The presidential debate between U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney was right here in Boca Raton, Florida last night. It was the third and final face-off, but instead of getting into the spirit just two weeks before the election, social media numbers suggest that people have lost interest.
Perhaps it’s because the debate, which focused on foreign policy, was competing with Monday Night Football and Major League Baseball’s NCLS Game 7. Either way, last night was the least-tweeted debate of this election, generating 6.5 million tweets- less than New York’s 7.2 million tweets and Denver’s 10.3 million.
According to Twitter, the debate’s hottest topics were foreign policy with 54% of the night’s tweets sent, the economy with 20%, terrorism with 9%, taxes with 7% and energy and the environment with 4%. Tweets-per-minute peaked at 105,767 when Obama hit Romney with the remark, “We also have fewer horses and bayonets,” when referring to the size of the U.S. military force. What’s interesting is that Google’s search engine also shifted into high gear after Obama’s remark, with a “sharp spike” in Google Searches for “bayonets.”
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