6.5 million #debates tweets tonight, per @gov. Most-tweeted moment was #horsesandbayonets, at 105,767 tweets per minute

CNN Political Ticker

(CNN) — Perhaps it only makes sense that a candidate who prepared for a presidential debate near Colonial Williamsburg would slam Mitt Romney’s plan for more Navy ships with the phrase “horses and bayonets.”

President Barack Obama’s quip — meant to make the point that modern warfare doesn’t require the type of equipment it did in the past — appeared part of a larger strategy of casting his opponent as stuck in a time warp on important issues. And Republicans, seeing an opening, are making sure shipbuilders just down the road from the president’ Virginia prep location are aware of the president’s suggestion their industry is a thing of the past.

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