Wednesday, October 13, 2004

This isn't your high school debate forum

Nope, certainly not... in high school, you had to actually debate the topic.

Okay, they did fairly well tonight. Looking for the full transcript? Here it is.

In the mean time, let me play a little game; see if you can pick out the speaker.

1. My fellow Americans, as you heard from Bob Schieffer a moment ago, America is being tested by division. More than ever, we need to be united as a country.

2. He has no record on reforming of health care. No record at all.

3. Education is how to help the person who's lost a job. Education is how to make sure we've got a workforce that's productive and competitive.

4. I have got a comprehensive strategy to not only chase down the Al Qaida, wherever it exists but to make sure that countries that harbor terrorists are held to account.

5. But the most important thing to relieve the pressure on all of the armed forces is frankly to run a foreign policy that recognizes that America is strongest when we are working with real alliances, when we are sharing the burdens of the world by working through our statesmanship at the highest levels and our diplomacy to bring other nations to our side.

6. I believe in the sanctity of marriage. I think it's very important that we protect marriage as an institution, between a man and a woman.

7. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. But I also believe that because we are the United States of America, we're a country with a great, unbelievable Constitution, with rights that we afford people, that you can't discriminate in the workplace. You can't discriminate in the rights that you afford people.

8. It's long overdue time to raise the minimum wage.

9. Mitch McConnell had a minimum-wage plan that I supported that would have increased the minimum wage... But let me talk about what's really important for the worker you're referring to. And that's to make sure the education system works. It's to make sure we raise standards... Listen, the No Child Left Behind Act is really a jobs act when you think about it. The No Child Left Behind Act says, "We'll raise standards. We'll increase federal spending. But in return for extra spending, we now want people to measure -- states and local jurisdictions to measure to show us whether or not a child can read or write or add and subtract."

10. I'm going to stand up and fight for the American worker. And I am going to do it in a way that's fiscally sound. I show how I pay for the health care, how we pay for the education.

1. Kerry
2. Bush
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5. Kerry
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9. Bush
10. Kerry

And as to my earlier question about the President and flu shots: "I haven't gotten a flu shot, and I don't intend to because I want to make sure those who are most vulnerable get treated."

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