Thursday, October 14, 2004

Bob Shieffer's questions to the candidates yesterday were sometimes softballs (What does your faith mean to you? What have you learned from the strong woman you're married to?), mostly evenhanded, but oddly deficient in two areas: the environment and energy policy. Shieffer didn't so much as mention them. Even without the opportunity to embarrass the president in those two areas, though, and despite Bush not acting peevish this time, Kerry won the debate. He won it in a couple of different senses. First, Bush needed to convince voters that Kerry would not be a suitable president. In that, Bush failed. Kerry looked "presidential" in all three face offs. Second, the polls say he won. For example:
Sen. John Kerry won the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night, 52% to 39%, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey of registered voters who watched the event. About 4 in 10 viewers said they felt more favorable about the senator because of the debate, a third more than said that about President George W. Bush. Kerry also beat the president by double digits on being able to handle the issue of healthcare, expressing himself clearly, showing he cares about the needs of people, and having a good understanding of the issues.
In case you'd like to read the details of the good news, click here.
In addition to the good news from the polls about the debate, there's good news that polls fail to take into account. Tune in tomorrow to find out what it is.

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