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    09/17/2015 3:05:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies ^ | September 17, 2015 | Arnold Ahlert
    Last night’s CNN-sponsored GOP presidential debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA was promoted with the title "It’s On: Watch Sparks Fly.” Debate moderator Jake Tapper was joined by CNN’s Dana Bash and radio host Hugh Hewitt, who posed additional questions to the 11 candidates, including Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, John Kasich and Chris Christie. And while CNN shamelessly attempted to engender a political food fight, the candidates themselves mostly refused to play along.
  • CNN sets criteria for second GOP debate

    05/20/2015 4:32:32 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/20/2015 | Dylan Byers
    The CNN Republican primary debate on Sept. 16 will be divided into two parts featuring two different sets of candidates: those who rank in the top 10 according to public polling, and the remaining candidates who meet a minimum threshold of one percent in public polilng, the On Media blog has learned. The debate critera is more inclusive than the first Repbulican primary debate hosted by Fox News on August 6. That debate will only feature candidates who finish in the top 10 in an average of the five most recent national polls. The remaining candidates will get airtime on...
  • Romney says Obama also has investments in Chinese companies and through a Cayman Islands trust

    10/18/2012 2:08:56 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    One of the many tense moments in the second presidential debate turned on a new topic in the race: President Barack Obama’s pension account. Here’s how it came up: Early in the face-off, Obama scoffed at Mitt Romney’s pledge to crack down on unfair trading practices by China, saying Romney is currently invested in companies "that are building surveillance equipment for China to spy on its own folks." Romney later explained that, yes, he understands that his blind trust has invested in foreign firms, including companies in China. Then he confronted Obama. Romney: "Mr. President, have you looked at your...
  • Video of Kerry Claiming UN Security Council Meeting (Debate Clip)

    10/24/2004 10:16:08 PM PDT · by freespirited · 27 replies · 919+ views
    Daily Recycler has posted the clip from the debate where Kerry claims he met with the UN Security Council the week before the debate.
  • Kerry’s Dilemma Or, how to lose an election

    10/23/2004 3:22:15 PM PDT · by kcar · 28 replies · 1,744+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 22, 2004 | Victor Davis Hanson
    I thought John Kerry clearly won the first debate, lost the second, and did worse in the third. Most Americans, however, apparently disagreed, since many polls showed that respondents thought Kerry won all three. We hear of mayhem daily in Iraq; news on the economic front is mixed; and an entire host of surrogates has defamed George Bush in a manner not seen in decades during a political campaign. Why, then, does Kerry gain little traction, trail in most polls, and perhaps even start to slip further? After all, he is a hard campaigner, has a razor-sharp memory, speaks well,...
  • (Vanity) Remember Debate #2 regarding Supreme Court Justice Selection?

    10/20/2004 5:57:55 PM PDT · by eeggler1 · 7 replies · 473+ views
    Commission on Presidential Debates ^ | October 8, 2004 | The Candidates
    GIBSON: Mr. President, the next question is for you, and it comes from Jonathan Michaelson, over here. MICHAELSON: Mr. President, if there were a vacancy in the Supreme Court and you had the opportunity to fill that position today, who would you choose and why? BUSH: I'm not telling. (LAUGHTER) I really don't have -- haven't picked anybody yet. Plus, I want them all voting for me. (LAUGHTER) I would pick somebody who would not allow their personal opinion to get in the way of the law. I would pick somebody who would strictly interpret the Constitution of the United...
  • Fox News Embraces ABC Memo Story Over Cameron’s Pleas

    10/14/2004 9:07:42 AM PDT · by txradioguy · 20 replies · 2,518+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | 14 Oct 2004 | Joe Hagan
    Fifteen minutes before the second televised Presidential debate, on the night of Friday, Oct. 8, the stoic voice of anchor Brit Hume came over the Fox News Channel’s control-room intercom. "Do you know about this Mark Halperin memo?" he asked the room full of producers, who were hunched over the dials and standing before a tall bank of flickering TV screens. "Can we talk about it on the air? It’s on Drudge. It’s all over Drudge." In a leaked memo, Mr. Halperin, the ABC News political director, had suggested that the network should be more critical of President Bush than...
  • Would Kerry Buy Poor People Guns?

