Tonight’s debate was supposed to be the Democrat’s stomping ground, but Bush clearly dominated.
Kerry mischaracterized his own healthcare plan. He tried to attack the Bush-Cheney team by outing Cheney’s daughter. Despicable. Kerry floundered quite a bit, often reverting back to talking points. When Kerry didn’t have a real answer, he referred to his “plans” and starting making random hand gestures. This debate was supposed to be on a topic favorable to John Kerry, but he failed to even make it a draw.
The softballs were tossed to Kerry and he whiffed most of them. The grenades thrown at Bush were handled effectively. One has to wonder if Bob Schieffer consulted his coworkers at cBS on the questions… I was just waiting for him to produce some big Kerry fundraisers and fake documents to support his questions.
I found it quite a telling moment when the candidates were asked to talk about their wives. Bush clearly showed his heart, his passion, his love for his wife. Kerry made a weak joke, then talked about his mom, then praised Bush for his relationship….and barely mentioned TerAYSa….. that says alot!
Meanwhile, Bush was successful in dressing Kerry up in his liberal record and making him wear it all night. Bush resonated with those of faith, while Kerry’s window-dressing references to the bible and his days as altar boy ring hollow.
All Bush had to do was tie Kerry on this debate to equal a win…. but he came out and won it!
If you’re still undecided now, something’s wrong with you.
Some of my personal favorite highlights of the debate:
Bush: “I want to remind people listening tonight that a plan is not a litany of complaints…”
Bush: “He talks about PAYGO. I’ll tell you what PAYGO means, when you’re a senator from Massachusetts, when you’re a colleague of Ted Kennedy, pay go means: You pay, and he goes ahead and spends.”
Bush: ” As a matter of fact, your record is such that Ted Kennedy, your colleague, is the conservative senator from Massachusetts.”
Bush: “In all due respect, I’m not so sure it’s credible to quote leading news organizations about ï¿½ oh, never mind.”
Bush: “only a liberal senator from Massachusetts would say that a 49 percent increase in funding for education was not enough.”
Bush (responding to Kerry’s Global Test): “In 1990, there was a vast coalition put together to run Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. The international community, the international world said this is the right thing to do, but when it came time to authorize the use of force on the Senate floor, my opponent voted against the use of force. Apparently you can’t pass any test under his vision of the world.”
Kerry: “I’ve worked with John McCain, who’s sitting here… I’m going to work with my friend, John McCain…”
Bush: “my opponent keeps mentioning John McCain, and I’m glad he did. John McCain is for me for president because he understands I have the right view…”
Kerry takes on Switching Topics
“I want you to notice how the president switched away from jobs and started talking about education principally. Let me come back in one moment to that..” - And then he rambled on about medicare, tuition, gas prices and Tony Soprano…
Kerry takes on Kerry
“They’ve cut the Pell Grants and the Perkins loans to help kids be able to go to college.”
five minutes later…
“But you know why the Pell Grants have gone up in their numbers? Because more people qualify for them because they don’t have money.”
Kerry takes on Greenspan
“Now, Alan Greenspan, who I think has done a terrific job in monetary policy, supports the president’s tax cut. I don’t. I support it for the middle class, not that part of it that goes to people earning more than $200,000 a year.”
Kerry takes on Social Security
“We fixed it.” - If it’s fixed, then why are we debating it during this campaign?
Kerry takes on Assault Weapons
“I believe it was a failure of presidential leadership not to reauthorize the assault weapons ban.” - Of course, it was Kerry that was in the Senate and could’ve introduce the legislation, not Bush…
Kerry takes on Assault Weapons and Osama’s Handbook
“Terrorists can now come into America and go to a gun show and, without even a background check, buy an assault weapon today. And that’s what Osama bin Laden’s handbook said, because we captured it in Afghanistan. It encouraged them to do it.” - Just one problem, Senator, if Osama’s handbook, which was captured (and obviously authored) prior to the expiration of the Assault Weapons Ban, said those things, then exactly what good was the ban doing anyway???
“I was hunting in Iowa last year with a sheriff from one of the counties there, and he pointed to a house in back of us, and said, “See the house over? We just did a drug bust a week earlier, and the guy we arrested had an AK-47 lying on the bed right beside him.” - Um, Senator Kerry, the Assault Weapons Ban was in place last year, apparently it didn’t prevent that guy from having one
Kerry on Mrs. Heinz-Kerry
“Can I say, if I could just say a word about a woman that you didn’t ask about…”
BlogsForBush says Bush Wins!
Powerline asks if it’s possible people could elect Kerry
Michelle Malkin talks about Kerry’s despicable abuse of Cheney’s daughter
WMD says Bush wins this one pretty big
Scrappleface says the Supreme Court has deemed Bush the winner tonight
proteinwisdom says “Anybody who believes this guy can deliver on even one percent of his promises deserves four years of John Fï¿½n Kerry”
KerrySpot says “John Kerry came across as an old, tired, worn out, stretched-out Leftist Tree Spirit belched forth by the fiery pits of Massachusetts liberalism”
Llama Butchers has a roundup
Bill INDC says the all-time best quote by Bush, “With all due respect, Iï¿½m not sure itï¿½s credible to quote leading news organizations about … oh nevermind”
SayAnything wonders why Kerry hasn’t had a hunting license for a while if he’s really a hunter
SisterToldjah says she’s so glad the debates are over. Now, itï¿½s a race to the finish. (I agree)
JustOneMinute says “Bush is Kerry’s daddy”
Captain Ed says “Bush stomped Kerry”
DoubleToothpicks agrees Kerry was shamelessly stomping on Cheney’s daughter
SecureLiberty calls it a narrow Bush win
The American Mind says this was President Bush’s best performance