Taking Florida by Storm

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photoIn a little less than an hour, President George Bush and his Democratic challenger John Kerry will square off in the first presidential debate. The stage is the University of Miami, in the all-important state of Florida, and both sides are expected to come out ready to battle.

The latest polls give Bush a five-point lead over his democratic challenger but the polls also show that a quarter of voters say their votes could be swayed by the debates.

Hear a preview of the first presidential debate between Bush and Kerry.


Karen Tumulty, national political editor for Time magazine, reporting from Coral Gables, Florida

James Fallows, national correspondent at The Atlantic Monthly

Adam Clymer, poltical director for The National Annenberg Election Survey

Caroline Keating, professor of psychology at Colgate University, studies charisma

George Lakoff, professor of linguistics at University of California-Berkeley, author of "Don't think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate--The Essential Guide for Progressives"

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst, senior editor at the Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on September 30, 2004.


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