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Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader rides the subway in Boston with an unidentified person on the way to
the presidential debate. Nader got a ticket from a Northeastern University student but was turned away at the door.
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BOSTON (AP) -- -Green Party presidential candidate
Ralph Nader, shunned by the presidential debate commis-
sion, scored a ticket to last night's debate but was turned
away at the door.
"It's already been decided that whether or not you
have a ticket you are not welcome in the debate," John
Bezeris, a representative of the debate commission,
The commission had excluded all but Democratic and
"I didn't expect they would be so crude and so stupid,"
Nader said after being turned away. "This is the kind of
creeping tyranny that has turned away so many voters
from the electoral process."
Nader, who took the subway to the debate site, had
received the ticket as a gift from Todd Tavares. a 21-vear-
old Northeastern University student who said he got it
fron a roommate.
When he arrived at the site of the debate at the Univer-
sity of Massachusetts-Boston, Bezeris, surrounded by
several police officers, told Nader he could not enter
because he was not an invited guest. 0
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whom they will vote for, the debates
only fortified their opinions. But for
undecided voters, the absence of a
clear winner may force them to choose
the candidate based on the policy
issues they deem the most important,
rather than who won this debate.
"For the truly undecided voter, I
think there's a toss up," Howard said.
She added that it really depends on
what the independent and undecided
voters think are the most important
issues, based on their economic and
But there are still two more debates
that can help sway undecided voters.
"Bush did reasonably well in
accomplishing what he needed to
do," political science Prof. Greg
Gore, who is already known as a
"tenacious" debater, "probably
doesn't benefit from a debate like
this," Markus said. "I didn't see any-
thing that was particularly problemat-
ic" for Bush.
There were two instances in which
each candidate slightly fumbled.
Gore seemed aggressive and inter-
ruptive, which might have worked
slightly against him, political science
Prof. Chris Achen said, but as the
debate progressed Gore improved.
And except for a few fumbles on
foreign policy and education issues,
Markus said, Bush came out poised
as a serious candidate capable of
holding the executive office.
"I think Bush scored points in this
debate," said Ari Melber. an LSA
junior who said he is voting for Gore.
"I think he started out shaky ... but
after the first 15 minutes, Bush was
hanging with every exchange'
But Bush's performance in the
debate was not enough to sway Mel-
ber to the GOP ticket.
"Gore won style-wise, but Bush
won substance-wise," said LSSA
freshman Brad Belsky, a Bush sup-
porter. "Going in, analysts predicted
Gore would easily win. However, I,
felt Bush held his own."
Achen said he liked that the
debate was "almost entirely focused
on the issues." He said voters who
have just begun to pay attention to
the election could watch the debates
and learn about the positions of the
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As Gore continued to attack Bush's spending priorities,
Bush responded, "I'm beginning to think not only did he
invent the Internet, but he invented the calculator. It's
fuzzy math." At another point, Bush chimed in, "That's
just totally false.
-Gore brushed aside the opening question about whether
he thought Bush had the experience to be president, saying
he never questioned the GOP nominee's readiness to serve
in the White House. Instead he took the opportunity to lay
out his agenda and immediately bore down on Bush's agen-
da. "I think this is a very important moment for our coun-
try," Gore said, adding, "Will we use our prosperity to
enrich not just the few but all of our families?"
Bush quickly sought to turn the tables on the vice presi-
dent, repeatedly saying that ie would bring a different tone to
:Washington, work with Democrats and Republicans in Con-
gress and get results that have escaped the administration.
Noting that Gore and President Clinton had campaigned
in 1992 and 1996 promising to deliver prescription drug
benefits to senior citizens, Bush said: "It seems like they
can't get it done. Now they may blame other folks, but it's
time to get somebody in Washington who is going to work
with both Republicans and Democrats to get some positive
things done when it comes to our seniors."
The debate quickly ranged over issues from energy and
environmental policy to the politics of abortion and the future
of the Supreme Court to the future of Yugoslavia. The nomi-
nees also differed over how to rebuild the military and where
and when to deploy U.S. troops abroad, with Bush charging
that military readiness had declined during the Clinton years.
Gore responded that the United States has the
"strongest, best-trained, best-equipped" military "in the
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush
shake hands before their first debate last night in Boston.
history of the world." Bush said the question is whether
that military will remain strong unless big changes are
made. "It's going to require a new commander in chief to
rebuild the military power," he said.
On the abortion issue, Bush and Gore clashed over the
kind of judges each would appoint to the high court, with
Gore warning that Bush appointees would threaten Roe v
Wade and therefore abortion rights. Bush said Gore would
appoint "liberal, activist"judges.
Last night's debate, sponsored by the bipartisan Com-
mission on Presidential Debates, was held on the campus
of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, near the John
F Kennedy Presidential Library. PBS's Jim Lehrer moder-
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