Tomorrow our president will stand strong against his opposition,
fight through the usual Democratic rhetoric and encourage the
American people to become involved in the active debate of this
year’s presidential election. The town hall debate will
resonate well with those undecided members of our community by
means of its very format — independent individuals or soft
supporters encouraging involvement in the candidate’s basic
platforms and principles relating to all pertinent issues. There
will be an equal number of questions asked regarding foreign policy
and homeland security as there will be questions pertaining to
economic and domestic policy.

President Bush will re-emphasize the strong domestic policy
decisions he has made in the past four years and will delineate his
pro-growth economic plan that has been instrumental in reviving our
nation’s economy by almost 5 percent in the past year.
Figures such as the low unemployment rate of 5.4 percent and
creating 1.5 million new jobs -— according to the Bush
campaign website — are not debatable. He will use solid
evidence to justify the economic policy that will be promoted given
a second term in office, such as his six-point plan to reduce costs
to job creators and his emphasis on homeownership. Bush will show
his past successes with domestic policy, such as being effective in
creating health insurance tax credits and prescription drug
benefits under Medicare. Finally, he will outline some goals for
the future, including supplying small business with the same health
care choices as large corporations and — for students —
increasing Pell Grant funding and increasing loan limits. Our
President has set aside five key areas for his platform: creating
jobs, health care reforms, emphasizing ownership, fighting
terrorism and supporting our communities. Clearly, Bush not only
has viable, but successful, domestic and economic policy items to

Meanwhile, Sen. John Kerry will continue to revisit the Iraqi
Liberation and continue to rebuke his record of voting for the use
of force in Iraq and against the funding of our troops. Finally the
voters will once again receive a mixed answer regarding whether or
not the Senator currently supports our troops’ efforts.
Forced to face domestic and economic policy questions, Kerry will
struggle to establish himself as a policy maker. This debate will
mark the first time Kerry will be forced to step out from behind
the smokescreen of the Iraq debate and confront his past voting
record. Furthermore, the Senator will not be able to leave this
debate without finally presenting his flawed domestic and economic
platforms. When Kerry begins discussion on his domestic policy that
includes emulating the failing Canadian health care system, when he
proposes an increase in taxes on those making more than $200,000
— a direct hindrance to small business growth or when his
record of voting to raise taxes 98 times become a part of the
active debate — all as part of his bleak domestic and
economic policy — the voters will see that they do not side
with the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate.

The “anybody but Bush” attitude will not carry Kerry
any further in this election. The voters are conscious that
Kerry’s constant change of positions reflects one thing, and
one thing only — his desire to be elected surpasses academic
dispute. Until this point in the election, Kerry has not had to
formulate, nor has he campaigned on, any clear domestic or economic
policies. The sole focus has been utilizing and channeling the
anger in the electorate over Iraq policy to his benefit. He has
shifted his position to accommodate the electorate. The American
voters are searching for a clear platform, whether they agree with
every aspect of it or not.

Tomorrow’s debate will be a pivotal moment in this
presidential election. Voters will be forced to look past the
campaign image and to analyze the evidence presented by both sides.
The first of a series of three presidential debates proved that
Bush has been consistent with his message throughout his time in
office and throughout his campaign. This debate will continue to
showcase that despite times of political campaigning and conflict,
our president will stand strong with conviction. Bush will counter
rhetoric with evidence and facts, citing what he has accomplished
in the past four years, and set the course for a clear vision of
American prosperity for the next four.

With it being crucial that anyone planning to vote becomes
knowledgeable about each candidate’s actual platform, voting
records and past successes, the College Republicans invite you to
take one step toward this goal by viewing the debate. The College
Republicans will be in the Pond Room of the Union at 9 p.m.
tomorrow. All are encouraged to attend.


Jacobs is an LSA sophomore and chair of College

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