Okay, so here I am, getting all my ducks in a row. Streaming feed or TV? Well I was going to rely solely on CSPAN's streaming coverage, but the Real Player program spontaneously quit a second ago (nothing against the program; it seems to be an occasional problem with my OS). I'll keep both the streaming program and the TV on.
Cable or free TV? No contest, since there's no cable connection in the study.
IE or Mozilla? IE, simply because I can quickly spell check my entries.
T minus eleven minutes.
Second thought: Both browsers will be used, so I can update quickly.
5:51 PM PST: Mrs. Kerry and Mrs. Bush introduced.
5:53: Bob Schieffer introduced.
6:01: It starts. Mr. Schieffer reiterates the rules.
6:03: They they are. First question to Senator Kerry: "Will our children live in a world as safe as the one in which we grew up?"
JFK: Nothing different than what GWB is doing.
GWB: Nothing different than what *GWB* is doing. Gooood. Afghanistan..."nuisance"
JFK: Where's Osama?
6:08: New question (GWB): how did the flu vaccine shortage happen?
GWB: outlines the problem... only those who are most vulnerable should get the shot..he won't get it...outlines the litigation fears of potential vaccine manufacturers.
JFK: Makes the case regarding reform of health insurance...blames it on GWB. Has a plan.
GWB: A plan is not to lay out a program that you can't pay for. "Bait and switch."
6:13: New question (JFK): How can you keep from raising taxes without putting the country deeper into debt?
JFK: "Pay-as-you-go"(?) Plans....rolling back the tax cut for people making more than 200K...GWB has never vetoed a bill
GWB: rhetoric versus record....Senator Kerry's voting record...rich tax increase also falls on small businesses
6:17: (GWB) What do you say to someone who has lost his job to someone overseas?
GWB: education compensations....shuffling kids through the system without educating them....outlines need to raises elementary school standards
JFK: 5.6 tril surplus turned into deficit....outlines all the price increases...states wages haves gone down....cuts in programs education/training
6:21: (JFK) Is it fair to blame GWB for the unemployment?
JFK: No...will level the playing field...advocates job hiring credit...fair trade playing field for the American worker..."Will fight just as hard for the American worker just as hard as I have in my own job"..says that Pell Grants have been cut
GWB: Claims Pell Grants haven't been cut but increased...
JFK: supported or voted for tax cuts 200+ times
6:25: (GWB): Do you believe homosexuality is a choice?
GWB: Don't know...Treat all with respect and dignity...respect sanctity of marraige....let citizens make decision about same sex marriage rather than judges
JFK: All God's children....again with Dick Cheney's daughter...."not a choice"...is against same sex marriage....
6:29: (JFK): Some priests telling flock not to vote for Kerry because of his abortion stance.
JFK: choice between woman, God and her doctor....will not overturn Roe v. Wade... "Faith w/o works is dead"
GWB: "important to promote a culture of life"...partial-birth abortion: JFK voted against ban..wants to promote adoption laws, maternity group homes, abstinence programs
6:33: (GWB): Health care cost have risen. Who is at fault?
GWB: health savings account...build a market for h/c services..medical liability reform essential...introduced IT further into health care, generic drugs
JFK: Bush Administration stands in way of reducing cost...GWB blocked access to Canadian drugs, made it illegal for Medicare to obtain less expensive drugs
GWB: No record of healthcare reform in JFK's senate record
JFK: has passed 56 bills, but not all under his name....expansion of h/c bill
6:38: (JFK): Where to get the money for h/c plan?
JFK: H/C plan gives Americans choice of doctor and plan...is not a gov't program..take over Medicaid from the states...broader competition for h/c plans--make them like that of senators...55-64 age group to buy into Medicare early...group plans for small businesses
GWB: can we trust the reports of leading news orgs? [HAHA!]...if raise medicaid 300%, provides incentive for small business not to provide insurance...gov't h/c leads to poor quality
JFK: hasn't fully funded VA, vets are complaining [not this one]
GWB: increased VA funding 22 billion
6:43: (GWB): Social Security: how to pay for it.
