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washingtonpost.com > Politics > Elections > 2004 Election > Debates
Bush's Cartoon of Kerry Failed to Show Up
The Bush campaign created low expectations for Kerry that the senator easily exceeded in the debates, and the overnight change in perceptions of Kerry has reshaped the presidential race.

Debate Helps to Sway Undecided
For the participants in a Post focus group, the third debate did not offer "Aha!" moments but did ratify trends that began with the first two encounters.

More Debate Coverage
The Debates: Best and Worst (Oct. 14, 2004)

A Deep Divide on Domestic Front: Bush, Kerry Spar Over Economy, Health Care, Gay Marriage in Last Debate (Oct. 14, 2004)

Standing Tall in Their Respective Corners (Oct. 14, 2004)

Attacks Misleading And Out of Context: Debate Highlights Philosophical Split (Oct. 14, 2004)

Mention of Gay Daughter a Cheap Trick, Lynne Cheney Says (Oct. 14, 2004)

Round 3: Bush Grins, Spins but Doesn't Win (Oct. 14, 2004)

Campaigns on Offensive Ahead of Final Debate: Post Daily Tracking Poll: Kerry 49, Bush 48 (Oct. 13, 2004)

On Debate's Eve, Campaigns Hone Message: In Pivotal Colorado, Edwards and Bush Focus Rhetoric on Domestic Policy (Oct. 13, 2004)

Kerry, Bush Step Up Personal Attacks: In New Mexico Battleground, Candidates Try to Set Focus for the Final Debate (Oct. 12, 2004)

Bush, Kerry Return to Trail And Take Different Tacks (Oct. 10, 2004)

Rivals Draw New Material From Second Debate: Kerry Questions Bush's Maturity as President Targets Senator's Past Positions (Oct. 10, 2004)

A Debate on Iraq and the Home Front: Bush and Kerry Clash Sharply Over Economy, Stem Cells, Health Care and the War (Oct. 9, 2004)

Parity in Style, Contrast in Substance (Oct. 9, 2004)

'Soft' Voters to Question Candidates at Second Presidential Debate: Town Hall Session To Give Voice to The Uncommitted (Oct. 8, 2004)

Candidates Use Arms Report to Make Case: Bush, Kerry Gear Up For Tonight's Debate (Oct. 8, 2004)

Bush and Kerry Come Out of Their Corners (Oct. 9, 2004)

Plenty of Flaws Among the Facts: Candidates Made Questionable Claims (Oct. 9, 2004)

Debate Did Little to Solidify Votes of Participants (Oct. 9, 2004)

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