2012 Election: Who won the third Presidential debate?
Clifton Virginia. Population 282.
Nestled in the middle of horse country, 17 miles from the District, this tiny town is a microcosm of this battleground state. Its residents - most lean Republican - spent the day dissecting Monday night's third and final debate.
Among them was a group of women, out for a leisurely lunch and left unswayed by the president last night.
“President Obama looked a little angry and I think took a couple cheap shots against Romney, about binders, big bird and bayonets,” says Romney supporter Renee Mumford.
A similar reaction from Kevin Pollard, an unemployed father who was put off by the president's facial expressions.
“I think Obama is full of lies, just his facial expressions for me, it looks like he was lying,” he says.
There were some here however who thought the president hit the right tone, and may have scored points with the all-important Virginia female voter demographic.
“I think he did,” says Obama supporter Annie Washington. “He came out and looked like a strong leader last night. The first debate I think he was a little tired, but last night I think he came out strong.”
In the end, the three debates, viewed by more than hundred million people, went a long way toward helping the undecided voters decide on a candidate.
“I thought coming in that Romney was the most hackless feckless, clueless candidate I had ever seen,” says Clifton resident Dave Nagy. “And the first debate was a real eye opener for me.”
In the critical battleground state of Florida, the president hammered away at governor Romney's recent flip-flopping on various positions, stressing the central issue in this election is trust.
Vice president Joe Biden continued the same drum beat in Toledo.
“Some days they go out there and rattle the saber, some days they are doves carrying olive branches,” Biden says.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll of likely, not registered, voters has the president with a one-point lead, well within the margin of error.
Which means both candidates will likely spend more time in the critical swing states we've talked so much about, including Ohio and Virginia.