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A Modestly Helpful Debate

for the Republicans, I think. Cheney did let a lot of charges go unanswered, though: on not screening cargo, on cutting combat pay for soldiers, on amending the Constitution for political reasons, on lying. Cheney made fewer anti-Kerry points, but the ones he made cut deeper. But there were no huge gaffes on either side, and no big openings given to the other side.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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