    10/13/2004 9:14:16 AM PDT · by freespirited · 10 replies · 668+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 10/13/04 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Sarah Degenhart's question was simple, straightforward and had absolutely nothing to do with Sen. John Kerry's long-ago service as an altar boy. "Senator Kerry," she asked in the town-hall debate, "suppose you are speaking with a voter who believed abortion is murder and the voter asked for reassurance that his or her tax dollars would not go to support abortion, what would you say to that person?" Now, this hypothetical taxpayer could be an atheist for all we know. Ms. Degenhart's question was secular enough she could have asked it in a public school without being sued by the ACLU....

    10/12/2004 8:04:09 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 53 replies · 2,951+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 10/12/04 | William Safire
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When pro-Kerry commentators solemnly pronounce Debate Round 2 to have been "a draw" -- you know George Bush won that round.The president won because he went in with a theme spoken by the heavyweight champion Joe Louis, just before his 1946 victory over the lighter, faster Billy Conn: "He can run, but he can't hide." (The Brown Bomber caught up with Conn in the eighth round of that first TV spectacular.)Bush's debate plan was to keep boring in on the Kerry record: flip-flopping this year on the war, but all too consistently liberal for 20 years on...
  • Reuters Poll: Bush Moves Into Dead Heat with Kerry (Kerry "bounce" gone after 2nd debate!)

    10/12/2004 4:21:30 AM PDT · by The G Man · 83 replies · 3,017+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/12/04
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites) bounced back into a tie with Democratic challenger John Kerry (news - web sites) one day before their final debate, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Tuesday. Bush gained three points on the Massachusetts senator to move into a 45-45 percent dead heat in the latest three-day tracking poll of the White House campaign.(SNIP)
  • Kerry “Not Necessarily” Presidential

    10/12/2004 3:24:02 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 603+ views ^ | Tuesday, October 12, 2004 | by Joel Mowbray
    Though he again looked largely polished and smooth, John Kerry showed unusual temerity in taking multiple positions on each issue during the same debate—making him look more like a panderer than a president. Providing stark contrast was a finally-presidential George W. Bush, confidently and cogently explaining his positions, taking 30 extra seconds for follow-ups instead of begging for them. Even his slightly stranger moments—“got some wood”—somehow worked. Whether on the economy, Iraq, abortion, or stem-cell research, Kerry gave alternately confused and contradictory answers. Perhaps those with “superior intellects” might be able to reconcile Kerry’s various stances, but ordinary voters likely...
  • Debate #'s: FNC 7.1, CNN 3.4, MSNBC 1.7 Mil

    10/11/2004 4:57:34 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 13 replies · 688+ views
    MediaBistro ^ | 10/11/04 | MediaBistro
    Debate #'s: FNC 7.1, CNN 3.4, MSNBC 1.7 Mil During the debate, FNC averaged 7,089,000 viewers, CNN delivered 3,376,000 and MSNBC had 1,709,000. (The two MSNBC's = one CNN and two CNN's = one FNC formula is back in effect.) For Fox, that's a 257% increase over the same debate in 2000. (It's a 85% increase for MSNBC and 26% boost for CNN.) Once again, MSNBC's ratings improved after the debate: The network averaged 2,185,000 viewers between 10:37 and 11pm, a press release noted. In primetime (8 to 11pm), FNC averaged 5,700,000 viewers, while CNN had 2,597,000 and MSNBC had...
  • "Best of the Webb Today"

