Bush is a horrible public speaker. Always has been. I just said to my wife he sounds OK when his train of thought gets going but his switching station is very slow.<br><br>But as expected neither have anything really new to say. I didn't read about the format so I was surprised there was a 90 second followup and a possible 30 second extension. Make it more fun to watch with the back an forth.<br><br>No sig right now, waiting for the next Kerry flip-flop. .
I thought Bush was making a comeback after about 30min, but he's really floundering now. I wonder what happened.<br><br><br>I'm sick to death of Kerry bringing up Vietnam and sick to death of Bush bringing up 'flip-flop'.<br><br>
I'm a Bush supporter, I'll remain a Bush supporter and I'll still vote for President Bush. But, this is what you get sometimes with him. I remember feeling the same way after the first debate in 2000. Not a good performance then, not a good performance tonight. My compliments go to Kerry for winnning the debate. <br><br>The next debate is a Town Hall style and Bush is better at that sort of format. So we'll see. <br><br>****************<br><br>[color:blue]VOTE</font color=blue>[color:red] for President George W. Bush on November 2, 2004</font color=red>
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Why isn't there a "smiley" for the motion and sound you make when you put your index finger horizontally between your lips, move it up and down quickly and hum. I need that smiley now.<br><br>No sig right now, waiting for the next Kerry flip-flop. .
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Ok, I'll weigh in with some semi-non-partisan observations:<br><br>- Kerry was definitely a better speaker, and sounded very focused- much more so than he has been on the campaign trail and in various interviews. Funny how when someone gets the chance to speak their mind in public, without the press over-analyzing every single word, they sound a lot better.<br><br>- Bush, as Chris Berman might put it, was STUMBLIN' RUMBLIN' FUMBLIN'....looked as if he just read a few quick index cards on the ride over. Kept repeating himself- if I heard the phrase 'a free Iraq' one more time I was going to shoot myself. Luckily I had the Yankees game to flip to occasionally. <br><br>- Kerry still doesn't quite have that emotional appeal that I think a lot of people are looking for. Bush has that 'let me give it to you straight' quality that an awful lot of people admire, and that's what will garner him an awful lot of votes come November...<br><br>- Bush acted like he didn't want to be there, and almost as if he didn't HAVE to be there, and seemed insulted when it came to anything having to do with Iraq. It was as if he wanted to precede each statement with, "I've only told you a THOUSAND times, (fill in blank)"<br><br>- Reactions: Kerry played it smart by not even looking up while the president was speaking. Bush, on the other hand, looked like he was going to roll his eyes at any minute every time Kerry answered a question. Bush also looked like he was waiting for some sort of reaction from the crowd- I'm sure he would get a huge ovation out on the campaign for using some of the lines he did, but he just looked *really* awkward taking those pauses when there was nothing but dead silence to accompany it..<br><br>I didn't need to read anything on here or anywhere else to know that Kerry did sound a lot more 'presidential' than Bush, but I don't think that's Bush's appeal to the voters. He has that 'folksy', 'backyard BBQ' kind of quality that a lot of people want in a president. They want someone who seems genuine and honest with them.<br><br>And regardless of what Bush MAY have lied about, he's obviously either fooling an awful lot of people, or they just don't care.<br><br>Kerry still has to convince a lot of folks that he is as determined in keeping this country safe as Bush claims to want to do. I think he needs to break down some of his intellectual barriers and appeal more to the heart of the voters rather than the minds. <br><br>We'll see how the next debate goes....<br><br>[color:red]C'mon...you know me.</font color=red>
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