October 15, 2004: Candidates Debut Closing Themes (washingtonpost.com)

  • An overriding theme of Kerry’s speech — and his message for the final days of the campaign — was that Bush is disconnected not only from the problems facing Americans but also from reality altogether. “He has spent this entire campaign trying to make us believe the unbelievable,” Kerry said. Moments later, he added: “The president just does not seem to get it. He can spin until he’s dizzy, but, at the end of the day, who does he think the American people are going to believe: George Bush or their own eyes?”
  • “The pundits and the spinners will all have their opinion, but there’s only one opinion that matters, and that’s the opinion of the American people on November the 2nd,” he said. “And I feel great about where we are.”