    10/11/2004 5:05:19 PM PDT · by Salty Cobra · 9 replies · 652+ views
    WSJ Opinion Journal ^ | October 11, 2004 | Namn-Tapp-Grot/ James Tarranto
    <p>King Abdullah of Jordan said just yesterday or the day before you can't hold elections in Iraq with the chaos that's going on today. Sen. Richard Lugar, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said that the handling of the reconstruction aid in Iraq by this administration has been incompetent. . . . Sen. Hagel of Nebraska said that the handling of Iraq is beyond pitiful, beyond embarrassing; it's in the zone of dangerous. . . .</p>
  • ABC Poll: Second Debate Changed Few Minds (W leads 50 to 46 in ABC poll)

    10/11/2004 2:37:35 PM PDT · by ambrose · 40 replies · 1,235+ views
    ABC Poll: Second Debate Changed Few Minds ABC News Poll Shows Debate Had Little Impact on Voter Perceptions Analysis By BRIAN HARTMAN Oct. 11, 2004— The second presidential debate left voter perceptions largely unchanged: John Kerry didn't further advance the gains he scored in the first debate, nor did George W. Bush either cede or reclaim ground. Kerry remains more competitive in terms of personal popularity than he was before debate No. 1, an important improvement for him. But Bush continues to hold the upper hand on leadership, clarity and the issues of Iraq and terrorism. Sampling, data collection...
  • Survey USA: Debate is a Draw (Florida)

    10/11/2004 11:29:56 AM PDT · by ambrose · 28 replies · 991+ views
    Survey USA: Debate is a Draw By First Coast News Staff JACKSONVILLE, FL -- President Bush and Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry sparred to a draw Friday night according to an exclusive Survey USA poll of 605 viewers in the Jacksonville area who watched the debate. 42% of those polled say Bush clearly won, and 42% say Kerry clearly won. 15% of those polled said there was no clear winner. 75% said the debate will not change how they will vote in November. 20% say the debate did change their vote. Of the 124 people who are changing their vote,...
  • Rasmussen: Voters Say Second Debate Was a Tie

    10/11/2004 12:11:34 AM PDT · by ambrose · 2 replies · 295+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 10/10
    October 10, 2004--Voters have decided that the second Presidential debate was a tie. A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 Likely Voters conducted Saturday afternoon found that 41% believe John Kerry "won" Friday night's debate while 40% disagree and think George Bush emerged victorious. The survey's margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% Level of Confidence. Bush voters, by a 79% to 2% margin, say that their man won. Kerry voters, by an 85% to 2% said the same about their candidate. This is in contrast to the first debate where voters initially declared Kerry the...
  • How Bush Won Round 2

    10/10/2004 9:50:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 84 replies · 2,580+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 11, 2004 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    OP-ED COLUMNIST Washington When pro-Kerry commentators solemnly pronounce Debate Round 2 to have been "a draw" - you know George Bush won that round. The president won because he went in with a theme spoken by the heavyweight champion Joe Louis, just before his 1946 rematch victory over the lighter, faster Billy Conn: "He can run, but he can't hide." (The Brown Bomber caught up with Conn in the eighth round of that first TV spectacular.) Bush's debate plan was to keep boring in on the Kerry record: flip-flopping this year on the war, but all too consistently liberal for...
  • W., On

    10/10/2004 3:08:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 846+ views
    NRO ^ | October 09, 2004 | Rich Lowry
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version October 09, 2004, 10:29 a.m. W., OnFriday was a good night for President Bush. I thought George W. Bush was terrific during Friday night's debate. He was passionate, engaged, and combative, while still being likable and funny. One Bush campaign adviser has told me all year, "You know, I can see the look in his eyes, and I just know when the light comes on and its really time to perform in this race he's going to do it." After last week I was thinking...
  • The Undecided: No More Beating Around the Bush

    10/10/2004 11:19:07 AM PDT · by HawaiianGecko · 20 replies · 1,004+ views
    TownHall ^ | 9-Oct-2003 | Jan LaRue, Esq.
    The Undecided: No More Beating Around the Bush Jan LaRue, Esq. (archive)October 9, 2004 | Print | Send When President Bush shook hands with Sen. Kerry last night at the second presidential debate in St. Louis, I had the feeling he whispered, “I hope you’re not a fan of re-runs.” A strong, energized, confident and frownless president brought his game and went after his opponent with steely-eyed determination and a sense of humor. Kerry’s face showed surprise, if not concern. Apparently the Botox hadn’t kicked in. And well it should, because the Kerry record, or lack thereof, took a...
  • The President Strikes Back

