In what has been a season of memorable debates, President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney faced off one last time at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. America’s role in the world, Israel and Iran, the war in Afghanistan, the changing Middle East and China’s rise were all topics for discussion. But while the focus of the debate was scheduled to be exclusively on foreign policy, it was not without mention of the federal budget, education and the economy.
The pressure was on for Obama and Romney as they sat side by side at the table debating for 90 minutes. Moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News took an active role asking questions. Nevertheless, the debate was full of heated discussion and there was no sign of putting out the rhetorical flames. Obama and Romney drew contrasts — and similarities, in some cases — between one another as they discussed their leadership on the world stage.
Here is Heritage’s word cloud finale: one generated from Obama’s remarks and another for Romney’s answers. Words that were said more frequently are given greater prominence in the cloud. Use these to compare, contrast, and analyze.
President Obama’s answers:
Former Governor Mitt Romney’s answers: