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Re: Debates

I can't say that I watched much of either of the two debates. Apparently, I was way off the mark about how Kerry might do. (Of course, there are still two presidential debates left.)

Why might that be? Well, I based my thinking on two observations: Kerry seems usually to be rather awkward when he tries to speak extemporaneously and he gets easily confusticated when he encounters a question about a subject he'd rather not discuss.

Heck, even Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer can throw him into a tizzy with an unwelcome question.

So, why did he do so well last Thursday? What's the difference, specifically, when Gibson or Sawyer brings up in an interview a subject he'd rather not discuss and when it comes up in a debate. I think it's this: when Kerry appears on the morning broadcast TV shows, he knows he's walking into an unofficial, informal branch office of his own campaign, so he's shocked to get thrown a question he doesn't want to have to catch. Not so at a debate: he can get psyched up for dealing with difficult subjects, even if it's only to keep a smooth demeanor and pretend to answer the question.

I think the biggest difference drawn between the two men last Thursday is this. When he feels he needs to be, John Kerry is a good actor: he remembers his lines and delivers them well. And George Bush isn't any kind of actor. Ever.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Thu. 10/07/04 05:58:24 PM
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