I too think Cheney got the best of Edwards this debate, but (obviously) not by the margin my predecessors on this thread have declared.
I thought they were equally articulate, though each (more Edwards) had their moments of nervousness shine through.
Cheney really bombed on the “jobs” question, and Edwards rightly called him on it.
I liked the banter regarding Halliburton, the 90% and the $200 billion, but I was left wondering what the truth was on the matters. I think Cheney sidestepped a lot of these matters as well.
I think Cheney - and the entire administration - are beating a deadhorse with the $87 billion quote. Kerry has addressed it and clarified what his poor choice of words meant, and it makes perfect sense. I think they’re trying to erect a new horse to beat in the “global test” focus the right has been gloating since the 1st debate. Kerry’s point here, too, was well taken by anyone with half a brain.
I’m curious about Cheney’s comment about meeting Edwards for the first time. I’d assume its true as it’s easy enough to verify and would have been easy enough for Edwards to dispute, but he didn’t. If they haven’t met until now, I wonder if it’s really Edwards’ fault, or if, perhaps Cheney is also not attending to the Senate floor as closely as perhaps he should. I don’t know, interesting, though.
Edwards’ story about his dad was a lame intro to his closing words. His message, though, I thought was dead on and appropriate. Edwards “fighting for the middle American” attitude is what people respond best to with him.
A decent debate, overall. I’d give it to Cheney by a close margin, say 55%-45% or closer. I’d say Kerry won the 1st debate hands down. My own opinion with regard to Bush’s lack of substance AND style and Kerry’s strength in both left me thinking Kerry won, maybe 80%-20%. I think the average American, however would say 65%-35%. (I don’t know where these numbers are coming from, I’m just spouting off!)