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___ Debate Coverage ___

Full Debate Video:
The final presidential debate, held at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.
Complete Debate Transcript


Debate Referee:
The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com examine the accuracy of the claims and charges leveled in the final presidential debate by President Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry.

_____Thursday Discussions_____

Transcript: Post Associate Editor Robert G. Kaiser analyzes the third presidential debate.
Transcript: PBS "Washington Week" host and moderator of the vice presidential debate Gwen Ifill.
Transcript: washingtonpost.com's Chief Political Correspondent Terry M. Neal on the latest election news.

_____Previous Debates_____

Oct. 8 Presidential Debate:
Full Video | Debate Referee

Oct. 5 Vice Presidential Debate:

Full Video | Debate Referee

Sept. 30 Presidential Debate:

Full Video | Highlights | Referee

_____Latest News_____

Full Coverage of Debates
Latest Blogs on the Debate
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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