Morning after must-reads

By Geraldine Sealey
Published October 14, 2004 4:59PM (UTC)
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Washington Post: David Broder says Bush didn't slump or scowl in Tempe last night , so it was an improvement over his previous performances -- but Kerry was unruffled and has the momentum going into the final 19 days of the campaign.

New York Times: Todd Purdum says the debates were unique because they mattered -- and they were not shining moments for Bush, who appeared in "three guises: impatient, even rattled at times during the first debate, angry and aggressive in the second, sunny and optimistic last night." Kerry turned in "a consistent set of assertive, collected performances."

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Los Angeles Times: After a wide-ranging third debate relatively free of memorable moments, Ron Brownstein says the race appears to be in a virtual dead heat.

Boston Globe: Kerry has yet another plan! Kerry campaign election-closing strategery will focus on seven swing states over the next week, and will send thousands of volunteers and hundreds of surrogates (including Clintons) to 21 states.

FactCheck.org: Dick Cheney's favorite fact-checking site (this one will not redirect you to George Soros' page) takes on the truth-mangling in Tempe.

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AP: On the trail post-Tempe, Lynne Cheney says John Kerry's mention of her daughter Mary in last night's debate was a "cheap and tawdry political trick." Her husband hasn't mentioned it yet.


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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