For Cheney to directly contridict himself within the span of 4 minutes is quite impressive and should speak volumes about how this entire administration has been operated.
I just got done watching the Vice-Presidential debates, and I must say that I was disappointed in the performance of both of the participants.
My first impressions were that John Edwards started out really strong. Edwards was really attacking the Bush/Cheney campaign on the issue of Iraq and the Economy. Although I felt that throughout the rest of the debate he provided sound answers to most or all of the questions/rebuttals he didn’t keep the pressure.
The second thing that made me take notice was that the Vice President was more interested in trying to make little quips and zings than actually addressing the points that John Edwards brought up. It seemed that on more than one issue, especially Gay Marriage and the Economy that Dick Cheney was simply not interested in answering questions. John Edwards was really no better in the later parts of the debate. Both participants were content to completely ignore the questions and parameters of the debate to reiterate their campaign talking points and from time-to-time harp on each other’s political records.
Another thing that started to become more apparent, and started showing itself during the first debate, was the tendency of the participants of the debate to continuously “go back” to a previous question to get the last word on the issue. Sometimes it comes off as OK, but most of the time it looks childish, stupid and unnecessary. It must have seriously happened at least 5 times per person and became really annoying as the debate wore on.
The worst part (and the reason why I would probably give Edwards a very slight win in this debate) is how Dick Cheney would say in one breath, “there is a direct link between Iraq and Al Qaeda” “there is tons of evidence, look at the 10 year relationship”, and when John Edwards would press the issue Dick Cheney would pretend like he’s never heard of such a thing, “oh I would have never implied such a thing!” I was upset to see this administration pull this little trick time after time, but they usually do it between different people on different days. They’ll get Rumsfeld to say one thing on Monday in D.C. and Cheney will say the complete opposite in Ohio on Thursday. For Cheney to directly contridict himself within the span of 4 minutes is quite impressive and should speak volumes about how this entire administration has been operated!
Quote of the night: “I really don’t know where to begin” – Dick Cheney. He must’ve said it 3 times tonight, and it was usually when he didn’t have an answer for John and wanted to spend a few of his 30 seconds guffawing and trying to get the crowd to chuckle :)
So Clint scores this debate as a tie, but in actuality we all lost tonight, so I’m deducting 1 point from each campaign. Bush and Cheney now have -1 points and Kerry/Edwards is back at zero