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    Saturday, October 09, 2004

    Aint we got fun 

    As I listened to GWB talk about small businesses last night, I  thought, where is he coming from? We have two small businesses! He has the economy so messed up that we can no longer afford to offer our employees health plans. That is very sad for our employees. But that is okay for GWB because he doesn't have to worry about that like the rest of us, the rich get rich and the poor get poorer. In the meantime, in between time, ain't GWB got fun!!
    -- MM, Columbus, Ohio

    posted by Geoff Pender at 11:51 AM

    Going, going, gone 

    As usual Bush did his mudslinging instead of answering questions but is
    that a surprise? I think not! Same old same old! Bush and Cheney have their hands in the oil business up to you know where why wouldn't they want this mess to continue. Me I got a $1.00 raise, that is progress? Not even a Texan could believe that one. Try letting the government give you a below proverty income and see what you think of this mess when you are going to wind up on the street ,
    thanks to Bush Cheney I wouldn't vote for Bush if it was the last day of my life to prolong my life another minuteJobs are going going GONE Today they announced another layoff locally in my home town at a small business of 100 people, that is the Bush Cheney way. Even my son is going to lose his job, they call it downsizing many times can a company downsize and stay in business.?

    --JR Kurtz

    posted by Geoff Pender at 11:48 AM

    Both did better 

    Bush did better than his showing in the first debate but, so did
    Kerry. Kerry without a doubt.

    -- Joseph Scheiblauer

    posted by Geoff Pender at 11:46 AM

    Out of touch 

    This President is out of touch.  He is the ultimate of arrogance.  Which is pretty amazing for someone so inarticulate.  Please, America, can't we get rid of this embarrassment?  Can't we bring home our kids?
    -- Wendy Firth 

    posted by Geoff Pender at 11:45 AM

    Was Kerry tired? 

    Was John Kerry tired?  I was disappointed in his response to the question regarding Iran;I wanted to hear his NEW plans for Iraq- other than "speeding it up"- and more than anything- where are his great domestic plans? He kept saying he had a plan but nothing new was discussed!
    --Revonda Zubiena

    posted by Geoff Pender at 11:43 AM

    Friday, October 08, 2004

    Hands down 

    Kerry won hands down. No contest!
    --Trix Oakley

    posted by Geoff Pender at 10:06 PM

    Upset and disturbed 

    I was particularly upset and disturbed by the prevarication and half truths
    expressed by the President. He frequently quoted numbers that distracted the audience's attention from the truth. His responses about the Clean Air Act and the Clear Water Act tried to give the impression that they were designed to clean the air and to clear the water. Instead, they are corporate giveaways that actually worsen the condition of our environment.

    -- Robert Tarnas, M.D.

    posted by Geoff Pender at 9:59 PM

    No admission 

    Bush is still lying and not admitting any wrong decisions. Kerry seems to have some good plans. Kerry won the debate hands down.
    --John Daluisio

    posted by Geoff Pender at 9:43 PM

    Last call 

    I just heard Tom Brokaw describe this as a "spirited, and even physical debate." Did I miss something? Was there some contact? Anyway, we had a lackluster response on this blog. I'll keep the lines open a while longer, and post any late responses in the morning. Now's your chance.
    posted by Geoff Pender at 9:38 PM

    I own a timber company? 

    This may be the quote of the debate: "I own a timber company? That's news to me. Anybody need some wood?" -- GWB I haven't been checking other blogs, but this one is fading fast. Did Kerry just invoke Nancy Reagan?
    -- Geoff Pender

    posted by Geoff Pender at 9:11 PM

    Hammer weighs in 

    My Sun Herald colleague, and the true blogmaster, or "The Blogginator" Don Hammack weighs in on the ABC controversy:
    As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly. -- Arthur Carlson, WKRP in Cincinnati
    --Don HAMMACK

    posted by Geoff Pender at 8:52 PM

    What have we done? 

    Bush is crashing and buring here. I wonder what his dad, who crashed and burnedin WWII, would say about that. All Bush seems to have is cliches. My God, whathave we done to deserve the Bush clan?

    posted by Geoff Pender at 8:49 PM

    I think Kerry should use more New Englandisms, like "wicked good," and perhaps wear a plaid wool hunting coat and L.L. Bean boots. Bush just said, "I understand there are rumors on the internets about a draft." I don't know about that, but the internets sure aren't lighting up here about this debate. Maybe I'll check the interweb, or the world wide net (Al Gore invented it). Blog in soon, or I'll go watch baseball, too.
    --Geoff Pender

    posted by Geoff Pender at 8:27 PM

    Is it against the rules for Bush to phone a friend? Is anyone else watching this debate???

    --Geoff Pender

    posted by Geoff Pender at 8:15 PM

    Where y'at? 

    Okeedokie, we're off to a slow start. Is everyone watching baseball? What's all this stuff about an ABC memo scandal? Charlie G the moderator sounds stern as he rattles off the debate rules. Maybe he's grumpy about having to stay up so late to moderate.
    --Geoff Pender

    posted by Geoff Pender at 8:03 PM

    How 'bout facts? 

    The most polished message? How about the message with facts to back up his points. John Kerry actually has substance, George Bush looks, sounds like, and has proven by his decisions that he doesn't know what is going on.
    --Michael Bradley

    posted by Geoff Pender at 5:25 PM


    Welcome to The Sun Herald's Web log for the second presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry. The debate, the second of three, begins at 8 p.m.and airs on CNN and local ABC, NBC, FOX and PBS affiliates. We have left your views from our first-debate Web log below, for your reading pleasure. We have one early posting, which I'll load momentarily. As before, I'll update periodically until about 7:45, then go live. Also as before, I'll keep posting for about a half hour after the debate, unless the volume warrants going longer. Keep those comments coming, early and often. Thanks.
    --Geoff Pender, blogmaster and minister of information

    posted by Geoff Pender at 5:17 PM

    Geoff Pender
    Geoff Pender is political editor for The Sun Herald. He can be reached at

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