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Okay, who's watching the Vice Presidential debate? So nice to hear a debate between two people who are both articulate! So far, it's a lot of my word against your word, though I think Edwards has already made a few blunders. Nothing he's really saying wrong, but phrases that sound like they'll easily be taken out of context for the next series of Bush/Cheney ads.
 

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yup, Edwards also seems to be too impatient...If it goes on like this, there is a possibility that Edwards will screw up Kerry's gain in the first debate...

it is as if the roles have been reversed.. Edwards keeps repeating a few phrases like Bush did last time and Cheney is sort of similar to Kerry in his style...
 
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I agree, Moonbear. Edwards has made a few foul-ups. In the beginning, it appeared that he was coming on strong, versus Cheney's constant repetitiveness. One question that I noticed hurt Edwards quite a bit was when he was asked what exactly is the global test compared to not letting the United States be vetoed by other countries. In my opinion, Edwards' response was unsatisfactory. Overall, I think this debate will be close.

Personally, I find both canidates to be very repetitive. This maybe because we heard the Bush-Kerry debate, and we're wanting something new from this debate - hasn't happened, yet.

Edit: I also find both of the candiates to be more hostile towards one another, compared to that of Kerry and Bush. That's about the only reason I'm watching, now.
 
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Well, Edwards sounds more repetitive because he's repeating a lot of what Kerry already said. I agree with you that he really screwed up on the "global test" question. Cheney doesn't sound as repetitive, but that's just because he has a greater vocabulary than Bush, so is saying more than Bush did. They are certainly very closely matched competitors in this debate.

Adding on...wow, Cheney is vicious! A few very barbed insults toward Edwards' Congressional record.
 
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Cheney's an amazing debater...but it looks like Edwards is getting better - he's made a couple of good points and one bad one (in the last 10 minutes).
 
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Ithink this one goes to Cheney.
I can't believe Edwards brought up Cheney's gay daughter.
 
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Ithink this one goes to Cheney.
I can't believe Edwards brought up Cheney's gay daughter.

Yeah, that was pretty low. Then again, they've both tossed around some veiled insults, and some not so veiled ones. This is certainly more fun to watch than the Bush/Kerry debate! Edwards can't control the facial expressions either. He isn't as skilled of a debater...inexperience I think.
 
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Edwards needs to stop rubbing his nose, it's a strong sign that someone feels they are lying or will be caught lying....but then most people probably don't realize that, do they?
 
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I was disappointed at the moderator in one instance - this was the point where she had pointed the question at Cheney, but Cheney thought she might've made a mistake and corrected her that it was Edwards' question. She thinks for a second and replies that the question does indeed go to Cheney, and she had forgotten because of Edwards' lack of reponse to concerning the question about Israel. I thought that was a tad rude, and it made the moderator seem biased towards Cheney. It was also unfair to Edwards, given the moderator and Cheney were against him in that sense. The audience laughed, and I could tell that it embarrassed Edwards.

Edit: I like the last moderator - Leher, better than this one.
 
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kat said:
Edwards needs to stop rubbing his nose, it's a strong sign that someone feels they are lying or will be caught lying....but then most people probably don't realize that, do they?

As I looked up to the TV after reading this line, I caught Cheney rubbing his nose! :rofl: No, I wasn't aware this meant anything and hadn't noticed until now!
 
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I was disappointed at the moderator in one instance - this was the point where she had pointed the question at Cheney, but Cheney thought she might've made a mistake and corrected her that it was Edwards' question. She thinks for a second and replies that the question does indeed go to Cheney, and she had forgotten because of Edwards' lack of reponse to concerning the question about Israel. I thought that was a tad rude, and it made the moderator seem biased towards Cheney. It was also unfair to Edwards, given the moderator and Cheney were against him in that sense. The audience laughed, and I could tell that it embarrassed Edwards.

I haven't been too impressed with this moderator all along. She seems to screw up a lot of the questions, and has to restate them. I find it confusing. She's screwed up a few times on whose turn it is.
 
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edwards closing statements..*blink* *blink* *Blink*

What was Cheny talking about when he rubbed his nose, I missed it?
 
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I think she was weak, didn't enforce the rules well but she's always been that way so I wasn't surprised. I think her questions were fairer to both then Lehrers were.
 
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Edwards - *****, moan, whine, but a plan for everything.

A cakewalk for Cheney!
 
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kat said:
edwards closing statements..*blink* *blink* *Blink*

What was Cheny talking about when he rubbed his nose, I missed it?

Unfortunately, I missed what he said because I was reading the replies here, and just caught it as I looked up. It was the final question. But, you know, they could just have itchy noses. :wink: Or could be a nervous habit too. I got the impression they were both giving half-truths for answers, they just each give the half of the truth that fits their particular side of the story.
 
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I think it was a pretty pathetic debate, both of the candidates ended up repeating the same exact things with the same exact rebuttals over and over again and could never stay on topic.

Though it's pretty clear, Cheney won.
 
