September 28, 2004

CAN HE AFFORD TO MAKE IT CLEAR HE'S GEORGE McGOVERN WITH HAIR? (via Robert Schwartz):

Bush Probes Kerry's Weakest Issue -- Clarity (Andrew Ferguson, Sept. 28 , 2004, Bloomberg)

It's become plain what the election is really about, the issue that underlies all others: clarity. Which candidate knows how to explain to voters what it is he wants to do?

This unexpected turn in what political hacks call the "issue landscape" is good news for Bush, bad news for Kerry. And it is certain to arise Thursday evening when the two rivals face each other in Florida for the first of three presidential debates.

Having lost his slim but solid summertime lead, Kerry now trails Bush in most polls. The latest CBS News poll contains one set of numbers that illustrates Kerry's clarity problem.

To the question, "Does George W. Bush say what he believes most of the time?" 55 percent said yes. Forty-two percent said he "says what people want to hear."

And Kerry? Only 30 percent said he says what he believes most of the time. A large majority -- 65 percent -- agreed he says only what people want to hear.


The Kerry camp has presumably been working assiduously to get the Senator to pare his answers down to bare bones, but then they run into another problem: he has no new ideas and the old ones he's defending were unpopular when Bill Clinton ran away from them twelve years ago.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 28, 2004 10:41 PM
Comments

"Having lost his slim but solid summertime lead, Kerry now trails ..."
How can one lose a solid lead?

Posted by: jd watson at September 28, 2004 11:13 PM

Weakest issue

Come on, when talking about Kerry's weaknesses you have a target-rich environment.

Posted by: pchuck at September 29, 2004 10:00 AM
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