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Okay, show of hands.

Who *actually* watched the VP debate the other evening? Carefully chosen and predigested snippets on the news don't count.

Second question... Who *actually* watched the Presidential debate?

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bistet
Oct. 7th, 2004 09:34 am (UTC)
I watched the prez debate from beginning to end. I missed about 20 minutes of the VP debate due to a phone call. I thought the questions Gwen gave at the VP debate were much better than Jim's. All in all a much better debate. I liked Cheney better than I thought I would, he handled personal questions about his daughter with class and aplomb.
bistet
Oct. 7th, 2004 09:36 am (UTC)
and, oh yeah...
I watched both Fox and CNN after the VP debate (unusual for me, I'm a Fox girl) and CNN was all over who gave the more accurate info and statistics: the winner was Cheney. Edwards gave incorrect info all over the place.
bxiie
Oct. 7th, 2004 11:37 am (UTC)
Re: and, oh yeah...
I was very pleasantly surprised at Gwen. She was way better than Jim and pitched pointedly tough questions at both candidates.

I also agree about liking Cheney more than I expected to. Edwards was pretty slimey and all he could do was repeat old canards about BUSH LIED and HALIBURTON. No substance. And what was it he was doing with his tongue, anyway? It really bugged me. I also liked the way he jumped into Cheney's statements and began his responses before prompted by Gwen. Yep, some presidential self-control going on there (although, in fairness, self-control does not seem to be on the list of requirements for democrat presidents).

One thing that I am surprised about the media's silence on (okay, not really). Edwards made it quite clear that he and Kerry are against gay marriage. He repeated several times that marriage is between a man and a woman. I would have thought that would be big news in our gay-marriage-proponent media, but apparently not.
bxiie
Oct. 7th, 2004 11:52 am (UTC)
Re: and, oh yeah...
Thinking about the last part... I guess he probably realized that only stodgy old conservatives would actually watch the VP debate, so that decided the plank-du-jour. Plus, that explains the remark about, "Well, Dick, your daughter's gay. What about that." I thought it was odd for Edwards to lob that easy pitch to Cheney; maybe he thought it would somehow reflect poorly oin the viewing demographic and no fear of his clear equal-but-separate posturing appearing in a sympathetic, adoring press.

I felt that Cheney pounded that pitch out of the park, FWIW. He handled the subject very tactfully, I thought, in a way I (socially liberal) could deal with that was still observant of the administration's policies.

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