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Subject: Handling disagreement Date: 8/26/2004 2:06 PM
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Kerry is here in Minnesota today, at a town-hall meeting of 300 invited undecided voters. It was broadcast live on MPR. The point of the venue was to have undecided voters bring their issues and ask him their tough questions.

Well, first point: every politician should do this. It should be the basis for their campaigns. So why did I think that it was such a great thing that Kerry doing? Because of the exceedingly low bar that Bush has set. Bush wouldn't be caught dead in a room full of undecided voters.

As for Kerry's answers, I thought for the most part they were correct, both in sentiment and substance. He was able to give concrete plans for how to fix specific issues, where the money was going to come from, how to trim government spending where it is being wasted, etc.

He was challenged at one point by a self-identified Christian who wanted to know what Kerry was going to do about immigrants changing the fabric of America and threatening her faith. (Never mind that she's in the majority and has every social and cultural benefit going for her...I sooooo detest these people.) I thought Kerry very diplomatically but firmly put her in her place by saying (paraphrasing): "I am a Christian, but I do not want to be president just for Christians." The rest of the audience gave his answer on that a rousing applause.

Just listening to that meeting, compared to listening to Bush try to explain "sovereignty" told me who I want to vote for.
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