The brought out the genial bush for the start of the debate… Kerry stuck to the talking points. I think playing the same tape three times is boring.
I'm not going to try to live blog this, but I can't help noting that it was only 2 minutes and we had our first lie: Bush denied he had ever said he wasn't worried about Osama bin Laden.
President Bush said Tuesday in West Virginia that he is not worried about finding Osama bin Laden as he cannot hide from the U.S. forces forever.
“There are only so many caves he (bin Laden) can hide in,” said Bush in arrival remarks at Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va. The United States, he said, is winning the war on terrorism, even if the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks is still at large.
“He's the one who needs to be worried. But I want to assure you the objective is not bin Laden. We'll get bin Laden. “We want him dead or alive … but we are not too worried about him. … He is the one who needs to be worried,” Bush said.
Update: Kevin Drum has a better quote:
I don’t know where he is. Nor — you know, I just don’t spend that much time on him really, to be honest with you. I….I truly am not that concerned about him.