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If a Debate Happens Without Twitter, Does Anybody Hear It?

10/23/2012 04:35 pm ET | Updated Dec 23, 2012

Debates are much better with Twitter. And in case you missed the final one last night, instead of rewatching the actual debate, save yourself some time by just rerunning Twitter. Here are my tweets from last night to give you a quick snapshot of the Battle in Boca.

Wonder if Mitt will finally say how he's going to get China to "play by the rules." Begging? Nuclear war?

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

That handshake was a gamechanger! (just trying to be the first to use it).

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Whether it was planned or spontaneous in Libya, killing for ideological reasons is terrorism.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

QOTD: "My strategy is pretty straightforward." - Mitt Romney

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

The 90's are calling to ask for their so-and-so-is-calling-and-wants-it-back back.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Romney name-checked around 7 countries in one answer. These are the sorts of flashcards we need memorized.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

New drinking game - a shot for every time Obama calls himself "commander-in-chief"

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Obama first said "Assad must go" in August 2011.

— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) October 23, 2012

I'm confident all our days are numbered.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Sounds like Romney policy on Syria is exactly same as Obama policy. Which seems just as well.

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) October 23, 2012

Romney: Syria "has been going on for a year!" // Yes, only 10 less than Afghanistan.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Romney desperately trying to bring debate back to...U.S. economy.Obama trying desperately to not laugh like Biden.

— Greg Mitchell (@GregMitch) October 23, 2012

Romney citing Ahmadinejad on US economic policy. There must be better sources.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Like Mitt, I wish we'd have a better vision for the future...back in 2002 and 2003.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

JFK mentioned before GWB.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

So if I'm understanding Romney correctly, we need to work with our allies.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Given that the candidates want to talk about jobs, shouldnt Bob S. skip now to China & the Euro?

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) October 23, 2012

42 allies. New Facebook category?

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Romney in favor of Latin America's timezone. We agree on that.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

THANK YOU BOB. #backtoforeignpolicy

— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) October 23, 2012

One program we don't need Mitt could get rid of: $2 trillion the Pentagon hasn't asked for.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Our Air Force is older since it was founded in 1947?

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

"We have these things called air craft carriers."

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Did you bet that someone would say "bayonets" tonight? Well done!

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

We arrived at the obligatory who-loves-Israel-more portion of every debate.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Prediction: A "horses and bayonets" parody Twitter account is coming aaaaaany minute now...

— Liz Heron (@lheron) October 23, 2012

"These things called aircraft carriers" may be the harshest line of the campaign

— Joshua Hersh (@joshuahersh) October 23, 2012

Mitt wants Ahmadinejad indicted for genocide. So he believes in int'l court jurisdiction? Does his friend D. Cheney know this?

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

First quoting Ahmadinejad as an expert on the US economy, then as a villain. Oh no you didn't!

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Obama: "Apology tour" is "biggest whopper."

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

1 thing i've learned since my hip replacement on the day of the 2nd debate: debates are more fun on pain killers

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

So neither candidate is in favor of imposing really fun sanctions?

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Mitt now speaking on Israel's behalf that "they noticed" Obama went to Egypt.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." Napoleon Bonaparte

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Mitt's relationship with Bibi "is such that" he wouldn't get a call telling him bombers are hitting Iran. #sweet

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Bob Schieffer finally shoots down Mitt's whining belief that he gets to respond to every response

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Romney is right: We can't divorce Pakistan. It's much more important than Afghanistan, and we have to work with it.

— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) October 23, 2012

Scary agreement by romney and obama on drones and afghanistan.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

So no daylight at all btw the two on drones and Afghanistan. This is more of a meeting than a debate.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

If Mitt's president, America will be severely strong.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Now Obama's agreeing with Romney #BFFs

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

So, Romney defends Obama's drone policy, and Obama doesn't mention drones.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

It's all coming together now: China is counterfeiting bayonets for the US military.

— Roy Sekoff (@RoySekoff) October 23, 2012

Not enough to say "hey what about drones." Ask a real question - what are limits away from war zones, w/r/t citizens, who gets to decide etc

— Charlie Savage (@charlie_savage) October 23, 2012

Romney has met unemployed people.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Let's just say it: hurrah for @martharaddatz and @crowleycnn.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

So, without reading too much into it, on moderators, I'd say: women: 2, men: 0. #justsaying

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Still so impressed by @martharaddatz and @candycnn as moderators. Road trip!

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Mitt apparently had no binders on foreign policy

— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) October 23, 2012

C'mon everybody, what we're really waiting for is the fact check on whether there are fewer bayonets and horses now. #batedbreath

— Jimmy Soni (@jimmyasoni) October 23, 2012

Wouldn't have predicted that North Mali would get more mentions than Europe.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Over 6.5 million tweets during tonight's debate (via @gov) #debates

— Kerstin Shamberg (@kerstinshamberg) October 23, 2012

Prediction: big holiday gift for 2012: the bayonette. #greatstockingstuffer

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Chris Hayes, MSNBC: "There was no rigorous vetting of what is now the unanimous foreign policy of the US."

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Hasn't Twitter made the Spin Room obselete? Everyone has their own spin room--who needs surrogates?

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

"We're all winners!" - military-industrial complex

— Chris Marcil (@ChrisMarcil) October 23, 2012

Romney doesn't have fewer horses #horsesandbayonets

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

Takeaway of the #Debates: Big Birds. Binders. And Bayonets.

— Mia Aquino (@SocialMia) October 23, 2012

Imagine if Kerry had said in 2004 "we can't kill our way out of this mess." Shift in FP attitudes pretty striking.

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) October 23, 2012

So they both agree on Afghanistan/2014, but the big -- unasked -- question: why are we waiting until end of 2014?

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

John Kerry, MSNBC: Romney was "the Wikipedia candidate tonight," spouting facts about countries, but no policy.

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 23, 2012

John Kerry on playing Mitt Romney in mock debate: "I'm having an exorcism tomorrow" #debates

— Kerstin Shamberg (@kerstinshamberg) October 23, 2012

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