Thursday, October 14, 2004

Third Presidential Debate Observations

Given how close each candidate is staying to their message, I think that two presidential debates would have been enough: one debate on foreign affairs and one debate addressing domestic issues.

I do not believe that Bush had the right approach to the last debate. It seemed to me that he often started off each of his segments either by being incredulous or making a joke about something that Kerry said earlier. Personally, I do not think that this made Bush look very presidential or professional. Although I am sure that it is not true, I started to get the feeling at times that Bush was not taking the debate seriously.

While I think that education is an important subject, it seemed during one stretch that Bush was throwing out education as an answer for every question (minimum wage, outsourcing, ...).

Kerry's statement that "I believe that I can‘t legislate or transfer to another American citizen my article of faith" is something that rings true to my core beliefs.

Overall, I think that Kerry "won" the debate. I thought that he got stronger as the hour and a half ground on and was particularly effective in the last 30 or 40 minutes.

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