Ohio undecided voters watch debate, still undecided

Many observers believe undecided voters in Ohio could tip the balance in the presidential race, giving President Bush or John Kerry the needed electoral votes to win.

At 9:00, four Ohio undecided sat at a table and watched as the two men who desperately want their votes came out onto the stage.

Before the debate Chris Johnson called it a choice between the lesser of two evils.

Ted Tobler said he leans one way this week, and the other way the next.

Robert McGowan – a Vietnam vet – was still undecided.

And for Rick Blackburn, the choice was not between Kerry and bush, but between bush and a conservative candidate from an alternate party.

After the debate everyone pretty much agreed with Chris Johnson that there was no clear winner.

But all agreed that Kerry had improved his chances to varying degrees. Rick Blackburn said Kerry did well, but not well enough to overtake Bush.

Ted Tobler, the guy who leans a different way each week, came away with a better impression of the democratic senator from Massachusetts.

Robert McGowan who like Kerry was wounded in Vietnam and who like Kerry later protested the war, said Kerry did well, but perhaps not well enough to win his vote.

While the undecideds got better picture of Kerry, they said Mr. Bush scored points with his criticism of Kerry’s inconsistentices. They did not buy into Kerry’s call for multi-lateralism. But the four voters did seem to resonate with Kerry’s argument that Iraq was not central to the war on terror.

At the end of the debate, the four voters were still undecided.

Conservative voter Rick Blackburn was still leaning toward the constitution party candidate, but he did not rule out a vote for the president if it could make a difference in a close race.

Chris Johnson wants to hear more as does Ted Tobler.

The undecideds will get that chance to hear more in the next two debates.

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