2004 presidential debate 1. who won and why

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The 90 minute debate, Thursday night, focused almost entirely on the War in Iraq, what Bush's justifications were, and what Kerry felt he could do better.

George Bush felt rather arrogant about the fact that he "knows how to lead" and that Americans know where he stands and know what he believes and that he is very proud that 10 million Iraqis are now registered to vote. He also adds when Iraq is free America will be more secure, and that Iraqis, like Americans, deserve freedom. Bush continually indirectly criticized Kerry by repeatedly stating that he won't continually change his mind and also added he feels Kerry should be ashamed of his 20 year senate record, yet Bush did commend Kerry on his Yale schooling and his time in Vietnam.

Kerry, on the contrary, feels Iraq is nowhere near the center of terrorism (which Bush does) and it is better to put money in homeland security not overseas.

He wants to better protect America's seaports, airports and chemical plants; "But we also have to be smart ... and smart means not diverting our attention from the war on terror and taking it off to Iraq," Kerry stated. He added multiple times that he has a clear plan on how to not only fight the war in Iraq, but win it while bringing our troops home within four years. John Kerry also feels that Bush grossly overspent money overseas in the War in Iraq: money which could have been used for construction, healthcare, or education. In response to Bush's many indirect slams on Kerry, toward the end of the debate, Kerry said, "I made a mistake in the way I talked about the war. The president was wrong in invading Iraq. Which is worse?"

Each of the Candidates had...