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So what did you think of the big debate tonight? I was impressed with Kerry's performance. Bush did better than I expected but kept harping on the same things. I think his stance that we did the right thing to invade Iraq may be his undoing.



Given Bush's own definition of himself as a "war president," I thought he needed to better justify his Iraq positions. Kerry certainly came across as a bit more polished. He just didn't have the awkward pauses that seemed to begin every Bush segment. Overall I thought Kerry won the debate. Bush just kept hitting his talking points without ever going into much detail. I now know that Bush is very opposed to two-party talks with North Korea. He said so over and over. But his only attempt to explain his logic on that point was a bit unclear. And I loved Kerry's 20 second discussion about why certainty was bad when the underlying facts aren't fully realized.

Posted by: david at September 30, 2004 11:15 PM

I agree. Bush kept talking about Kerry shifting positions. It made me think of the time when people thought the Earth was flat. Should they not shift their position on that subject when new facts come to light? Bush seemed to say it's demoralizing to claim the Earth is round when you told everybody it was flat a year ago.

Posted by: rkc at October 1, 2004 6:38 AM

Oh, and I wish a question for Bush had been: "Mr. President, what is the biggest mistake you've made in your presidency, and what have you done about that?"

Posted by: rkc at October 1, 2004 6:39 AM

I found the faces Bush made when Kerry was talking very disturbing. I was glad they did a split screen so we could all witness his eye rolls, frowns and shrugs. Bush stated that Kerry was not acting very presidential when he was saying "the wrong war . . . " I didn't think Bush was very presidential making sarcastic faces in response to Kerry's statements. I have a feeling Bush doesn't play poker very well! I was impressed by Kerry.

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