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Everyone ready for Bush/Kerry debate #2?

 
 
Montana
 
Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 06:42 pm
Got the coffee brewing and am getting ready for the debate. I'll be back when it's over with my thoughts and I'd love to hear your thoughts as well.

Happy debate all Cool
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doglover
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 06:47 pm
I'm having soda and popcorn with my debate.

I'm expecting nothing less than a Saturday Night Live performance from George Bush. Mr. Green

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blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 06:53 pm
If Kerry spanks Bush decisively tonight....he will win the election...that's what he's got to do though...if he stumbles....not good....
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Brand X
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 07:07 pm
Kerry went straight for the jugular on the first question...
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Brand X
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 07:14 pm
Kerry's using the hell out of that great hindsight he has.
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 07:26 pm
Kerry didn't answer that question about Iran ...
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 07:31 pm
On an aside ... these two debates so far have been great in at least one respect. They're like an in-depth collective tuition lecture on foreign policy, aren't they?

I mean, when's the last time that such a huge American TV audience occupied itself so thoroughly with the intricacies of not just Iraq, but North-Korea, Iran, securing nuclear materials in Russia, all kinds of stuff that never makes the frontpage of y'r average local newspaper. Right?
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 07:37 pm
Great call of Kerry on Bush's "tax gap" remark last time when extra costs for Homeland Security were mentioned ... "it's his tax policy": "This President chose a tax cut over homeland security"
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 07:41 pm
Did Bush just say he'll push for more generic drugs cause they're cheaper?! Hell yeah, they are! Thats why we in Europe use them a lot more than you use them there. And this Republican administration has resisted that very push for generics!
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Brand X
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 07:44 pm
Kerry: "Go figger" Laughing
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Brand X
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 07:46 pm
Bush just said Kennedy's name but meant Kerry. Rolling Eyes
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padmasambava
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 07:48 pm
Bush sounds like an angry cracker with a bad case of gas.
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 07:50 pm
I must say Bush is doing a lot better than last time ... not just does he speak in coherent sentences (booya) but he's much more aggressive, almost Kerry-like, very alert.
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padmasambava
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 07:52 pm
Bush sounds like Ross Perot on steroids after some bad food combining.
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padmasambava
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 07:54 pm
The Stock Market declined considerably more after Bush took office. I remember how much I made before bush and his cronies started to privately loot the market.

What a stonefaced liar Bush is!
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padmasambava
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 07:58 pm
They started looting the market six months before Clinton left office; right, exactly when they blame Clinton for it. But Clinton didn't loot the markets. It was Bush and his friends at ENRON and World Com and all their running dogs at Merrill lynch pierce fenner and smith et al.

Bush isn't credible either, but if you're a corporate thief you will feel that same threat that somehow making Bush dig postholes in El Paso would make the universe collapse.

I think digging postholes in El Paso is what Bush should do when he retires in a few months. What a Bozo!
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 07:59 pm
I liked the "only three people in this room will be affected" by his tax rollback" George Bush, himself and the moderator ... <grins>

But, they're definitely up to each other - they be fighting. Very vigorous debate.
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 08:06 pm
Yeah Bush is generally doing well imho with his aggressive line, but here he seemed to get it wrong. Like he just dropped a pre-rehearsed line that totally ignored what was actually being talked about. I mean, Kerry says: "I voted for" the Clinton decisions that would have the administration balance the budget - "and we did it". Then Bush comes in with his "most liberal record in the Senate" thing: "you can run but you cant hide" - I mean, huh? If he'd launched that line at another point in the debate, perhaps right after Kerry outlined some big plans, it might have been powerful. But now it just seemed, like, off - like, huh?

Oops, Kerry's Red Sox fan joke tanked ...
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 08:12 pm
Another compliment, folks: aint this the most wonkish debate - even while at the same time it comes across like a boxing match?

All these details - especially from Kerry, but not only - this many thousand here, that law proposal there, newspaper so and so said this, Chair or President such or so declared that; its full of details, policy details. I don't think this is standard, no? I've seen a lot of debates that relied much more on general rhetorics and "values" talk.

(And I cant help but think Kerry kinda forced Bush, after the last debate, to pick up and move up to this wonkish level of discourse).
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RfromP
 
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Reply Fri 8 Oct, 2004 08:13 pm
Boy, it sounded like Bush couldn't wait to answer that question on the environment. He wants to increase wetlands by three million. Three million what? Yeah, that Red Sox joke was ugly.
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