September 2004 Archives

September 30, 2004

Bush Would Win If Elections Were Held Today

Richard S. Dunham of Business Week Online contends that, "If the Presidential election were held today, George W. Bush would win a modest but comfortable victory in the popular vote over Massachusetts Senator John F. Kerry, according to most recent polls. But it would be a decisive victory in the Electoral College," Dunham added.

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September 28, 2004

Debate Allowed Bush and Kerry to Talk Directly to Voters

The debate tonight between President George Bush and Senator John Kerry, the Democrat's candidate for the most powerful office in the world, gave U.S. citizens an opportunity to hear the candidates present and defend their views on U.S. foreign policy and homeland security without those views being filtered by big media or bloggers.

I agree with Fox News that "Self-serving oversimplifications marked the debate, which took place at the University of Miami at Coral Gables, Florida as protesters demonstrated outside.

Significantly, the debate was beneficial for Mr.Kerry because he finally got a chance to explain his platform to voters. As the incumbent, Mr. Bush got a chance to defend his foreign policy forays and showcase himself as a great war chief determined to defend the U.S. at all cost and wage war against 'terrorists."

Mr. Kerry repeatedly hammered him on the war in Iraq, which has cost billions of dollars that could, according to Mr. Kerry, have been spent on health care and other domestic concerns, especially since Iraq posed no threat to the U.S.

Also, each candidate probably strengthened his base, and, importantly, had the opportunity to woo independents.

Admittedly, some independents, like Democrats and Republicans, have already made up their minds and weren't swayed by the debates. Nor will they be swayed by the debates to come. That's because they will not make a decision until they are actually in the voting booth although they've studied the candidates' platforms thoroughly. Their decision is often a split-second one. That's the voter that needs to be wooed.

Finally, what stood out most to this observer is the distinct divide between Mr. Bush and Mr. Kerry on U.S. foreign policy. Kerry's believes in multilateralism while Mr. Bush reinforced his position as a unilateralist.

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