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Old 09-30-2004, 09:26 AM   #16
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It will be a 90 minute ad followed by hours of analysis and spin.

Each candidate is coached to dance according to the track record of prior debates.
Excellent was to put it. That is exactly what it will be like.
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Old 09-30-2004, 09:58 AM   #18
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This should be interesting. I'd be glued to my seat if it wasn't for the Aussie Pink Floyd show tonight!
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So what are the rules of the debate?

I thought Bush was at a disadvantage b/c he is supposed to be a pretty "dumb" guy going against US Senator Kerry whose intelligence and oratory are at a much higher level than GW.
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The rules tend to balance that somewhat by not allowing any direct back and forth. No candidate can ask any question or address directly the other candidate.

That way Kerry (who is by FAR the superior orator) can't try and trap Bush into one of his "Bushisms", which puts Bush at a bit of an advantage by not having to field a question that may stump him and cost him the debate.
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The rules of the debate were negotiated by reps from both parties, so they have even representation.


Remember, however, the goal is not to win based on the transcript, but on the visual presentation.
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"just like kerry could be thrown off guard by actually having to state where he stands on an issue"

Ooooh. Way to regurgitate your little talking points. How cute. I know thinking comes really hard for your kind, but come on.
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Each candidate is coached to dance according to the track record of prior debates.
I read that as "coached to dance according to the dance track record." I was totally confused! I didn't know there was a dance contest.

Now now, thomas. We all have talking points. The Reps. are just more organized with them. bitches.
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I think the rules are dumb. The camera is not allowed to show the reaction of the other opponent. They taped lines that each speaker isn't allowed to cross. And they can't speak to each other? Hello. Doesn't sound like a debate to me sounds like individual speeches.
I'd rather watch the Aussie Pink Floyd too but I need to watch this debate. This presidential election is too important to not pay attention.

What really gets me is why we can't find two great people from each party. Why does it have to be Bush or Kerry the lesser of two evils? Isn't there some one who is just great out there?

Again I am a little nieve when it comes to politics but I am trying.
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Hey! It just came to me! Kerry, could be thrown off guard by actually having to state where he stands on an issue.
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My prediction for this debate....

Overrated by the media and boring as hell with no discernible gains by either candidate.

I wonder if Kerry will bait Bush? It would make for a more interesting debate. Sort of like say: Blood for oil! President Bush will reinstate the draft! You're a neo-con draft dodger! Bush's family is connected to the Saudis and Osama Bin Laden! Lil George wants to fix his daddy's mistakes!
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The media has to hype this thing. It's how they sell newspapers and time to the advertizers. It's called the Almighty Buck.
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Old 09-30-2004, 04:06 PM   #29
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Yeah but the way this debate is made, I can't see how it really will make a difference people's opinions...
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Old 09-30-2004, 06:05 PM   #30
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okay everyone watching the presidential smackdown? Someone is gona break the rules - the fun is watching to see which one it is
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