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October 1st, 2004

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03:56 am - Another of those nights
Not much to do at work tonight. I'm itching to head home and watch the last of the Presidential debate. I got to see the first 20 minutes or so before heading in to work tonight. Even in that little time, it looked like Kerry was doing a much better job. The President was getting visibly angry at his opponent's barbs. Bush's responses to questions and rebuttals kept getting shorter and shorter as he fell back on prepared catch phrases that he repeated ad naseum. (I'm not looking forward to another hour of that!)

Kerry, on the other hand, appeared relaxed and unphased by his opponent's attacks. I credit his experience on the Senate floor for helping him keep his composure. He was much more focused and on-message than he has appeared to be in clips of his stump speeches that I've seen.

I'm also looking forward to the coverage The Daily Show gives the debates.
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Date:October 1st, 2004 06:09 am (UTC)

um... unfazed.

It's 'unfazed.' Sorry... I had to tell you.
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Date:October 1st, 2004 08:04 am (UTC)

Re: um... unfazed.

I wondered why that kicked out of the spell-checker. ;)
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Date:October 1st, 2004 06:28 am (UTC)
By the end, there were a couple of times when Bush spent upwards of 5 of seconds of a 30 second rebuttal staring ahead, mouth open, unable to form any words at all. You called it correctly, he did not debate so much as fall back on repetition, though he did seem proud of himself (and get points from the media) for knowing the names of foreign leaders.
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Date:October 1st, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
Yep, I've watched the whole thing now and noticed those long, awkward pauses. Even when he seemed to nearly interrupt to make a point, he froze when Lehrer called on him. I'd call it a win for Kerry and hope that he can use this to be more convincing over the next couple of weeks so that voters turn his way and turn out to vote.
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Date:October 1st, 2004 07:55 am (UTC)
Huh. I thought Kerry was terrible in those first 20 minutes. But I've seen people say they thought he was great and people say they thought he was terrible, so it's no surprise that people perceived it differently.

Later I was annoyed that both candidates were repeating themselves. Or not answering the actual question. Or bending the rules (if not breaking them) by talking about a previous question when a new question was posed (actually, Kerry was the only one I saw do that, but then I didn't watch the whole thing).

FWIW, this undecided voter felt Bush did better than Kerry. I watched the first hour. Still undecided, though.
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Date:October 1st, 2004 08:12 am (UTC)
I'm glad that, as an undecided voter, you watched the debate! You are, after all, who the thing is for.

I don't pretend to be non-partisan (I've been supporting Kerry since he locked up the nomination) and know how much you cringe at political discussions. Having watched the whole thing now, I'm still feeling that the President didn't do a good job. He seemed flustered a lot, often spending big chunks of his 90-second response times grasping for words. I also felt that some things he made a point of mentioning hurt his case with me. (The missle defense, for example, just reminds me that investing in that means we are breaking a treaty and focusing money in a direction that I don't agree with.)

Kerry had his gaffes as well but, on the whole, I thought he came across as the more Presidential of the two.

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