P R E - D E B A T E S N I P P E T S F R O M T H E S P I N R O O M
Jim Dyke, RNC Communications
I think President Bush needs to reinforce the accomplishments that we've seen over his administration--his commitment to fighting and winning the war on terror, which are obviously points he's very comfortable with. I think it's also important in that mix to remind people that he's always said the war against terror is a hard fight but that it's an important fight and we need to keep fighting it.
I think the challenge for
Sen. Kerry will be to try and square the round table or round the square
table in his various positions that he's taken--11 different positions
on Iraq, a new one yesterday; eight different positions on the $87 billion
that he voted against after saying that it would be irresponsible to vote
against it. I think he has a lot of explaining to to and I'm not--he's
obviously a stunning debater, having started debating back in prep school
through college at an Ivy League school and through 20 years in the United
Josh King, New Orleans,
Reporter: Have you been out there on the stump supporting President Bush?
No, no I haven't. I
was a ship-driver on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln; I was driving the ship
when President Bush gave his speech, met him briefly, and have had ties
to the Bush campaign but I haven't been out campaigning actively until
I think President Bush has to explain the record of the last four years. Why did this country lose a million jobs under his leadership. Why are we in a mess in Iraq today that's costing America $200 billion, over a thousand lives, and every day Americans are being kidnapped and beheaded all across that country. Why have five million Americans lost their health insurance in the last four years and why is this country going in the wrong direction.
And I think John Kerry needs to explain to the people of this country where he intend to lead America, how his policies will be different. What he can do about the mess in Iraq, what he can do about our economy. So I think that's really what's going to happen in this debate and the next two debates for president.
Reporter: The Bush people keep saying that their top item is that Sen. Kerry has to explain his 11 positions on Iraq.
Sen. Kerry needs to explain what to do in Iraq right now, what to do with the mess that's been created by George Bush's policies.
Reporter: Does he need to explain his--
No, he's had one position.
He supported the authorization of the use of force in Iraq, but he deeply
regrets what the president did with that authority. Unfortunately
every step along the way the president made mistake after mistake and now
we find ourself in a tremendous quagmire in Iraq because of the president's
Reporter: How about President Bush; what does President Bush have to accomplish tonight?
I think that's tough.
I mean he can either come clean and admit his mistakes and sort of fess
up and tell the country the mitigating circumstances and why he should
be re-hired or he can continue to not face reality. Either way it's
a tough position.
Reporter: So are you basically introducing them?
My whole point, no, I'm speaking
to the audience to discuss with the the battle that the 9/11 familes had
with the Bush Administration to try and get a 9/11 Commisssion established.
Because apparently there's a misunderstnding on behalf of most of America.
They think that President Bush supported a 9/11 Commission. He didn't.
Sen. Bob Graham