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BV Prof: Will debates decide the presidency?

Friday, October 20, 2000

The debates are over and now America has a little under two weeks to pick the next President of the United States. Texas Governor George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore faced off for their third and final debate this week.

For the next several weeks, election experts and pollsters will continue to discuss the fine points of percentages and strategies in battleground states. For many, though, the debates were the deciding factor in where their vote is going.

"These debates are critical in determining who the next president of the Untied States is going to be," Dr. Joe Patten, Buena Vista University political science professor, said.

Patten said there is solid, base support for each candidate, but he said there is also "variable support" for each candidate - something that most major and national news organizations are looking toward.

"It's clear that a significant percentage of the population is supporting Bush or Gore," Patten said. "It's also clear that there is 'soft' support for Bush or Gore with a significant percentage of the population."

Read the rest of this article in the 10/19 Pilot Tribune.



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