics. However, his international gaffes are insurmountable. Mr. Romney just doesn't possess the human qualities to bring our allies closer in order to reject American enemies.

Jane L: Obama's calm confidence and clear thinking beats the sputtering and posturing on the other side of the table hands down.

Harriette M:  You are free to pull yourself up by the boot straps like my daughter did this past year and my husband did 10 years ago... I am not rich but I did save. I, too, was laid off in 2007 but was never bitter.

Matt B: Under Obama, we have higher unemployment than we have had under most presidents. Why is that good? You people are idiots. All Obama has done is hand our money to the laziest people this country has.

Marilyn S: China holds the keys to our treasury. We have to play by their rules! Thanks to uncontrolled spending on the part of the current administration.

Christopher K: Obama can talk all he wants, but ACTIONS speak louder than words, and he has not done ANYTHING about China in over three years!
Oct 23, 2012 12:06PM
Wow we really are screw! We as Americans can't even agree on the issues at hand, how can we expect congress to agree on anything. Why don't we just keep the President we have and get rid of the entire congress Reps and Dems an get all new ones because who ever get elected will have there hands tied no matter what. How is any President suppose to get anything done when the two parties in congress have one agenda and that is to not support the other no matter it you kinda like or maybe even like what the other side is for. It's just wrong! As you can see I am not blaming one side or the other because it is all of them both parties, when you have both sides fighting like we do right now our President no matter how it is is a figurehead at best. As for me I just won't vote for anyone who states openly that he will cut SS for everyone under 55. I am 53 and my wife is 52 and we have both paid into SS since we were 16 yrs old, we will never be able to retire with our savings or our pensions without SS unlike a rich person who is out of touch with the common man! Oh yea I really don't like either one of them, man is that sad!
Oct 23, 2012 12:04PM
Republicans vote November 7th in the upcoming election.
Oct 23, 2012 12:03PM
Obama has been nowhere close to perfect, but he did have a cosmic mess to start with, left over from that bumbling idiot Bush and his America-wrecking cronies. Another term to do better is deserved, especially considering his opposition.

The worst thing I can see from Obama's presidency is that America has started down a very perilous road in electing extremists as president. Obama is an extreme social liberal who has concentrated his time as president trying to get better rights and privileges for the poor and needy in this society, which for the most part concerns minorities. However, our politics and society constantly going from pillar to post and back again with a total-opposite new president is not what is needed and best for societal stability. Moderation at all times is what is needed, plus the public demand to constantly maintain it, but humans historically cannot seem to learn that fundamental truth so must always bear the consequences of their erratic and extreme behavior that never learns the best way to live without the constant upheaval that pillar to post behavior always and perpetually causes.

Romney is the polar opposite of Obama, so the moronic and destructive pillar to post game goes on and on. What a pathetic species we are, despite our "great brains" which would easily allow us to thrive if used in the best ways for species survival.

Oct 23, 2012 12:03PM
It doesn't make any different who our next president is. America has many very tough economic decisions to make. Raise taxes, reduce spending, stop subsidizing business, payoff debt, reduce the money supply, cut regulations, change the way we tax, etc.. We Americans are not going to like what we have to do to solve our economic problems. Furthermore, I don't see the leadership out there that can understand and solve these problems.
Oct 23, 2012 12:01PM

People see and hear what they want at the debate.The people that hate the country and

hate Obama still feel the same.Iguess once a hatefull Republican, always a hatefull



The markets are tanking just as expected before the election.


Obama win= market lower and more job loss.

Romney win= market will soar and job will be created.


Be sure to keep this post and prove me wrong.



Oct 23, 2012 11:52AM
Lindsay Lohan came out for Romney, that speaks volumes.
Oct 23, 2012 11:19AM
The debates as well as the presidential election are fixed. The American people at large are having two evils jammed down their throats, without even so much as a mention of either a third party or independent candidate that just may have positive input or call the hoaxes. This election (as well as many in recent history) is driven by and serves big money & the wealthy, which are the only entities to profit from either of these two pawns.
Oct 23, 2012 11:05AM
So sad for Americans!!! The results of Obama's policies! Obama was on the attack at the debate last night, because he has "NO" answers for the economy! He has "NO" answer for why our Libyan ambassador did NOT have adequate protection!!!  Mitt Romney appeared....intelligent, informed, and presidential!! Go Mitt Romney, take us out of this mess!!
Oct 23, 2012 11:04AM

you most be retarded if you had worked and bought stocks and realestate you would be  a head go to school and stop winning mitt is not going help you he will put you in the marines

Oct 23, 2012 11:01AM

The winner/loser spins on political debates is unfortunately a reflection of our society as a whole. It is more of a popularity contest and has little to do with capability or substance. It is like a musician winning a talent contest with litle talent but choosing a pop song most recognize, sure to gather votes when other contestants are far better on their instruments. 

Can you imagine that anyone pays attention to hollywood ignoramus intellect on political issues. If many do, we are in a lot deeper trouble than we realize. Throw talk show celebs in to that category also.

Oct 23, 2012 10:54AM

Mitt needs to realize that it's not the size of the Navy that matters.


It's the motion on the ocean...

Oct 23, 2012 10:37AM
Obama looked annoyed and was acting small. As he said 4 years ago, "when you can't run on your record, you paint your opponent as someone to run away from". Well , everyone knows how bad Obama's record is so we know why isn't running on it.
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