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    Friday, October 08, 2004

    Post debate 

    The Town Hall meeting elicited excellent questions.

    President Bush did better than last week - then again, how could he possibly have done worse? - but he continues to distort several parts of John Kerry's platform, especially that whopper about Kerry's health care plan being government-controlled socialized medicine. The Kerry plan takes the current private health-care system and pays for it differently. It will be interesting to see what the fact checkers turn up overnight.

    John Kerry was even more direct and succinct than last week. He's clearly learning. At times he seemed - oh my goodness - almost likable. I thought it was a masterful stroke for him to credit and express respect for others' religious beliefs - and also to talk about his religious background - but then to make the point that, as president, he won't try to impose his beliefs on others.

    It was a good debate, a good exchange, eliciting the very real differences between these two guys. At least as important as the next debate, though, could very well be developments in the world and in Iraq.

    posted by Carol Towarnicky at # 11:12 PM


    On the left: Carol Towarnicky, chief editorial writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, from a liberal point of view.

    On the right: Leo Morris, editorial page editor of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel, from a conservative point of view.

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