President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney not only had to compete against one another during Monday night's presidential debate, they also had to compete against The National League playoff game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants on Fox and the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions on ESPN. Moreover, the debate on foreign policy found the two candidates often in agreement -- and what's a debate without conflict? The New York Times cited this tweet by actor Albert Brooks: Even Syria is bored with this debate. HBO host Bill Maher tweeted, I've seen wider ideological differences between Jehovah's Witnesses. The debate attracted 28.68 million viewers on the major broadcast networks. That compares with the 37.4 million who tuned in for the third debate last week. (Figures that include those who watched on cable TV are expected to be released later today.) The major public opinion polls of undecided voters following Monday night's presidential debate declared President Obama the winner over Gov. Romney by a wide margin. But how much those debates will actually influence the outcome of the election remained unclear. The most frequently employed verb/noun appearing on Twitter comments -- by both Obama and Romney supporters -- was lie. And the question therefore becomes, how many viewers thought that candidates were illegitimately attempting to score points by lying?