I'm not sure I'm judging on the right criteria here, because I thought that Kerry trounced Bush. Granted, I didn't watch the first 30 minutes, but I thought that Kerry looked much more relaxed and Bush sounding like he was scolding a preschooler whenever he addressed the American public.
Bush was on the defensive quite a bit. And apparently he can't name three decisions that he now regrets. And his stance on Canadian drugs was a bit weak--apparently all those American-made drugs are wreaking havoc on the Canadians (perhaps that's why they can't pronounce the letter O? Maybe if Americans start taking this medication they'll stay home on weekends to do some work aboot the hoose?)
But I'm extremely biased, so don't take this stuff as gospel. All I'm saying is that Kerry looked like he saw the debate as a stimulating challenge, and Bush looked like he just wanted to get out of there. Frankly, I think the idea of answering questions posed by the general public just doesn't appeal to him.
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My parents were hippies. Both my grandfathers were Mennonite conscientious objectors in WWII. It's complicated.