    10/10/2004 10:06:38 AM PDT · by Seattle Conservative · 13 replies · 1,261+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-10-04 | Washington Times Op-Ed
    How quickly the winds of fortune change in American presidential politics. The best that can be said of Sen. John Kerry's performance at Friday night's presidential debate is that it was identical to his previous performance in Florida: steady, articulate and entirely confounding. President Bush, it is widely believed, was off his game during the first debate. While this was indeed unfortunate for his campaign, the country lost a valuable opportunity to hear two radically opposing viewpoints on U.S. foreign policy. In St. Louis, Americans saw a different president, one who understands — and can explain — the war on...
  • Bush Judges Rightly on Dred Scott

    10/10/2004 12:15:34 AM PDT · by Stoat · 194 replies · 4,531+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | October 9, 2004 | Ken Masugi
    Bush Judges Rightly on Dred Scott  Democratic politico Susan Estrich on television and the LA Times (see the last paragraph) both went after Bush for his comments on Dred Scott, in response to his answer about whom he would pick for the Supreme Court. But Bush was in fact right in using the Dred Scott case as an example of bad judging and a bad reading of the Constitution.  Like the justice he has expressed admiration for, Clarence Thomas, Bush believes that the Declaration’s “principle of inherent equality … underlies and infuses our Constitution.” Bush’s understanding differs from that...
  • Both sides upbeat after debate (Bush gains 3, Kerry gains 0 from 12 Ohio swing voters)

    10/10/2004 12:36:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies · 928+ views
    Long Beach Press-Telegram, CA ^ | October 10, 2004 | Steven Thomma,Mark Johnson
    CLEVELAND Fresh from their second debate, President Bush and Sen. John Kerry dashed back to the campaign trail on Saturday, sniping at one another and setting up a showdown in their third and final debate on Wednesday. Bush appeared energized as polls and interviews with swing voters suggested that he did better in the second debate than he had in his first confrontation with the Democratic challenger. Kerry emerged similarly upbeat, his aides confident that he was poised to win all three debates, and with them the presidency. A new poll released on Saturday showed the two neck and neck,...
  • Believable Bush and Questionable Kerry

    10/09/2004 7:46:20 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies · 1,018+ views ^ | 10/9/04 | Doug Giles
    Well, thank God Bush didn’t make any more truthful faces during the second debate and instead played nice guy for the swing vote sheeple who need that from their wartime President. And thank Heaven this time he didn’t wear the burdens of office—he had spent 12 hours prior to the first debate surveying hurricane damage and meeting with FEMA and Florida disaster relief officials. Yes, the sensitive ones among us must see again and again that Bush does have a stranglehold on the issues and he can come off like Dave Coulier. President Bush accomplished this task Friday evening by...
  • "And looking around here, at this group here, I suspect there are only 3 people" making $200K

    10/09/2004 8:02:21 PM PDT · by hawaiian · 147 replies · 4,178+ views
    "Now, for the people earning more than $200,000 a year, you're going to see a rollback to the level we were at with Bill Clinton, when people made a lot of money. KERRY: And looking around here, at this group here, I suspect there are only three people here who are going to be affected: the president, me, and, Charlie, I'm sorry, you too. "
  • Best out of three: After Round 2, a tight race tightens still further, now it's either man's to lose

