The Web      Powered by
The Candidates:
• George W. Bush
• John Kerry
• Ralph Nader
• Third Parties
Showdown States:
The Conventions:
• Democratic
• Republican

How do you rate each candidate's debate performance?


Paul Begala
Political strategist
A B A A-

Tucker Carlson
Political analyst
B A B+ B

Carlos Watson
Political analyst
Grades show the average of user scores in each category.

Total: 523925 user votes
B- B- B+ B+

Paul Begala
Edwards Substance: A. From terrorism to Israel to health care, he knew his stuff.

Edwards Delivery: A-. [He was] occasionally rocked by some of Cheney's very tough shots. But he took the worst Cheney had to offer and gave as good as he got.

Cheney Substance: A. You may or may not like where he stands, but he was well-briefed. Except for Halliburton, where he inexplicably didn't have a defense -- but you can't defend the indefensible.

Cheney Delivery: B. The growling, scowling visage wears thin. Looked like if he smiled his face would crack and his head would split in two.

Tucker Carlson
Edwards Content: B plus. Edwards made several serious points about Iraq.

Edwards Delivery: B. He did fine, though he seemed to lose his concentration toward the end.

Cheney Content: B. He has a command of policy, but deflected (to some extent unfairly) real questions about Iraq by attacking Kerry's past positions.

Cheney Delivery: A. He was tough and calm and pretty amusing.

Carlos Watson
The debate was good, broad and interesting. Two talented candidates offered sharply contrasting visions. Edwards was better in the first half, while Cheney got better as the night wore on.

Both men cited statistics and history and offered a bevy of great one-liners. However, some of Cheney's factual claims are already coming under criticism (e.g. dismissing Edward's "90 percent of coalition casualties" claim and saying he never met Edwards until Tuesday night).

International Edition
CNN TV CNN International Headline News Transcripts Advertise With Us About Us
   The Web     
Powered by
© 2005 Cable News Network LP, LLLP.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us.
external link
All external sites will open in a new browser. does not endorse external sites.
 Premium content icon Denotes premium content.
Add RSS headlines.