Comments: John Edwards

The interesting thing is that, though I'm a Kerry man, I've liked Cheney's debating style previously and I never really cared for Edwards. So if anything, I was naturally disposed to give the edge to Cheney. But it looked like a tie to me.

The hand-folding thing that Edwards does bugs me too. Trying to decide between that patently insincere Sunday-school-hand-tent and Cheney's ability to spout blatant falsehoods without any visible change in expression... tough call. It's a toss-up for me.

I noticed Gwen's rapport with Cheney too. It's odd, since Edwards was polite to her, and Cheney treated her like a cardboard prop, for the most part.

Posted by Mediocre Fred at October 6, 2004 07:58 PM

"I've never alluded to a connection between Saddam Hussein and 911!"

Well, he hasn't. No one in the administration has ever suggested such a thing. We've heard Democrats suggesting that Republicans have suggested it, but you won’t be able to find a single quote from an administration official linking Saddam with 9/11. I challenge you...

Posted by Richard at October 6, 2004 11:34 PM

OK Richard, you are right. I couldn't find a direct quote that Cheney connected the two. However, he has alluded to it continuously along with other White House staff, and has always stated that Saddam has had ties to al-Queida, insinuating that he had something to do with 911.

Read this:

"NEW YORK (September 10, 2004) -- The latest Newsweek poll, released this week, revealed that 42% of Americans continue to believe that Saddam Hussein's regime was "directly involved" in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States."

It seems to matter little that every official federal probe, most recently the much-lauded 9/11 Commission, has debunked this myth, in high-profile reports. Yet the percentage of Americans clinging to the Iraq connection has declined only slightly in the past year.

"...another poll that suggested that Americans remain "woefully uniformed or misinformed about certain key issues relating to the war." One survey result: 35% still believe that Iraq had stockpiles of WMD when the U.S. invaded."

Stuff like this drives me crazy. Obviously people are getting the idea from somewhere.

Posted by ensie at October 7, 2004 06:18 PM

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