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Thinks on his feet

John Kerry was the clear winner of the first debate. He had a firm and complex command of world politics, and his 20 years of experience in the Senate was evident.

George Bush also did a great job ” a great job of sticking to his “talking points.” How many times did he reply to John Kerry’s assertions regarding a whole host of issues (high numbers of dead in the Iraq war, security, securing Iraq’s borders, nuclear disarmament, the president’s effort to prosecute the war “on the cheap”) with the same tired lines about Kerry’s mixed messages? Is that the Republican’s only defense?

The American people obviously do learn from repetition, but Bush’s stubbornness was not impressive. On the contrary, I found Bush’s knowledge and command of the issues to be shallow and scripted. He had no spontaneity. Kerry can think on his feet, has 20 years of experience, he has ideas and values I admire, and is remarkably knowledgeable about how history informs the present. Bush’s empty rhetoric and lead feet are not what I will follow.



Brett Hall Jones

Nevada City


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