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The President was far from perfect, and he missed many opportunties to defend his record, but he was far stronger than he was in the first debate — and that can only help. He also nailed several questions that could help with uncommitted voters, including those on abortion and the environment. Kerry was smooth and articulate — if a bit programmed — and was probably convincing to undecided voters who have not been following the campaign. But Kerry also said many things that contradict prior statements and his record. It’s now up to the Bush campaign to call him on it.



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