Few seemed swayed by final presidential debate

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Associated Press

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 23 at 3:04 AM

Monday night's foreign policy debate may have swayed some undecided voters -- but those who turned out at debate-watching events around the country generally seemed to have their minds made up ahead of time.

At a viewing party at Tulane University's Political Science Department, junior Brian Bickers said the debate would "almost certainly" not change his support for President Barack Obama. But he still put off mailing his absentee ballot until afterward.

Attorney Mark Frank, watching at Pittsburgh's Jewish Community Center with about 50 other people, said he was glad to see a more assertive Obama at the debate -- and he especially enjoyed the moment when Obama responded to Mitt Romney's criticism that the Navy has fewer ships than it used to have by saying that there are also fewer horses and bayonets.

At the debate site in Boca Raton, Fla., hundreds of students gathered on a soccer field to watch the face-off on inflatable screens. Accountant William Lopez, who watched the debate there with friends who attend Lynn University, said Romney impressed him with his promise of creating millions of jobs. Lopez, who voted for Obama in 2008, said Obama hasn't provided any details on "what he's going to give us" in a second term.

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APPHOTO ALHUT101: Cynthia Barnard, of Owens Cross Roads, Ala., holds up a Romney campaign sign while she watches the debate with Phyllis Hardenburgh, a volunteer, at Madison County Republican headquarters during the presidential debate Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 in Huntsville, Ala. (AP Photo / Eric Schultz) (22 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO WIWES101: Mike Voss, right, leans in to talk to another supporter while watching the final presidential debate at the Republican Victory Center in West Bend, Wis., on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Election day is Tuesday, November 6. (AP Photo/The Daily News, John Ehlke) (22 Oct 2012)

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