    10/09/2004 7:49:01 PM PDT · by Cableguy · 11 replies · 764+ views
    US News ^ | 10/18 Issue | Roger Simon
    Matthew Dowd, George Bush's chief strategist, was so pleased with his boss's debate performance last week that he strode into the press area and gave a colleague a high five that rang through the cavernous room like a rifle shot. There was only one problem: The debate was only 61 minutes old and still had more than 30 minutes to go. And Dowd had to stop watching his boss's performance in order to go into the press center to celebrate it. But the spin was that important this time around. Bush not only lost the first debate in Coral Gables...
  • ***Let's Just Say It: GWB Was Great***

    10/09/2004 7:21:31 PM PDT · by The Wizard · 54 replies · 1,303+ views
    Stardate: 0410.9
    Let's just come right out and say what everyone that saw the debate saw: GWB was great, bold, no nonsense....He was everything we hoped he'd be, and the pundits and the others were so stunned they couldn't bring themselves to admit how good he was....And he deserves this thread acknowledging it.
  • Zot?? I may have to vote for John Kerry

    10/09/2004 7:07:25 PM PDT · by Culvermerc · 57 replies · 875+ views
    After last nights debate, I may have to vote for John Kerry. Given John Kerry's statement on Federally Funded Abortion were he stated that every U.S. citizen should be provided anything in the U.S. Constitution that they can not otherwise afford by the Federal Government. Given that the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives us the Right to Bare Arms and I can not afford any; John Kerry's plan will provide me a gun at TaxPayers expense. Wooo hooo.
  • Kerry Describes Why He Would Be superior To President Bush

    10/09/2004 6:39:38 PM PDT · by huac · 13 replies · 539+ views
    CNS News ^ | 08/04/04 | By Heather Wier
    "Q. Senator Kerry, we have been fortunate that there have been no further terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11. Why do you think this is? And if elected, what will you do to assure our safety? Mr. Kerry Thank you very much, Ann. I've asked in my security briefings why that is" "But according to the Republican National Committee, Kerry missed most of the public hearings when he sat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence between 1993 and 2000...Kerry missed 38 of 49 public hearings during the eight years he served on the intelligence panel."
  • V A N I T Y - Need help with sKerry quote from debates

    10/09/2004 6:21:52 PM PDT · by Trident/Delta · 24 replies · 849+ views
    The town-hall debate | Today | Trident/Delta
    I apologize for the vanity. I was reading a CNN review of the debates. If the quote they attribute to Kerry is correct, then it is a smoking-gun bombshell. During the repartee regarding Supreme Court appointments, did sKerry really say "I would look for someone who would interpret the Constitution according to the law" Excuse me?!?!Ah, Lurch, it is supposed be the other way around.Can this be confirmed????Semper Curious
  • Bush wins round two on points

    10/09/2004 6:17:53 PM PDT · by ambrose · 19 replies · 1,055+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 10/10
    Bush wins round two on points ALEX MASSIE IN WASHINGTON PRESIDENT George W Bush’s supporters were nervous before Friday’s second presidential debate. They knew only a first-class performance from their candidate could staunch the tide of momentum from flowing Senator John Kerry’s way. By the time the debate at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, was over the sense of relief from Republicans was all but palpable. Bush didn’t trounce Kerry but he gave a much more composed and effective performance against an opponent who was not quite as sharp as he had been in the first debate. Republicans knew...
  • Kerry's Answer on Supreme Court Exactly Wrong

    10/09/2004 6:09:05 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 43 replies · 1,607+ views
    Debate Transcript | 10/8/04 | Kerry
    "These are constitutional rights, and I want to make sure we have judges who interpret the Constitution of the United States according to the law." --Kerry
  • W off ropes, scores points (debate number 3 = the "rubber match")

    10/09/2004 5:28:25 PM PDT · by ambrose · 29 replies · 1,068+ views
    NY Daily News | 10/9/04 | Michael Goodwin
    W off ropes, scores points Before last night's debate, a friend remarked that America had seen all four national candidates in action and that three had given good, solid performances. The fourth was President Bush. That's changed. Now all four have proven their mettle. If you're scoring at home, the debate game is now tied at one victory each for President Bush and John Kerry. It was a different Bush who showed up in St. Louis last night. Brimming with confidence and energy and enough humor to soften his edginess, he was in command of his thoughts and even his...
  • Bush ridicules Kerry's debate performance

    10/09/2004 6:00:41 PM PDT · by NewMediaFan · 38 replies · 1,569+ views
    WOI-TV (Iowa) ^ | October 9, 2004 | (AP)
    WATERLOO, Iowa -- President Bush ridiculed Democratic rival John Kerry at a rally today in Waterloo. He says he could barely contain himself during last night's debate, when Kerry said he had only one position on Iraq. Bush says Kerry -- quote -- "must think we've been on another planet." Speaking to more than seven-thousand activists at a baseball stadium in Waterloo, Bush declared himself the winner of the debate. He says he'll use his momentum from last night's performance to become the first Republican to carry Iowa in 20 years.
  • Bush Gets Back in Gear: President lifted his game... The series is tied 1-1

    10/09/2004 5:39:35 PM PDT · by Cableguy · 7 replies · 429+ views
    Business Week ^ | 10/9/04 | Mike McNamee
    Scorned for his scowls and irritability in the first debate on Sept. 30, President George W. Bush made the most of a friendly format in the second. He changed his attitude, went on the offensive, and squeezed out a victory over Senator John F. Kerry at Washington University in St. Louis on the evening of Oct. 8. It didn't have the dramatic release of the Boston Red Sox's 10th-inning homer that had advanced the team to advance in the MLB playoffs less than an hour earlier. But Bush's performance gave him what he needed most: A chance to check the...
  • How buoyant Bush survived Round Two

    10/09/2004 5:41:40 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 10 replies · 860+ views
    Guardian ^ | 10/10/04 | Paul Harris
    How buoyant Bush survived Round Two The President stopped scowling, laid on the Southern charm and went for his opponent's jugular on taxes. In the fickle opinion forum know as Spin Alley, that was enough to declare a win, reports Paul Harris in St Louis Sunday October 10, 2004 The Observer They came from opposite corners, striding to the centre to meet for a brief but firm handshake. Then President George Bush and John Kerry retreated to their chairs. They would not look each other in the eye again for 90 minutes. When the second presidential debate was over, it...
  • Kerry's Non-Cut "Tax Cut" -- a Fabrication

    10/09/2004 4:46:26 PM PDT · by drill_ANWR · 21 replies · 723+ views
    Capital Ideas ^ | 10/9/2004 | The main point is that Kerry is not offering a middle-class tax cut as he continually claims. It's only a few targeted tax credits for a less-than-majority segment of the population. Agree? Disagree?
  • Pundits See No Clear Winner, but Say Bush Improved

    10/09/2004 5:01:27 PM PDT · by Cableguy · 22 replies · 501+ views
    LA Slimes ^ | 10/9/04 | Nick Anderson
    WASHINGTON — By consensus of television pundits, the first presidential debate went to Sen. John F. Kerry. But several of them said Friday that President Bush seemed more comfortable against the Democratic challenger in Round 2. Gone, they noted, were the Bush scowls so evident in their first encounter last week on split-screen TV cutaways. Instead, the president joked about his facial expressions as he roamed the stage and pressed his case against Kerry. Reluctant to pick winners this time, many analysts simply described the clash as aggressive and intense. They noted that Kerry kept his poise and scored several...
  • Giddy Schoolgirl at Debate at Post Kerry Rally?

