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Text: Rice on ABC's 'This Week'

Sunday, October 3, 2004; 12:25 PM

Following is the full text of ABC's "This Week," hosted by George Stephanopoulos. This week's guests included National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Kerry foreign policy adviser Richard Holbrooke.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning, everyone.

One debate is down, and John Kerry is up, with polls showing him the clear winner last Thursday. At debate number two on Friday, the candidates will take questions from voters who still haven't made up their minds. So we went to Ohio for some clues to what they'll hear.


MALE PARTICIPANT: Bush has done some wonderful things, don't get me wrong.

FEMALE PARTICIPANT: What I want to know from both candidates is, what are you going to do for these people who have no health insurance?


STEPHANOPOULOS: We'll continue the post-debate debate with the candidates' top foreign policy advisers, Condoleezza Rice for President Bush, and Richard Holbrooke for Senator Kerry, and discuss the debate fallout with George Will, Cokie Roberts, Fareed Zakaria, and David Brooks of The New York Times.

And in the List, Kerry-Bush, the cartoons.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Bush's face is more of an ode to simpleness, so it's easy to draw his face in a very simple, single sweep of the hand.


STEPHANOPOULOS: How caricatures capture character.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Kerry's face is much more shopworn. It's a face that's been around the block a lot.


STEPHANOPOULOS: We'll also bring you the latest headlines, and the Sunday funnies stage their own debates.

Stay with us.

ANNOUNCER: From ABC News, This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

Now, reporting from the ABC News studios in Washington, George Stephanopoulos.

STEPHANOPOULOS: In the headlines, two new polls give John Kerry bragging rights after Thursday night's debate. Newsweek shows that 61 percent of voters who watched the debate say Senator Kerry won, to only 19 percent for President Bush. And the debate helped erase President Bush's recent lead. Registered voters now prefer Kerry to Bush 47 to 45, which is within the poll's margin of error. Another poll in The Los Angeles Times also shows a win for Senator Kerry. Fifty-four percent thought Kerry did a better job to 15 percent for President Bush.

But debate viewers did not make any significant shift in their presidential choice, with Kerry moving from a 1- to a 2-point lead.

And with the race so tight, both campaigns are focused on that small group of voters who are still making up their minds. So the day after the debate, I traveled back to Columbus, Ohio, to speak again with some of those undecideds.


FEMALE PARTICIPANT: I'm very concerned about the war. My son is in the Air Force. He's a doctor, will be out next year. But I'm concerned with -- I think it's a quagmire. I can't -- you know, I don't see any good solution to the problem right now.

STEPHANOPOULOS: How many of you now think the war was the right thing to do at the right time and was worth the cost we've paid?

Now, you -- see, you can't decide whether to raise your hand or not.

FEMALE PARTICIPANT: Yes, I still, I don't know. I think maybe we needed to do something, but I don't know whether going to war at the time was the right thing to do. But I don't know the information that Bush had to make that decision. Maybe there's something that he has that, of course, he can't tell us or he shouldn't tell us. And maybe that's the reason why he did it.

But I just -- I don't want the war, I hate all these Americans have been killed and everybody else has been killed.


STEPHANOPOULOS: Which brings us to our headliner, President Bush's national security adviser, Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

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