Friday, October 08, 2004

Round 2, Bush 10, Kerry 8

And the winner is...

Bush wins this one on a T.K.O. Bush took this one from question 1 which was about if Kerry was wishy washy. Bush reminded people right off the bat about how he voted for the $87 Billion before he voted against it, as well as this: "You know, for a while he was a strong supporter of getting rid of Saddam Hussein. He saw the wisdom...until the Democrat primary came along and Howard Dean, the anti-war candidate, began to gain on him, and he changed positions."

Bush was asked a question about how he felt that he invaded Iraq when other countries had the ability to produce WMD's. Bush explained it, then dropped this bomb about Kerry's diplomacy in Iraq. "So I tried diplomacy, went to the United Nations. But as we learned in the same report I quoted, Saddam Hussein was gaming the oil-for-food program to get rid of sanctions. He was trying to get rid of sanctions for a reason: He wanted to restart his weapons programs."

One thing that Kerry kept doing was taking cheap shots at Bush when he had the last 30 second word, then got the next question. Examples? The comment about 90 Percent of Casualties, then again when he spoke about the deficit being the most from Washington to Reagan, then another time when he talked about how Bush gave 25 billion to the biggest companies. He planned those so that Bush couldn't come ack at them. It was a blatant cheap shot.

On Medicine, Bush made a powerful hit on Kerry saying, "Now, he talks about Medicare. He's been in the United States Senate 20 years. Show me one accomplishment toward Medicare that he accomplished."

Something I learned in a professional communications class this year is that when people lie, they do one or all of these, either not look you in the eye, look up and left, or tilt their head to the left, and that judges are trained to look for that. When Kerry was looking into the camera and saying that he wouldn't raise taxes into the camera, one of the first things he did was look away, and tilt his head left.

Another Knock to the floor, "You're right, what does matter is a plan. He said he's for — you're now for capping punitive damages?
That's odd. You should have shown up on the floor in the Senate and voted for it then.
Medical liability issues are a problem, a significant problem. He's been in the United States Senate for 20 years and he hasn't addressed it.

The last thing was something that's a twinge in my side, and that's abortion. I've got strict moral convictions about that and even more strict ones about partial birth. I can make exceptions for a normal abortion or a morning after pill, but partial birth just goes too far. The fact of halfway delivering a baby, then stabbing it's head and sucking it's brains out just seems unnecessary to me. Kerry set himself up twice saying that he's a Catholic, but is for abortion. Bush didn't miss the cue the second time though and nailed him for it. Kerry did strike back, but it wasn't as affective as Bush's original hit.
We passed it out of the House of Representatives. Guess where it's stuck? It's stuck in the Senate, because the trial lawyers won't act on it. And he put a trial lawyer on the ticket."

The biggest hit though that Bush made was this booming uppercut on Kerry's chin. When Kerry said things about intelligence, Bush replied with this; "That's an odd thing to say, since we've tripled the homeland security budget from $10 billion to $30 billion.
Listen, we'll do everything we can to protect the homeland.
My opponent's right, we need good intelligence. It's also a curious thing for him to say since right after [the trade center bombing in] 1993 he voted to cut the intelligence budget by $7.5 billion.
The best way to defend America in this world we live in is to stay on the offense. We got to be right 100 percent of the time here at home, and they got to be right once. And that's the reality."

Like I said, I give bush a 10-8 win on the card by a T.K.O. because Bush knocked Kerry to the mat so many times. He didn't have the obvious take down for the count like Cheney did vs. Edwards, but he did put him on the mat many times.

From Fox News:
Full Debate Transcripts
Fact Checks: Courtesy of Fox News, CNN, and
Bush Stances to come
Kerry Stances to come, when he finally finds one

Update: A look at MSNBC's "fact check" debunks many Bush statements, such as how the Child tax credit was meant to be stated as incresed to $1000 rather than increased by $1000, but refused to debunk many things Kerry stated. Also there are 2 paid advertisments for Kerry...none for Bush. In fact the only photo of Bush I saw was the picture of the two candidates standing beside each other after the debate. I wonder who's pocket they're resting in...hmmmm...
Also Fox News didn't report about how Kerry claimed that former governor Racicot disagreed with the Patriot act. Racicot was on Fox News not even 5 minutes after the debate ended and said he did't disagree with the Patriot act, and that Kerry skewed what he had said in the past about helping to improve the act.