First reviews of Bush/Kerry

CNN / GALLUP POLL ON WHO WON DEBATE
Kerry: 53 Bush: 37
CBS POLL ON WHO WON DEBATE:
Kerry: 44 Bush: 26 Tie: 30
ABC POLL ON WHO WON DEBATE:
Kerry: 45 Bush 36: Tie: 17
Fred Barnes on FNC: “Kerry did very well and we will have a Presidential race from here on out.”

A reader forwards the Kerry campaign spin.

Admittedly cherry-picked, but still impressive. Kondracke and Barnes? Whodathunkit?

CNN / GALLUP POLL ON WHO WON DEBATE

Kerry: 53 Bush: 37

CBS POLL ON WHO WON DEBATE:

Kerry: 44 Bush: 26 Tie: 30

ABC POLL ON WHO WON DEBATE:

Kerry: 45 Bush 36: Tie: 17

Mort Kondracke: This is the President’s turf, this is the place that the President is supposed to dominate, terror and the war in Iraq. I don’t think he really dominated tonight. I think Kerry looked like a commander-in-chief.

Kate O’Beirne, National Review Online’s the Corner: “I thought the President was repetitive and reactive.”

Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online’s the Corner: “The Bush campaign miscalculated on having the first night be foreign policy night.”

Bob Schieffer: The President was somewhat defensive in the beginning.

Mark Shields: “The President showed a few times obvious anger”

Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard: I think Kerry did pretty well tonight, he was forceful and articulate.

Bob Schieffer: Kerry got off to a very good start.

Joe Scarborough: It was John Kerry’s best performance ever…As far as the debate score this a very clear win on points for John Kerry.

Andrea Mitchell: This is the toughest we’ve ever seen John Kerry. He attacked the very core of the President’s popularity. He’s basically saying, who do you believe?

Tim Russert: Tonight he seemed to find his voice for the Democratic view of the world.

Fred Barnes on FNC: “Kerry did very well and we will have a Presidential race from here on out.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com