Last debate Bush was focused, eloquent

by Mona Charen There was one moment in the final presidential debate in which John Kerry was downright likable. When offering up the standard gallant remark that he, Bush and Bob Schieffer had all “married up,” Kerry had the presence of mind to realize instantly how that sounded coming from not just the only man […]

Bush was at his best, but will it be enough?

Freedom Newspapers The president came out swinging in the final debate on Wednesday night, appearing unusually poised, well-spoken and forceful as he defended his record and attacked Sen. John Kerry as a Massachusetts liberal who makes Ted Kennedy seem like a conservative. That last point was his best line, perhaps, but George W. Bush did […]

Media preying on emotions of public

By Thomas Sowell A joke has President Bush and the Pope sailing down the Potomac on the Presidential yacht. The wind blows the Pontiff’s cap off and it falls into the water. President Bush orders the yacht stopped, gets off and walks across the water to retrieve the Pope’s cap. The next day’s headline in […]

Bush rebounds, but Kerry is formidable

Freedom Newspapers Friday’s second presidential debate in St. Louis saw both candidates in prime form, giving voters a good picture of each. President Bush did much better than in his first debate, this time not grimacing and mostly avoiding the twisted syntax, repetition and lack of compelling detail that hurt him the first time around. […]

Cheney bested Edwards — and Bush — in debate

Freedom Newspapers Tuesday night’s debate between the vice presidential candidates was more substantive than last week’s between the presidential candidates. Vice President Dick Cheney’s even-handed, informed performance was dramatically better than President Bush’s halting, repetitive answers. Even Sen. John Edwards came across in some ways better than his principal, Sen. John Kerry. Most important, Cheney […]

Debate needed to include more foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers Neither stumbled badly, but neither hit one out of the park. Since Sen. John Kerry had the more formidable task confronting him — to change public perception in areas where polls currently show President Bush has the advantage, like leadership — he probably didn’t win Thursday night’s encounter, whatever pundits or debating experts […]

Candidates need to debate foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers He is hardly the ideal spokesman for caution and candor in international relations. He may be doing this out of sheer desperation or cold-blooded political calculation. His plan doesn’t differ all that much from what the Bush administration has tried to do and looks more like a hope than a solution. Even given […]

‘Docugate:’ CBS can’t stonewall this time

Mona Charen Though some have dubbed the Dan Rather docugate story a distraction from the real issues of campaign 2004, I would argue that, in some ways, the episode illuminates those issues. For more than 30 years, John Kerry has been vaulting back and forth over the Vietnam fence — believing the war was his […]

Doing homework makes debates worth watching

Freedom Editorial If you’re not careful, watching one of the presidential debates that begin this week could leave you spending 90 minutes to get nothing more than sound bites. However, with a little work, voters can take something from the debates between President George W. Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry. The debates begin Thursday […]

Kerry keeps sidestepping his record

By Mona Charen Singing of Werner Van Braun in the 1960s, satirist Tom Lehrer dubbed him “a man whose allegiance is ruled by expedience.” Those words come wafting through time now because they fit the Democratic nominee for president so perfectly. This has been evident about John Kerry throughout his career, but never more than […]

Kerry keeps debating himself on Iraq issues

Freedom Newspapers One reason Sen. John Kerry isn’t gaining traction in his presidential bid is that he keeps contradicting himself. Speaking in Cincinnati last week, he attacked President Bush’s Iraq policy. He’s running a TV ad voicing the same theme. “George W. Bush’s wrong choices have led America in the wrong direction on Iraq and […]

Kerry just too soft to hold presidency

By Mona Charon: Syndicated Columnist NEW YORK — I have never seen so many police — and for the first time I really understand Rudolph Giuliani’s love for “New York’s finest.” Convention goers were impressed with their hospitality, their politeness and their restraint in the face of some extremely obnoxious protesters. (Many of the protesters, […]

Kerry has curdled self-image of U.S.

Mona Charen In their new bestseller, “Can America Survive?” Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth begin with a pointed contrast between the America of today and that of 1942. One starts the section with trepidation, since such comparisons are overdone and usually strained. But the authors handle it deftly. The result is a quite devastating insight […]

We’re looking for substance from the GOP

Freedom Newspapers Modern political conventions have become four-day infomercials about the candidates being nominated. Still, people can glean something if they listen closely. At the Democratic convention a month ago, vice presidential nominee John Edwards continued his “two Americas” rhetoric borrowed from a 1930s radical labor movement. And Sen. John Kerry emphasized his now-controversial four […]

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The presidential campaign is stalled debating the inflammatory merits and demerits of the candidates’ Vietnam War service — even as America has an actual war being conducted by an actual president, George W. Bush, whose leadership the country has viewed for nearly four years. And there’s an actual challenger, Sen. John Kerry, who has a […]

Mandatory VA funding not a good idea

Tom Philpott, Military Update If John Kerry has his way, any veteran who served two years on active duty or, if mobilized, even less, would be rewarded with lifetime access to healthcare from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). That’s the logical consequence of Kerry’s call for “full, mandatory funding” of veterans healthcare, if the Democratic […]

Kerry’s record is one of appeasement

By Mona Charen John F. Kerry is a dove in hawk’s clothing. Yes, he volunteered in Vietnam — and none can deny him the honor he deserves for having done his duty. But he now asks to be commander in chief largely on the strength of that four-month stint — which is like trying to […]

Campaigns spend millions on TV ads

By Ned Cantwell It’s that glorious time again, the time when national politicians take note of tiny New Mexico. During the normal course of events, the closest they get to us is when their planes fly over at 30,000 feet. But New Mexico is labeled a “battleground state,” so here they come. As soon as […]

Kerry attempting to look tougher than Republicans

Freedom Editorial Perhaps the most striking thing about the Democratic convention was the effort to convince Americans that the Democrats would be tougher than the Republicans on the issues of war, peace and national security. While surveys show about 90 percent of the delegates to the convention opposed the war in Iraq, from the speakers’ […]

Kerry’s tax plan may not be what he thinks it is

‘Hope is on the way,” promised Sen. John Edwards over and over in his vice presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. He meant, “Higher taxes are on the way.” After listing a number of proposed new government programs, he explained, “So now you ask how are we going to pay for this? […]