    10/09/2004 5:43:15 AM PDT · by fanningp · 55 replies · 2,704+ views
    Fox News Channel | 10/9/2004 | fanningp
    Okay...this just might be me...but I could have just SWORE I just saw that one "undecided" voter who looked liked a giddy schoolgirl with a crush when she asked her question of Kerry last night in the background at the after-debate Kerry ralley last night just waving her Kerry sign away....... Were they or were they not supposed to be undecideds?
  • It wasn't pretty, but it was plain -- Kerry won (Lynn Sweet--Liberal Barf Alert)

    10/09/2004 5:58:09 AM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 34 replies · 940+ views
    Chicatgo Sun-Times ^ | October 9, 2004 | Lynn Sweet
    At the very end of Friday night's second debate between President Bush and John Kerry, Bush tossed out a congenial "been enjoyable," about a contentious session dominated by the Iraq war with a heavy emphasis on domestic programs. Polite for the president to say, but it was only at the end, when the questions were on domestic issues, that Bush seemed to relax and help himself in the face-off that was otherwise dominated by Kerry. There were no real pleasant exchanges, but there was plenty of tough talk. "I don't see how you can win in Iraq if you don't...
  •'s report on Bush / Kerry debate

    10/09/2004 6:54:51 AM PDT · by Petes Sandy Girl · 43 replies · 1,970+ views
    Examples: Bush forgets he owns a tree-growing company. Kerry again inflates job-loss figures. October 9, 2004 Modified: October 9, 2004 Summary Both candidates played loose with the facts at the second Presidential Debate in St. Louis Oct. 8. Bush claimed Kerry's health-care plan would lead to rationing and "ruin the quality of health care in America," a claim unsupported by neutral experts. Kerry claimed the Bush administration had forced the Army Chief of Staff to retire for pushing to send more troops to Iraq, but in fact he retired on schedule. We offer a sampler of the dubious and sometimes...
  • Post Debate Party Pictures for President Bush, October 8,2004

    10/09/2004 7:08:12 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 49 replies · 2,407+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | october 8,2004
    President Bush greets his supporters at a post-debate rally Friday, Oct. 8, 2004 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
  • Hillary: Debates Aiding Bill's Recovery

    10/09/2004 7:26:05 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 17 replies · 534+ views ^ | Friday, Oct. 8, 2004 11:45 p.m. EDT
    Friday, Oct. 8, 2004 11:45 p.m. EDT Hillary: Debates Aiding Bill's Recovery New York Sen. Hillary Clinton said Friday night that stellar presidential debate performances by John Kerry are helping her husband recover from quadruple heart bypass surgery more quickly. Working "Spin Alley" after the second Bush-Kerry face-off, Mrs. Clinton was asked how her husband was doing. "He is doing very well. And part of the reason I think he is doing so well is because John Kerry has done so well," she told Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace. "The first debate was a slam dunk-home run. The second debate...
  • MARK STEYN: 'It was a face-off without their faces on'

    10/09/2004 4:35:44 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 46 replies · 2,516+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | October 10, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    If George W Bush clobbered Saddam, why can't he clobber an effete ninny like John Kerry? asks Mark SteynDick Cheney had a nice line in the vice-presidential debate on Tuesday. Noting that John Kerry and John Edwards had twisted themselves into pretzels over their views on Iraq back in the primaries because of the surging anti-war Democrat frontrunner Howard Dean, Cheney scoffed that, if they can't stand up to Dean, how can we trust them to stand up to al-Qaeda? Good point. Except that last week frustrated Republicans found themselves with the opposite dilemma: if George W. Bush can clobber...
  • Bush improves but Kerry still strong (says substance from Kerry trumped style from Bush) (BARF)

    10/09/2004 4:06:35 PM PDT · by Tacos · 17 replies · 507+ views
    Copley News Service | 10-8-04 | George E. Condon Jr.
    Analysis: Bush improves but Kerry still strong in Round Two By George E. Condon Jr. COPLEY NEWS SERVICE 8:28 p.m. October 8, 2004 ST. LOUIS –After eight days of unrelentingly bad news, President Bush needed some good news. In his second debate with challenger John Kerry Friday night, though, the best the president got was that he held his own. Bush was clearly stronger, more poised and less irritated than he was in the first debate last week in Florida. But Kerry counter-punched effectively, and likely did nothing to lose the converts he won in Miami. "This debate solidified the...
  • Questioner alienated by Kerry's comment

