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 […]