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These debates are sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. I have agreed to enforce their rules on them. The umbrella topic is foreign policy and homeland security, but the specific subjects were chosen by me, the questions were composed by me, the candidates have not been told what they are nor has anyone else.
For each question there can only be a two-minute response, a second rebuttal and, at my discretion, a discussion extension of one minute. There is also a backup buzzer system if needed. Candidates may not direct a question to each other, there will be two-minute closing statements but no opening statements.
There is an audience here in the hall but they will remain absolutely silent for the next 90 minutes except for now when they join me in welcoming President Bush and Senator Kerry. As determined by a coin toss, the first question goes to you, Senator Kerry.
You have two minutes.
But before I answer further, let me thank you for moderating. I want to thank the University of Miami for hosting us. And I know the president will join me in welcoming all of Florida to this debate. Our hearts go out to you, and we admire your pluck and perseverance.
I can make America safer than President Bush has made us. And I believe President Bush and I both love our country equally, but we just have a different set of convictions about how you make America safe. I believe America is safest and strongest when we are leading the world and when we are leading strong alliances.
I have a better plan for homeland security. I have a better plan to be able to fight the war on terror by strengthening our military, strengthening our intelligence, by going after the financing more authoritatively, by doing what we need to do to rebuild the alliances, by reaching out to the Muslim world, which the president has almost not done, and beginning to isolate the radical Islamic Muslims, not have them isolate the United States of America.
I know I can do a better job in Iraq where I have a plan to have a summit with all of the allies, something this president has not yet achieved, not yet been able to do to bring people to the table. We can do a better job of training the Iraqi forces to defend themselves and I know that we can do a better job of preparing for elections.
And since that day our nation has been on a multipronged strategy to keep our country safer.
Seventy-five percent of known Al Qaeda leaders have been brought to justice. In Iraq we saw a threat and we realized that after Sept. Saddam Hussein now sits in a prison cell. America and the world are safer for it.
We continue to pursue our policy of disrupting those who proliferate weapons of mass destruction. Khan network has been brought to justice. Because I understand free nations will reject terror.
Free nations will answer the hopes and aspirations of their people. Free nations will help us achieve the peace we all want. Do you believe the election of Senator Kerry on Nov. But people know where I stand. People out there listening know what I believe.
This nation of ours has got a solemn duty to defeat this ideology of hate. That will attack unmercifully in Iraq hoping to shake our will. We have a duty to defeat this enemy.
We have a duty to protect our children and grandchildren. The best way to defeat them is to never waver, to be strong, to use every asset at our disposal.John Kerry was yesterday widely declared the winner of the first presidential debate, after an aggressive performance left a scowling President George Bush sometimes groping for words.
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Bush, the Republican nominee, and Senator John Kerry, the Democratic nominee. These debates are sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Sep 30, · And I welcome you to the first of the presidential debates between President George W.
Bush, the Republican nominee, and Senator John Kerry, the Democratic nominee. These debates are sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary October 1, Remarks by President Bush and Senator Kerry in First Presidential Debate.
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