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    Thursday, October 14, 2004

    Are you better off? 

    Bush deluded himself in believing that his pre-emptive attack against Iraq will prevent the expansion of terrorism. All Americans need to do is to read the newspaper and watch the TV. And his tax cut, after almost 4 years, the economy is still stagnant. Just look at the number of unemployed people in Ohio. Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?  We all know the answer.
    -- Quinton ONeal

    posted by Geoff Pender at 9:30 AM

    Wednesday, October 13, 2004

    OK, apparently even "MG" is watching baseball now, so I'll shut things down for tonight, post late arrivals in the morning.
    --Geoff Pender

    posted by Geoff Pender at 9:40 PM

    But he closed with it 

    Yes, but he did work it into his closing statement.
    --Geoff Pender

    posted by Geoff Pender at 9:30 PM

    That's a record 

    Sixty-five minutes into the debate and Kerry still hasn’t mentioned Vietnam.That’s a record for him.Kerry’s answer to the back-door draft question gave Bush a good opening to mention Kerry’s global test.

    posted by Geoff Pender at 9:29 PM

    Let it slide 

    Kerry said the middle-class tax burden has gone up under Bush. Totally untrue, but Bush let it slide. Nevertheless, he’s doing well in this debate.

    posted by Geoff Pender at 9:05 PM

    Walk softly around that one 

    Bush might want to tiptoe around the border/immigration questions. That's one of the main things that seems to have even a lot of his true believers miffed. But what exactly would Kerry do differently?
    --Geoff Pender

    posted by Geoff Pender at 8:53 PM

    That's Haley's line 

    Bush just used a line Haley uses a lot--Ted Kennedy is the more conservative candidate for Massachusetts. This question--which Bush has turned to gay marriage--favors Bush in the swing states that are going to decide the election. Not sure how Kerry bringing up Cheney’s daughter is going to play at home. He’s trying to get in Bush’s pocket on the gay marriage issue.
    -- MG

    posted by Geoff Pender at 8:42 PM

    Not presenting well 

    Kerry has bags under his eyes – not presenting well.  Interesting questions from Schieffer so far.  Kerry is staying on the attack.  Bush has missed a couple of opportunities and let a few easily answered charges go unchallenged.  He needs to keep hammering Kerry’s record in the Senate too.

    posted by Geoff Pender at 8:40 PM

    Fiscal discipline? 

    Kerry says he wants to "restore the fiscal discipline" America had in the 1990s. Is that what Wall Street was practicing in the '90s? Fiscal discipline? I remember a buddy of mine in the '90s trying to talk me into becoming a day trader, and trying to show me how to "bottom feed." I don't remember a lot of fiscal discipline in the 90s.
    --Geoff Pender

    posted by Geoff Pender at 8:14 PM

    Pretty slick 

    You gotta admit, that was pretty slick of GWB to turn a question about flu vaccine into a pro-tort reform opportunity.
    --Geoff Pender

    posted by Geoff Pender at 8:13 PM


    Welcome to The Sun Herald's Web log of the third, and final, presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry. I've left up postings from the previous two debates below. As before, I'll periodically post any early arrivals, then get rolling about 7:45 p.m. Sign in often.
    --Geoff Pender

    posted by Geoff Pender at 6:17 PM

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

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       •  Are you better off?
       •  OK, apparently even "MG" is watching baseball now,...
       •  But he closed with it
       •  That's a record
       •  Let it slide
       •  Walk softly around that one
       •  That's Haley's line
       •  Not presenting well
       •  Fiscal discipline?
       •  Pretty slick

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