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Final Debate -- live blogging

October 13, 2004 5:55 PM

-:06 I'll be live blogging the final debate shortly. I will only make it through roughly the first hour, as my girlfriend is taking me to Sona -- my absolute most favorite restaurant -- for my birthday tonight. (my birthday is actually tomorrow)

:04 Is Kerry a little hoarse?

:06 Bush is suddenly a fast-talker. No Alzheimer's there, no sirreee! "Freedom is on the march."

:07 Kerry: "We need a president who is deadly focused on winning the war on terror."

:08 Scheiffer brought up the flu vaccine shortage, pointing out that thousands die every year from the flu. Great question.

:09 Bush: "We're working with Canada." HAHAHA

Patriotism means saying NO to flu shots!

:11 Center for American Progress just sent out an alert noting that Bush did say he wasn't worried about Osama bin Laden on 3/13/2002: "I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him... I truly am not that concerned about him." [Red Ghost noticed this in the comments too]

:16 Bush is laying into stats on Kerry's voting record. Impressive amount of research.

:19 Kerry points out that Bush turned a question about jobs into an education answer.

:21 Kerry: I can't stop outsourcing, but I can make the playing field fair.

:23 Bush: Kerry's "litany of mis-statements."

:26 Bush: "You sit on the far-left bank. ... Kennedy is the conservative Senator from the state of Massachusetts!

:28 Whoa. Kerry brought up Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter. But you could tell he felt guilty about it.

:29 Scheiffer's got some great questions, but they're all flying right into Bush's strengths. This one's on abortion (second time Kerry's gotten this)

:33 Bush on healthcare situation: "Gosh, I sure hope it's not the administration!"

:35 Bush brought up IT in healthcare and electronic medical records! Amen to that.

:37 More on Kerry's record. Bush is winning this one so far. He's got Kerry on the defensive.

I gotta go now. Hope this turns around...

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Read the 23 comments.

Red Ghost:

Thanks for doing this again. I'm nervous.

Bush quotes on Osama:

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority."
- G.W. Bush, 3/13/02

"I am truly not that concerned about him."
- G.W. Bush, repsonding to a question about bin Laden's whereabouts,
3/13/02 (The New American, 4/8/02


Wed Oct 13 2004 6:09 PM

Red Ghost:

Oh, hip, hip Kerry.

Tony Soprano!

Wed Oct 13 2004 6:20 PM


The fact that Kerry references Tony Soprano... that just makes me happy... Bush is looking strong though, it's kinda scary

Wed Oct 13 2004 6:21 PM


Tony Soprano Joke!! Tony Soprano Joke!!

...finally pointed out the Penthouse to the Outhouse switch from surplus to defecit under Bush. That is an incredibly important statistic, and very revealing. Good move.

Wed Oct 13 2004 6:21 PM


holy shite... that's a great question... my jaw dropped, is homosexuality a choice...

Wed Oct 13 2004 6:27 PM

Red Ghost:

... vote for Kerry equals Catholic sin flap just brought up. What a great opening to clarify. Kerry's stumbling a little bit. He's trying to give them what they want.

Wed Oct 13 2004 6:31 PM


Talking about faith an awful lot...

What about nihilist's rights? I'm offended for them.

Wed Oct 13 2004 6:32 PM

Right Wing Robby:

Kerry: "We are all God's Children"

How many times has he said God? I thought that was a no-no. He also said God makes lesbians... well.. AMEN! I've been saved.

Wed Oct 13 2004 6:33 PM

Red Ghost:

"Garsh, I sure hope it wasn't the administration!"

Best. Quote. Ever.

Wed Oct 13 2004 6:34 PM

raging red:

Happy Birthday Jim!


Wed Oct 13 2004 6:41 PM

Red Ghost:

Does Bush have something against ALL major news organizations, or just the ones Kerry quotes?

Wed Oct 13 2004 6:42 PM

Right Wing Robby:

He said he respected Alan Greenspan. Then he said Alan Greenspan agrees with Bush. Then he said he disagrees with them both. Not good Senator. You sounded worse then weak, you sounded wrong.

Wed Oct 13 2004 6:50 PM


It looks like Bush has got the little white spittle lip thing going on, kinda on and off like.

Opinion studies have shown that the no matter how high the popularity numbers are for a speaker, when the little white spittle lip thing appears, the numbers nose dive down to "distraction, repulsion and disgust" at the speaker.

Since Bush appears to be looking pretty good, this debate could swing on the spittle.

Wed Oct 13 2004 6:52 PM


YES! He's talking about the 75 cents on the dollar issue.

Wed Oct 13 2004 6:59 PM

Right Wing Robby:

OMG. The fate of the entire world rests upon a tiny piece of spittle. Now Im scared.

Wed Oct 13 2004 7:01 PM

Red Ghost:

The 75 cents on the dollar is for WHITE women. It's actually much less if you're a non-white woman.

I can't find the actual numbers, but LA Weekly ran an article on it not too long ago. A link to the general issue:

Wed Oct 13 2004 7:02 PM

Right Wing Robby:

Bush fumbled the affirmative action question badly. He didnt attempt to answer it.

Wed Oct 13 2004 7:15 PM


I thought I was done posting, but Bush on women came up and I couldn't resist. Quote:

Bush- "Yale 'went downhill since they admitted women.'"

Wed Oct 13 2004 7:27 PM


There was a Salon article about this a while back, I'll try to find it.

Wed Oct 13 2004 8:49 PM


Ah! Here it is:

Wed Oct 13 2004 8:54 PM


Kerry was on the defensive for much of the debate, although he seemed well prepared and was very eloquent.

During this debate he gave me one or two more reasons NOT to vote for him.

Wed Oct 13 2004 9:11 PM

The Nudge:

Don't worry Jim. The debate was a campaign gift from above. Manna from heaven. By any objective standard (facts, competency, coherence, appeal to voters, etc.) Kerry won. Perhaps Bush won on the faith-based initiative, that is to say, his supporters have got to have faith in order to believe the crap he's selling.

Wed Oct 13 2004 11:01 PM

evil conservative666:

It can do the Kerry campaign no good to keep defending the Senator's remarks about Mary Cheney and keeping them in the news. A smart politician would apologize (even if he doesn't believe it was wrong) and move on.

Thu Oct 14 2004 10:49 AM

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