GWB: will honor commitment to seniors, but make changes for younger workers: should be allowed to take out some of their own money
JFK: Invite to disaster for younger workers to get their own money; today's workers are paying for today's retirees..will not privatize
6:47: (JFK): Social Security again; Greenspan says that if changes aren't made, there will be a problem. You just said that you won't change it. What will you do?
JFK: [Lots of convoluted stuff that past my typing speed] This president [GWB] is the only that has lost jobs
GWB: JFK voted to tax SS... [my] tax cuts went to low and middle income...recession started in 2000, 9/11 caused loss of 1 million jobs
6:51: (GWB) Immigration
GWB: outlines southern border improvements; promotes temp worker card to monitor migrants; wants to ensure humane treatment, takes pressure off border patrol agents...does not support amnesty; JFK supported amnesty
JFK: middle class family isn't making it because of price increases....GWB broke promise on immigration; southern border more leaky today than before 9/11; wants to crack down on illegal hiring and quicken citizenship process for those that abide by immigration laws
GWB: No [lost some text here]
JFK: Yes...people from Middle East coming across the border
6:56: Next question (JFK): Increase minimum wage?
JFK: Yes, but Republicans won't allow a vote on an increase, will raise it to $7.00... not doing it denies money to women; advocates equal pay for equal work
GWB: Make sure education works, "No Child Left Behind," the problem has to be diagnosed properly: good education=better paying jobs
7:00: (GWB): Follow up on Roe v. Wade, overturn?
GWB: Reframes question as asking whether ther will be a Roe v. Wade litmus for new judges, says no
JFK: will not overturn R v. W, but claims that GWB wants to....GWB refused to refund "No Child Left Behind" then JFK changed assertion to GWB not giving what he promised for that program
GWB: says that %49 increase in NCLB isn't enough for lib
JFK: Don't measure it by percentage....brings in tax cut
7:03: (JFK): "Back Door" Draft, what's the alternative?
JFK: "Stop Loss" indicates GWB's bad judgment...two AD Divs, wants to double number of special forces...wants Guard/Reserve deployed at home...how he will run foreign policy--America stronger when forming better alliances...GWB broke faith w/US...forces ovrextended...too much money spent
GWB: train Iraqis to do hard work of democracy is best way to take pressure off troops....highlights visits to troops and its effect on troops' morale...no "global test"
JFK: never suggested that US turn over its security to other nations, but POTUS ought to pass a "truth standard"
GWB: reminds that JFK voted against GW1
7:08: (GWB): Why not extension of assault weapons ban?
GWB: Congress didn't want it...best way to lower gun crimes is to crack down on gun criminals
JFK: was a failure of presidential leadership not to extend ban...reminds that he was a prosecutor...most law enforcement wants an assault weapon ban...because of GWB not extending the ban, he's made US less safe...JFK would have fought harder for the ban
7:11: (JFK): Affirmative Action far enough?
JFK: No, and GWB has hindered AA's goals.
[lost some text here]
7:15: (GWB): What part does faith play in your decisions?
GWB: Constant prayer...all religions equal under Constitution...loves fact that people pray for him, feels it...Faith based Initiative...believes that God wants everyone to be free
JFK: Respects GWB's faith...everything is a gift from the Almighty..."we have a lot more loving of our neighbor to do in this country and on this planet"
7:19: (JFK): Bringing the nation together
JFK: compliments GWB for leadership in wake of 9/11, but contrasts it to today...US is at its most divided...JFK will change it...work w/ John McCain to further Camp. Finance Reform
GWB: [Dang, I'm tired] lays out the divisions in the country, stresses that JM supports him
7:23: (GWB) Strong Women
GWB: Listen to them, "stand up straight, don't scowl" (heh)...how he and Laura met
JFK: Married up; me more than others [heh]..."integrity"...GWB is a great father
Closing [thank God]
JFK: "The greatest possibilities...are out there waiting for us to grab on to."
GWB: "We have great faith in the ability of liberty to transform society..."
Whew! I have to take a break, then come back and clean this stuff up. I'll be back with my conclusions later. Preliminary judgment: draw, giving the president a slight edge.