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Well, I think this one was very close. If I was pressed to give a winner, I'd say Cheney had the slight edge on this one. But that's why I made sure I got home in time to watch the debate tonight...I had a feeling Cheney would give me a better perspective that Bush did on what their objectives are for the next 4 years. Not that it helps give me any confidence in Bush that he needs Cheney to speak for him, but at least it's not so painful to listen to Cheney speak. Gosh, I was almost thinking Cheney and Edwards were going to come to blows about halfway through the way they both got so nasty!
 
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Edwards failed to really reassure that he had the qualifications to take over as president after Cheney so clearly outlined the obligation of the VP to take over for the president.
 
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lol, I think that's pretty meaningless Gokul. Thanks for the chuckle though.
 
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Gokul43201 said:
Among 83,000 voters (right now) at joe.msnbc.com 78% say EDWARDS WON !!!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036789/

Really??? I don't think Edwards did so badly as to undermine Kerry's clear-cut win in the first debate, but I don't think he came out ahead.
 
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My pleasure ! CNN will show online results soon. I'll be back with more entertainment.
 
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CNN, with 55,000 votes (at edit time) has Edwards 82%, Cheney 14%, Even 4% !!!

Better than a ball of wool, eh ? :wink:
 
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I just checked out that link Gokul. Wow! Though it's down to 76% when I voted, so maybe a lot of Kerry supporters got in early just to bias the early reports to have a bigger impact. They must not have even waited for the debate to end to vote so quickly.

On CBS News just now, they just reported 29% Edwards won, 42% Cheney, 29% tie.
 
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mmm, I won't buy any poll I see at this point without the internals. I don't even think they can poll the east coast (or deep south) because it's so late in the evening.
 
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I agree that Edwards didn't do his best, but he didn't do his worst either. I doubt he'll hurt all the momentum that the Kerry compaign now possesses. So long, Bush.
 
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Moonbear said:
I just checked out that link Gokul. Wow! Though it's down to 76% when I voted, so maybe a lot of Kerry supporters got in early just to bias the early reports to have a bigger impact. They must not have even waited for the debate to end to vote so quickly.

On CBS News just now, they just reported 29% Edwards won, 42% Cheney, 29% tie.

The online polls didn't appear till just after the debate ended. I too was shocked when I first saw something like 15,000 votes within about a minute of opening.
 
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Kat, some of these polls are just off the internet...whoever goes to the MSNBC website can vote on that one. I wasn't quite clear whether the one I saw reported on CBS was a local poll or national one. They've been mentioning following about 200 local undecided voters, so that could have been them they were talking about.
 
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mmm, I won't buy any poll I see at this point without the internals. I don't even think they can poll the east coast (or deep south) because it's so late in the evening.

Yeah, these are more for entertainment...and they are not scientific polls anyway. The votes will eventually swing towards Cheney, I believe, but I think it will be closer than the previous debate, and hence have a smaller effect on general polling numbers.
 
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Wow, I'm a fervent Kerry/Edwards supporter, but I don't see how 70+% of the people could think Edwards won, where it was a rare poll that showed John Kerry even doing that well.

Kerry did much better than Bush in the deabte, and comparatively better than Edwards. Cheney did much better than Edwards in the debate, and comparatively better than Bush.

At least with the Democrats, the guy they want to be #1 is the guy who's the best. Wheras with the Republicans, Cheney clearly had a better handle on numbers, facts, small details, a wide range of issues, and was just a more coherent person/debater in general.

Does anyone really doubt that Cheney's really the head of ship?
 
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Wasteof02- I believe (I really need to dbl check it but...) that those who heard Bush/Kerry on radio or only read the transcript rated Bush higher then Kerry. Hence the Bush won on content/Kerry won on style comments.
 
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kat said:
Ithink this one goes to Cheney.
I can't believe Edwards brought up Cheney's gay daughter.

I don't think this was low at all. Edwards was showing respect for Cheney's stand on the issue. He wasn't trying to muscle anything out of this...
 
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Hence the Bush won on content

I find that quite surprising !! :eek:
 
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Wow, I'm a fervent Kerry/Edwards supporter, but I don't see how 70+% of the people could think Edwards won, where it was a rare poll that showed John Kerry even doing that well.

wo2, this number started near 80% and has been dropping steadily to 70%...I think it will continue to drop for a while, as people listen to analysts/hear clips/read transcripts.
 
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kat said:
Wasteof02- I believe (I really need to dbl check it but...) that those who heard Bush/Kerry on radio or only read the transcript rated Bush higher then Kerry. Hence the Bush won on content/Kerry won on style comments.
What do you think swayed people who read it or only heard it?

Was it the "Yeah, uhh, I uhh, ya see, i... uhh, I'm doin' hard work, lotsa' people are workin' hard, it's uh... see, it's hard work workin' this hard to attain such a hard goal."? Was it the mindless repetition? Was it the failure to rebut any of Kerry's main points or defend Kerry's attacks on his own? All Bush said was that it was hard work, Kerry is inconsistant, he is consistant/strong, criticism is bad, Kerry is critical.
 

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