Final Presidential Debate Sparks Sarcastic Blows
Tagg Romney buried the hatchet with President Obama, saying, "I'm sorry Mr. President."
At the end of the final debate, Tagg Romney shook hands with President Obama. INSIDE EDITION asked lip reader Larry Wenig to tell us what he said when the mics were turned off.
Wenig said Tagg Romney said, "I'm sorry, I'm so....I didn't mean..." To which the president appeared to say something to the effect of, "I know that."
Mitt Romney could be seen watching the exchange between his rival and his son.
Body language expert Tonya Reiman gave us her take on the candidates performance.
Reiman said, "There was an interesting dynamic. You see how as Obama was walking away, Tagg pulls up his pants a little bit, in almost like this, 'I need to regain my alpha male here.' It was a great interraction between the two."
Looking at the performance of the candidates, Reiman said, "Obama used much more gestures than Romney did, and what I mean by that is he used big gestures. And studies show us that the bigger the gestures, the more the audience absorbs. Romney did really well because he has a lot of passion in his facial expressions. So, I think they both had power points."
There were lots of contentious moments during the showdown. At one point, Mitt Romney said, "You're wrong Mr. President."
President Obama countered, "No, I'm not wrong."
But for many, the highlight of the debate was the president's crack about bayonets when he responded to Romney's line about having fewer ships in the Navy.
Obama said, "You mentioned the Navy for example, and that we have fewer ships than we had in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets."
The zinger sparked thousands of tweets and inspired some hilarious captions, such as:
"Iran has nukes. Do we have enough bayonets and horses?"
"SEAL Team 6 under President Romney," showing men in military uniform on horseback.
Backstage, Paul Boyd got reaction from the spin room.
Former New York Governor George Pataki told Boyd, "I have two sons in the military. They both trained with bayonets. Every soldier in our military is trained to use a bayonet. You would think that the Commander-in-Chief, after four years, would know that."
Boyd asked General Wesley Clark, "From where you're sitting, a military man, did that cross the line? Was that disrespectful? How did that play out to you?"
"A really smart way of explaining it," said Clark.
An overnight CBS poll shows Obama the clear winner, with 53 percent calling it for Obama, 23 percent gave victory to Romney and 24 percent thought it was a tie.
But a new daily tracking poll from Rasmussen puts Romney at 50% with Obama at 46%.
The debate was held at Lynn University, in Boca Raton where the stars and stripes were the order of the day at—get this—a presidential pool party. Only in Southern Florida would you have a presidential debate on one side of campus and a presidential pool party on the other side.
It was clear from the smiles that everyone is relieved the debates are over.
Ann Romney held on tight as her husband reached out to greet folks in the front row. And one of the evening's unexpected stars was four-year-old Miles Romney, Mitt's grandson. He and the president shook hands and chatted away like old pals. Then granddad scooped him up to give him a big kiss.