Wisconsin Voters Weigh In Their Thoughts During Final Presidential Debate

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

Three states, two formats and 32 pages of rules and regulations later, the 2004 Presidential Debates are in the books.

The three events brought millions to their living rooms, and possibly shifted the small sliver of undecided voters.

Voters tuned in to the final debate Wednesday in downtown Beloit.

Opinion of the debate format was mixed; some felt the Bush-Kerry duels did a good job of connecting with undecided voters. Others thought the long rulebook from both campaigns took away the spontaneity between the candidates.

"I think the format of the debates has worked well. I wish that there had been at least one more debate that would have had some questions from the audience because I think a lot of Americans have a lot of questions that haven't been addressed," Kathy Johnson said.

"I wouldn't change the format, I might change some of the content or some of the regulations," Tia Jnohnson said.

The voters also gave their thoughts on Wisconsin’s key role in deciding the election.

President Bush and Sen. Kerry visited the state numerous times this campaign season, trying to tap into the swing state's coveted 10 Electoral Votes.

And with Al Gore taking Wisconsin in 2000 by the equivalent of just one person per voting ward, the Badger State is again expected to be a critical piece of the electoral pie.

"I know last time it was swinging five to seven percent points for push three, four weeks before the election and it went to Gore by 5,000. That's not a lot. It's one seventh of (Beloit's) population, so it could be a big difference," Ari Hurwitz said.

"Ten-percent undecided, so it's not going to be an easy one to call early, it's going to be close all the way through," David Anderson said.


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