Kerry's Performance Draws Praise, President's Fire
Friday hailed overnight polls that found voters felt Senator John
Kerry performed better in the first presidential debate. On the
campaign trail, President Bush fired back that the senator had
just added to his litany of "confusing contradictions"
during Thursday's clash.
and David Brooks assess the first debate.
Bush, Senator Kerry Offer Varied Takes on Iraq
first presidential debate, the issue of how to stabilize Iraq
and when the U.S. could expect to reduce the number of soldiers
there dominated much of the contest. Two former national security
officials consider how the two candidates addressed the topic.
Analysis of the First Presidential Debate
A panel of
undecided voters in Florida reflect
on the two candidates, their styles and the impact the debate
may have on their votes this November.
Debate watchers Kathleen Hall Jamieson and James Fallows return
how the senator and president fared.
Clash Over War in Iraq, Homeland Security
W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry met in the first debate of the 2004
election season Thursday night in Miami, Fla., trading barbs over
the war in Iraq, homeland security, and how to deal with other
nations' emerging nuclear programs.
90-minute faceoff Sen. Kerry said President Bush's decision to
go to war with Iraq had weakened America's alliances and diverted
crucial resources from the war on terror and homeland security.
Bush countered that the war in Iraq is an integral part of the
overall fight against terrorists who target the United States
and that the war has made America safer.
Analysts Assess the Performance of the Candidates
Mark Shields and David Brooks look at each candidate's handling
of the issues and discuss key policy and personality differences
that emerged during the debate.
Washington Political Operatives Consider the Debate's Impact
C. Boyden Gray and Democrat Donna Brazile discuss the candidates'
performances and the effect the debate may have on the remaining
weeks of the presidential campaign.
Historians Michael Beschloss, Ellen Fitzpatrick, and Richard Norton
Smith compare the debate with those of the past and discuss its
potential historical significance.
NewsHour analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks offer final remarks
on the Miami debate and the effect it may have on the voting public.