Bob Schieffer's Subdued Moderator Role In Final Presidential Debate 2012

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CBS News' Bob Schieffer played a muted role as a moderator during the final debate of 2012 Presidential elections that took place on Monday night in Boca Raton, Florida, with President Obama facing off against Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney for the last time.

Bob Schieffer

CBS News' Bob Schieffer played a muted role as a moderator during the final debate of 2012 Presidential elections that took place on Monday night in Boca Raton, Florida, with President Obamafacing off against Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney for the last time.

Schieffer had perhaps the most passive time of all the debate moderators in the 2012 campaign cycle! Jim Lehrer, who was criticized for his faltering and awkward efforts to manage the first debate, appeared to be more of an existence compared to Schieffer as he at least struggled to intrude more. Schieffer just felt like he had  disappeared for minutes at times during the debate.

Schieffer started off the debate by asking a particularly complicated question on Libya and then he let the Republican presidential candidate react to Obama without disruption. He hardly ever interjected but still managed to maintain an approximately equivalent time between the two candidates.

Schieffer’s follow-up questions from the candidates did not seem to draw any noteworthy criticism or praise but in general, Schieffer's questions were a bit oblique and twisty.

Trouble came in calling for him when everything went a bit off-topic. Both the candidates started to pull the debate back to the domestic issues that voters are significantly focused on during the election. Schieffer seemed unable to move the conversation back to international issues for some minutes.

"Let me get us back to foreign policy," Schieffer finally said. Romney then interrupted him asking to retort to Obama's education criticism and Schieffer replied "OK."

"I want to try to shift it, because we have heard some of this in the other debates," Schieffer said of the debate.

However, Schieffer did manage to bring the discussion back to foreign policy, firmly, when Romney at one point tried to talk about a different topic!

There were moments when he really did try. When he asked Republican candidate Mitt Romney about possible defense budget cuts, he was told to visit Romney's website. See how Chris rock reacted to this:

He also pulled off calling Osama bin Laden "Obama bin Laden."

Apart from Schieffer’s muted role during the final presidential debate, he did get praise for asking about drones which had not emerged in any of the previous debates.

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