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I am glad that people have responded on this.

Jon—-I have to agree with you on a couple of things. ( still can’t use the mechanics on my keyboard—-to quote you : :rolleyes: ) I feel as the media has reflected; that Kerry won the debate. This is not much news to me, Bush is not an orator, nor is he a lawyer—-we saw this in the last election.

Also—-most U.S. citizens are very concerned about the war and where it is going-so they like Kerry’s message of lets ‘fix it’

Understandable if you ask me.

I am concerned about Kerry’s ability to form alliances-he certainly has not been diplomatic in referring to the ‘coerced and the bribed”, or the Iraqi leader.

The word ‘flip-flop’ has been used ad-nauseum-it’s sad. However Kerry showed me as a listener several times

referring to S. Hussein as a threat and then arguing he wasn’t a threat at all. This whole thing about weapons of mass destruction is just as bad for the campaign as the ‘flip-flop’ term the Bush campaign has used. Why are not box-cutters, and suicide bombers, and poison gases considered just as much of a threat? I can not put myself in the position of waiting upon the U.N. weapons inspectors or waiting for yet another failed resolution

I do not think it is the terrorist mentality to co operate with such agendas—I meant I can not imagine what, who, or how a commander in cheif/chief? makes decisions that put the rest of his/her country in harm’s way. As difficult as it has been it has been easier for me to trust Bush’s call than Kerry’s hindsight. Likewise the war has become much more difficult—-we are given a choice about who we trust to make the ultimate decisions.

Gore was more charismatic than Bush in the previous campaign, and Kerry is a better speaker than Gore was. So the direction the debate went is not surprising—-I only fear that Kerry will convince our country that embryonic stem cell research will solve many health care problems—-and that abortion is a correct choice for some economic/social/political matters. This last sentence is anticipation of the next debates and not addressing response to the current debate and issues.