2004 First Presidential Debate

- wadE

Chelle, Alex, and I watched together last night...and didn't get drunk, mostly because there was no mention of Vietnam, nor nuke-you-lar.

I think Alex made the best point of the night when he said the Bush said nothing about what he was going to do.

In checking, besides saying once that he was "going to win the election" and talking about what his opponent was going to do pay for something, and talking about various "They" are going to do something (foreign countries and leaders), this is what I found in regard to Bush saying that I/we/my administration is going to do something:

"We're going to reform our intelligence services to make sure that we get the best intelligence possible."

"I know we're not going to achieve our objective if we send mixed signals to our troops, our friends, the Iraqi citizens."

"There's going to be 125,000 (Iraqis) trained by the end of this year."

"Under my leadership we're going to win this war in Iraq."

"But I'm not going to make decisions that I think are wrong for America."

"I'm not going to go around the country saying he didn't tell the truth, when he looked at the same intelligence I did."

So that's 3 things he's not going to do, 1 very generic win the war statement which leaves 2 things Bush is going to in regard to foreign policy. He's going to reform the FBI and train the Iraqis.

On the other hand Kerry said "I'm going" 11 times, and that's not counting any "My administration is going" or "We are going" or any others.

I think Kerry summed it up best when he said: "But I think the president, again, still hasn't shown how he's going to go about it the right way. He has more of the same."

So the decision truly is... if you think the last 3 1/2 years have gone well, and would like 4 more of the same, then vote for Bush. If you think things haven't gone well, and things should change, then vote for Kerry.

- 10/01/2004


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