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Locals react to presidential debate – part 1

KIM MARQUIS

FRISCO – Eric Hunter watched the presidential debate on television Thursday night from his hotel room at the Hyatt in Breckenridge. Visiting from Pittsburgh and a supporter of President George Bush, Hunter said Friday he was “disappointed” in the president’s performance during the first of three debates between Bush and Sen. John Kerry. “I don’t know what happened,” Hunter said while having lunch at The Boatyard in Frisco. “He didn’t stay on target yesterday. Right from the handshake, he was pulling away and trying to get back to his podium.”Frisco resident Aleda Kresge said she wasn’t concerned about how the candidates performed and was instead looking for specifics on an exit strategy in Iraq. She didn’t get it.”They both skirted the issue,” Kresge said. “We had no exit strategy when we went into that war and Kerry doesn’t have one either. I didn’t hear it from Bush and I didn’t hear it from Kerry.” Kresge was also left high-and-dry on insight into the candidates’ international policies outside of Iraq.”I can’t think that any one of those men said something different,” than she already heard in media reports and television commercials. Frisco resident Brendan Sweney said he thought Bush was “definitely emotional.” He added, “I want to support him – it’s a hard decision to go to war. I think he did a good job sticking up for himself.”Summit Democratic Party chair Sandy Briggs said he was surprised at Bush’s performance. “The President looked very uncomfortable and had difficulty articulating his points,” Briggs said. “I was surprised; supposedly he hasn’t lost in a debate and has been in training for months. I expected him to be smoother in delivery.”Briggs and a group of about 30 made a game of Bush’s rhetoric that Briggs defined as “simplistic; eagerly received by his constituency” while watching the debate on television at Downstairs at Eric’s in Breckenridge. “Every time Bush said, ‘It’s hard work,’ we took a drink of our beverages,” Briggs said. “It was at least 20 times. It was funny. People were kind of shaking their heads.”The chair of the local Republican party could not be reached for comment on this story.The next presidential debates are scheduled for Oct. 8 and Oct. 13.Kim Marquis can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 249, or at kmarquis@summitdaily.com.


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