Bush's Debate Performance is Driving Republicans to Kerry

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The final presidential debate convinced Republicans that Kerry should be the next President of United States.

The final presidential debate changed James Scott's mind. After watching Bush's performance Ohio Republican James Scott went to the RepublicansForKerry04.org web site and endorsed John Kerry for President. Scott, who served in the US Air Force during Desert Storm, wrote “I am tired of lies, contradictions … and most importantly, Bush’s total lack of regard for domestic issues.” During last night’s debate, Scott noted, Bush painted a rosy picture of the nation’s economy. But in Ohio, Scott sees the economy only getting worse. “Jobs are leaving the area that I live in faster than people can board up the businesses,” Scott wrote. “Timken, Hoover, and other companies are closing all or part of their operations. Hoover is taking these jobs overseas. But I haven’t seen Bush offer any viable plans for any domestic issues. He has failed his country in nearly every way….”

Dr. Barry Taylor from West Franklin NH, another lifelong Republican, expressed outrage over Bush’s continued insistence that the invasion of Iraq is key to combating terrorists. Taylor believes that, in fact, the war in Iraq has driven up Islamic terrorist recruitment, and has weakened national security. Until recently Taylor was an ABB voter ("Anybody but Bush"), but after the last debate he now endorses Senator Kerry for President. Dr. Taylor feels that Senator Kerry laid out an effective plan for jobs, the minimum wage, Social Security and health-care costs. Taylor told RepublicanForKerry04.org “Kerry was able to explain in simple words his case against the administration. I am very pleased to say that I am a very strong Kerry supporter now.”

Matt Meltzer is a third-year college student at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. The most striking fact for him in the final debate was Bush’s poor advice to people who have lost their jobs: attend community college. For Meltzer, this answer showed how out of touch with reality Bush is. “Mr. President, do you know that Masters and PhD's make up the largest portion of the 5.6% unemployment rate that they have in over twenty years?” Meltzer asked. “If the best jobs that require advanced degrees are going overseas, what kind of job would a community college graduate get? How is he going to support his family and take care of his family’s health insurance while he’s in school?”

Phyllis Wilcox has been a Republican since the 1960s, and is currently a professor at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. She told RepublicansForKerry04.org “Whether it's the war on terrorism, or better education, or protecting the environment, or medical assistance, or Social Security, the Bush administration has shown extreme incompetence, cronyism and favoritism toward their friends, and a thirst for absolute power. One can call their actions mistakes, but I believe that they are attacking the fundamental values that this country is built on. The nation’s future is dependent on this election -- on every vote we cast." The last debate affected Phyllis Wilcox as it did James Scott, Dr. Barry Taylor, Matt Meltzer, and other steadfast Republicans; they are now strong supporters of Kerry. Says Wilcox: “Kerry will be a great President and I want him to be my next President.”

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