First of all – Kerry won the debate big time. What do I say that and how do I objectively know that? Because Kerry’s team is doing hand flips and Bush’s team is crying and making excuses.
So – how is the media spinning the debate?
CNN – Reading this you’d think Bush won:
In a CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey of 615 registered voters who watched the debate, most said Kerry did the better job and almost half said the debate made them think more favorably of Kerry. (Special Report: America Votes, 2004, the debates)
By narrow margins, Bush came out better on believability, likeability and toughness. But there was virtually no change among those polled on which candidate would handle Iraq better or make a better commander-in-chief.
No polling information.
CBS – Experts rate the debate a draw
ABC – Kerry wins but no change
USA Today – Kerry Wins – they get it right!