The candidates are in the full fury of their campaigns. This week, both Kerry and Bush addressed the General Conference of the National Guard — spinning out their own version of the nation’s security and economic well-being. At the same time the two are dueling on the airwaves with new ads on health care. Throw in a debate over 30-year-old military memos and questions about the profile of John Edwards and this relentless examination of what’s said, and the dust kicked up by this campaign is thick and dirty.
Ryan Lizza, Senior Editor with the New Republic
Jim O’Shea, Managing Editor of The Chicago Tribune
Carolyn Marvin, Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania