Yorkers who tuned in for the final presidential debate Monday night found the discourse more civil than last week's spar.
The foreign policy debate showed President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney in more delicate tones as they competed against more than just each other; they were squaring off against a television lineup that included high-stakes baseball and a football game.
"Does anybody want to talk about overseas when there's a game on?" asked Bill Carll of York City, 42. "That's America."
Carll said he's not a member of either party and he's not committed to a candidate, but he felt Obama seemed more composed and confident in Boca Raton. He said both men made good points, but Romney "seemed like he was trying to hop on Obama's ticket" because he agreed with the president on so many issues.
The focus of the debate was foreign policy, but both men steered to the domestic economy, the top priority for voters. They also argued about the military and overseas actions, ranging from the war in Iraq to national security and Israel.
Online watchers offered plenty of opinions via Facebook at www.yorkdispatch.com, where the debate was streamed. Their comments compensated for the lack of fire between the two candidates.
"This president is a disgrace," said Joyce Erbenich Starr. "He has shown NO leadership and is sitting there trying to pretend he's done so much."
Apparent Obama supporter Adrian DeHerrera offered a rebuttal.
"Actually he's done a ton, including doing away with pre-existing conditions, allowing children to stay longer on their parents' healthcare coverage, doing away with Don't Ask Don't Tell, ending the War in Iraq. Joyce, you may not agree, but the fact is he's done quite a bit."
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