Presidential Youth Debate

Bush and Kerry are at it again, this time with Nader as well. As covered on Slashdot, they were asked a series of questions by young people in a Presidential Youth Debate moderated by Anthony Todesco. One question came from a lead moderator, ten questions were accepted from 18-35 year olds, and one from 13-17 year olds.

Kerry seemed to have a concept of who his audience was, as his answers were all short and to the point, and most of them at least answered the question that was asked. Granted, he didn’t give complete answers, but he gave easily digestable answers that could be understood by 13-17 year olds. If you want the “adult” answers, those are available on various news sites, from the live debates, etc. I felt that the level of language used by Kerry was at least in line with how I’ve heard him speak, if not more simplified.

Bush‘s answers were some excessively long essays, most of them completely dodging the question at hand. I don’t think he answered a single one of the questions as it was asked, and even declined to answer one question at all. It’s kind of hard to tell if he did answer the questions, since most of his answers are 4+ paragraphs of bullshit. Further, I felt that the language used in his answers was far above his own language level as demonstrated during his term and during the recent debates. I don’t think Bush himself had any part in crafting those answers.

Nader seemed to attack the debate with a “nothing to lose” mentality, which is somewhat appreciated. His answers were also excessively long for the audience at hand, but at least they generally answered the questions and seemed honest.

It will be interesting to watch the final Presidential Debate tonight.

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