    10/09/2004 4:19:51 PM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 263 replies · 7,182+ views
    Polipundent ^ | Oct 9, 2004 | Polipundit
    Swing Voters Swinging We now know of at least one undecided voter who decided to vote for Bush after the debate. Robin Dahle, who asked President Bush the first question yesterday, was just on NPR’s Weekend America. Dahle is on about 3:40 into the audio (courtesy of KUOW.) Dahle said that, before the debate, there was a 40 percent chance he’d vote for President Bush. He’s now 80-90 percent sure of his vote, although not 100 percent. The reason he gave was that Bush was more “personable.” He also said that Kerry blundered when he said that only 3 people...
  • Bush, Kerry Resume Campaigns After Debate

    10/09/2004 1:29:09 PM PDT · by timbuck2 · 3 replies · 414+ views
    AP Wire ^ | 10/09/2004 | Whitman
    ...Kerry called Bush's response to the last question of the debate Friday night - the president was asked to name three specific mistakes he had made and what he did to correct them but ended up doing neither... ...The president dampened the scowling expressions of the first debate, but several questions brought his emotions bubbling up... ..."I've got to answer this," Bush said as he cut off the moderator... ...Kerry showed a cooler and wordier bearing to the participants and television viewers... ...An instant ABC News poll suggested that the voters who tuned in for the Friday night debate picked...
  • Republicans Rally With Cheney At Debate

    10/09/2004 1:35:53 PM PDT · by plushaye · 1 replies · 363+ views
    The Tampa Tribune (Florida) ^ | October 9 2004 | William March and Ellen Gadalius
    PALM HARBOR - President Bush won Friday night's presidential debate with a strategy of emphasizing John Kerry's Senate record, Vice President Dick Cheney told a group of Republicans gathered here to watch the event. ``It's the old Texas phrase, `You can run, but you can't hide,' '' Cheney told the group after the debate, repeating one of Bush's lines. ``The whole Kerry strategy has been based on this notion that they can obscure his record,'' Cheney said. ``Tonight, the president held him to account. ``He's a big-government, high-tax liberal, and you can't change that during the course of one campaign....
  • Kerry Doesn't Pander?

    10/09/2004 2:25:51 PM PDT · by RedLightBob · 2 replies · 385+ views
    09 Oct 04 | RedlightBob
    I nearly fell out of my chair last night during the debate when Senator Kerry stated that he wouldn't pander to the audience when asked about preventing job outsourcing. All John Kerry has been doing is pandering. In all my life, I have not seen a candidate be on so many sides of so many issues in so short a time. Let's see, where do we begin? [Just some of] Kerry's "Positions": Iraq/Regime Change: Kerry voted to authorize war. Later stated that even knowing Saddam possessed no WMD would support US action. Now states "wrong war, wrong time." BTW, this...

    10/09/2004 2:35:15 PM PDT · by mindwest · 3 replies · 448+ views
    VetsforBush Commentary: In this debate Senator Kerry revealed a remarkable Freudian slip. Near the end in waffling over a question, Senator Kerry conditioned his response by saying that he didn’t want to be “Pandering.” (Do you remember the times he put on his most “sincere” face, put his hand on his heart, and said earnestly how he wanted to tell us “straight up.” That’s what cons say when they’re dying to sell us a lemon: “No really, this used car – and I’m telling you “straight up” – was only driven on Sundays.”) Pandering. That is exactly what Senator Kerry...
  • Swing Voters Swinging

    10/09/2004 2:58:45 PM PDT · by sampai · 61 replies · 2,269+ views ^ | 10/09/04 | PoliPundit
    We now know of at least one undecided voter who decided to vote for Bush after the debate. Robin Dahle, who asked President Bush the first question yesterday, was just on NPR's Weekend America. Dahle is on about 3:40 into the audio (courtesy of KUOW.) Dahle said that, before the debate, there was a 40 percent chance he'd vote for President Bush. He's now 80-90 percent sure of his vote, although not 100 percent. The reason he gave was that Bush was more "personable." He also said that Kerry blundered when he said that only 3 people in the room...