The Presidential Debate

Jim Lehrer - Al Gore - Dubya Bush

Jim Lehrer: Welcome to the second presidential debate between Vice President Al Gore and Gov. George W. Bush. The candidates have agreed on these rules:

I will ask a question. The candidate will ignore the question and deliver rehearsed remarks designed to appeal to undecided women voters. The opponent will then have one minute to respond by trying to frighten senior citizens into voting for him. When a speaker's time has expired, will whimper softly while he continues to spew incomprehensible statistics for three more minutes.

Let's start with the vice president. Mr. Gore, can you give us the name of a downtrodden citizen and then tell us his or her story in a way that strains the bounds of common sense?

Lehrer: Gov. Bush, your rebuttal.

Lehrer: Let's turn to foreign affairs. Gov. Bush, if Slobodan Milosevic were to launch a bid to return to power in Yugoslavia, would you be able to pronounce his name?

Lehrer: Mr. Gore, your rebuttal.

Lehrer: Vice President Gore, how would you reform the Social Security system?

Lehrer: Gov. Bush?

Lehrer: It's time for closing statements.

Lehrer: Good night.

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