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Monday, October 04, 2004

The Backup Boys Debate
With the latest Newsweek polls showing that Kerry's favourable showing in last Thursday's debate has closed the gap between Bush and himself, Tuesday's Cheney-Edwards debate is crucial in either extending the Kerry-Edwards momentum, or slowing it. It's a scintillating matchup, with experienced trial lawyer, but political newbie, Edwards against 30-year political veteran Cheney. Edwards is inherently eloquent and posseses the personal injury lawyer's skill of framing his dialogue to mould the audience's perceptions of the issue. But it will remain an open question whether this will be enough against the tough, uncompromising and consummate politician that is Dick Cheney. For those with DSTV (and insomnia), the debate will be broadcast at about 3AM on Wednesday.