Those who think that John Kerry won the debate last night need to think twice!
The two could not have differed more in style and substance. Kerry made many factual mistakes last night: “200 billion spent on the war.” We have spent 120 billion. We have 90% of the casualtys." We lost just over 1000 men the Iraqi’s have lost almost 800, that is not 90%." President Bush also had to correct Kerry as he refused to mention that Poland was fighting in Iraq side by side American troops.
Kerry was further mistaken relative to snactions against N.Korea, President Bush corrected him on that as well.
Kerry however was a very strong speaker. Those who viewed the debate and feel he won seem to base that on his very strong speaking voice. And the fact that he was quite aggressive.
President Bush on the other hand has a laid back style. I think it is one that appeals to the American people far more than Kerry’s college debating style did. Bush’s style was more like Reagen, folksy and relaxed. Kerry’s more like Jimmy Carter’s, all business.
Bush’s strong points were apparent from the beginning: He assailed Kerry on the way Kerry (and his people) called the leader of Iraq a “puppet.” He also took Kerry to task for not voting for the 87 billion dollar package that would have helped protect our troops. Many times President Bush stood strong during the debate and told the American people that you cannot be a good and effective leader if you are attacking the war effort at every turn.
President Bush further demonstrated that America must protect America first and not worry about what foreign nations think. While at the same time showing a desire to use diplomacy first!
When John Kerry said we should have sanctioned Sadam for the 18th time I thought I was going to fall off my chair. President Bush siezed that opportunity quite well and spoke of the weakness of the UN in following through relative to Sadam breaking the many sanctions.
According to early polling of the undecideds he did not do enough! Seems that the undecideds (those that were ready to commit that is) were almost split 50/50 on who they would now vote for.
I would be interested to hear other opinions on the debate. Let’s have a discussion and not a “personal attack fest.”