Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Good Opening Round In Presidential Debate.(Editorial Page)


There were no revelations, no knockout punches, no great gaffes. But, the opening debate of the Bush-Gore election contest provided millions of Americans a chance to see the two presidential hopefuls for 90 minutes of verbal sparring.

The nominal victory went to George W. Bush, who exceeded conventional expectations by staying with the more experienced Al Gore without tripping on his tongue or losing his composure.

Gore dominated in the data department as expected. He was more polished and showed that he knew more about most of the issues. Gore did trivialize his performance with his snorts, sighs, head-shaking and eye-rolling while his opponent was speaking. …

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