AP NSL Media Journal Week #6 (1)

AP NSL Media Journal Week #6 (1) - October 10, 2004 News...

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October 10, 2004 News Analysis: Key question after Bush-Kerry debates: Why the mutual dislike? James Bennet NYT ST. LOUIS, Missouri After two debates in which the presidential candidates have clashed over Iraq and North Korea, drug prices and jobs, a central question remains unasked: Why do these two guys dislike each other so much? It is not as if they have nothing in common. Since World War II, no two candidates have had such strikingly similar backgrounds of class and privilege, with so many points of overlap. These two not only attended Yale University two years apart, but were also members of the same secret society there, Skull and Bones. Yet this is the first campaign in recent memory in which the voters cannot be heard saying that there is no real difference between the candidates. The debates have been meaty, impassioned and personal. In the debate here Friday, the signs of mutual contempt were obvious in what the candidates said, how they said it and how they listened. Both men obeyed the forms: President George W. Bush smiled as he greeted Senator John Kerry, who waited for the president to sit before taking his own stool. But over and over, Bush tapped a foot as he listened to Kerry's challenges to his record, and then exploded off his stool when Bush smiled as he greeted Senator John Kerry, who waited for the given the chance to punch back. In making his arguments against Bush,
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