Kerry: 1 Bush: 0
In the first presidential debate, John Kerry stayed on message and defined himself irrefutably as a leader with a plan, and as a man we can trust.
The president's lack of composure, his difficulty with mastering complex issues and his redundancy were as annoying as his nervous need to gulp water.
Kerry showed he is fast on his feet with extemporaneous thought and speech. Bush showed moderate recitation skills, but showed he cannot muster an original thought without Karl Rove telling him what to say.
A clear win for Kerry.