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.