Moving On After Debate

By: Sonya Crawford
By: Sonya Crawford

The day after the Vice Presidential Debate, President Bush was out before voters, repeating some of the themes Vice President Dick Cheney sounded Tuesday night.

Opinion is mixed on whether Cheney or Sen. John Edwards won the night in their first and only confrontation. Both sides say they were pleased with the outcome.

Energized by the Vice Presidential Debate, President Bush took some jabs at his opponents before an invited audience in Pennsylvania Wednesday morning.

"He said terrorists are pouring across the Iraqi border. Fighting those terrorists are a diversion. You hear all that you understand why somebody would make a face," said President Bush.

It will be his ability to defend the economy, though that may be of greatest use come Friday when the president debates Sen. Kerry on domestic issues.

Kerry, who said he was very pleased with Sen. Edwards' performance Tuesday, is preparing for that matchup at his home in Colorado.

In an ABC News poll right after the Vice Presidential Debate, viewers said Cheney won, 43 to 35 percent, but more Republicans did tune in, which might reflect the higher numbers, and like last week, the televised sparring did little to immediately change minds. Viewers still prefer who they did beforehand.

"Did you hear any indication that they're going to tell the truth to the American people about the mess in Iraq?" asked Edwards at a rally Wednesday.

"The most important obligation and job of commander in chief is to support the men and women he sends into harm's way," said Cheney to an audience Wednesday. "John Kerry didn't do that."

The White House says the president's campaign appearances leading up to the Friday debate will work to tie his policies on terrorism, a topic that he does well with on voters, with his economic policies. That is a topic that the Kerry campaign thinks it can capitalize on.


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