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October 13, 2004


Debate Preview

Tonight's final presidential debate "has the potential to be a pivotal factor in" determining the outcome of the election, the Washington Post reports. And the Wall Street Journal notes that "for all the rhetorical fireworks over Iraq," tonight's debate "on economic issues may offer the sharpest substantive differences between the candidates."

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times sets the expectations: "Bush's goal, in short, is to aggregate the choice voters face into a single referendum on government's size and scope, while Kerry wants to separate the debate into sparring over his ideas -- and Bush's record -- on key domestic issues."

While the New York Times has the Bush campaign trying to lower them: "Republicans who had been confident of victory before the debates said they were uneasy as Mr. Bush returns to a format -- 90 minutes of questions from one moderator -- that has seemed to play to the strength of Mr. Kerry."












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