October 6, 2004: Deep divisions characterize VP debate (USATODAY.com)

  • “Mr. Vice President, you are still not being straight with the American people,” Edwards replied. He pointed to recent reports questioning U.S. troop strength in Iraq, and said, “It’s not just me that sees the mess in Iraq…we need a fresh start.” (Related: No. 2s try to inflict damage)
  • In discussing national defense, Edwards discussed Kerry’s debate performance last week. “What John Kerry said - and it’s just as clear as day to anybody who was listening - he said: ‘We will find terrorists where they are and kill them before they ever do harm to the American people, first.’ We will keep this country safe.” (Related: Debate excerpts)