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Candidates meet in only vice presidential debate
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into a verbal tussle when Edwards's critique of
the U.S. war effort caused Cheney to suggest that
Edwards was trying to "demean (soldiers') sacrific-
es" - a statement to which Edwards immediately
Last week's presidential debates were largely
without such interruptions.
The volleying between the candidates also pro-
vided ample opportunity for errors, many stubborn-
While Cheney said Kerry's "no" vote in Feb-
ruary on an $87 billion defense-spending pack-
age denied soldiers in Iraq much-needed body
armor, the armor was a tiny fraction of the cost
of the package - less than 1 percent, according
to the University of Pennsylvania database Fact-
Check.org. Kerry also did not specifically cast
his vote against armor, as the package entailed a
host of other items.
Edwards also implied early in the debate that the
Bush administration had spent $200 billion of tax
revenue on the war. The figure stands nearer to $120
The candidates also locked horns on tax policy.
Edwards affirmed his commitment to tax relief, list-
ing a bevy of tax credits that Kerry would provide as
president. This came despite Edwards's promise to
cut the deficit in half.
But Cheney said Kerry's plan to shift the tax bur-
den to the highest tax bracket would affect many
small businesses that file as individuals and not
under the corporate tax code. He said Bush would
make recent tax cuts permanent.
University students and other local residents
gathered in the co-op Canterbury House last night
to participate in a debate viewing organized by the
University Arts of Citizenship Program, which aims
to enhance community service with art projects.
After the conclusion of the debate, debate view-
ers shied away from endorsing either candidate.
Instead, they criticized both sides and the American
Debate watchers complained the candidates'
responses were too scripted and that they did not
directly respond to each other or the questions
posed by the moderator. They expressed a desire
for true dialogue, reflection and flexibility in
political discourse. But they acknowledged that
the ideal of compromise is difficult to achieve
when candidates must strive to avoid being seen
One feature of the debate was a dizzying array
of statistics thrown out by both candidates. Debate
watchers said the profusion of numbers made the
debate hard to follow. They compared the back-and-
forth to a tennis volley where the objective was to
score points and not directly engage each other in
David Scobie of Arts of Citizenship said the
debate-watching events are aimed at provoking
eventual artistic responses. Arts of Citizenship will
be hosting such forums for the two remaining presi-
Although polls taken around midnight by CNN.
com and MSNBC.com on the candidates' perfor-
mances in the debate showed Edwards with a dra-
matic edge over Cheney, the effect such polls will
have on the election - in fact, the effect the vice
presidential debate will have on the race - remains
up in the air.
Going into tonight's debate, Kerry and Bush
remained in close competition with each other,
with a Newsweek poll giving Kerry a two-point
advantage over Bush in the race, while a Wash-
ington Post poll, taken during roughly the same
time period after the presidential debate, gave
Bush an eight-point lead over responders.
"It's hard, after John Kerry referred
to our allies as a coalition of the
coerced and the bribed, to go out
and persuade people to send troops
and to participate in this process."
"The fact of the matter is a great
many of our small businesses pay
taxes under the personal income
taxes rather than the corporate rate."
"(Republicans) didn't have a plan to
win the peace. They also didn't put
the alliances together to make this
successful. We need a fresh start."
"But to help get us back on the path
to a balanced budget, we also want
to get rid of some of the bureaucratic
spending in Washington."
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patrols by our police officers, and
we arrested at least three individuals
who we believe greatly contributed
to our 2002 statistics," Bess said in
Liquor law arrests and citations on
campus dropped from 485 reports
in 2002 to 465 in 2003. Though DPS
also experienced drops in arson and
aggravated assault reports, there was
an increase in reported forcible sexual
offenses, which rose from 15 reports in
2002 to 17 reports in 2003.
"All nine forcible rapes or assault
with an object involved acquaintance
situations. So that type of thing is hard
to equate to the campus environment,
but it certainly is an unwanted situa-
tion," Brown said.
Brown added that out of the 17
reports of forcible sexual offenses -
which includes rape along with other
types of sexual assault - only five
involved persons who did not have any
prior acquaintance to the victim, and
the offense was classified as unwanted
fondling in all five reports.
She also said DPS works with the
University's Sexual Assault Preven-
tion and Awareness Center in order
to provide help to victims of sexual
"Any time any DPS officer encoun-
ters a sexual assault or even a domes-
tic violence situation, they always
refer them to the appropriate ser-
vice providers - including SAPAC
- even if it's an acquaintance situa-
tion," Brown said.
SAPAC could not be reached for com-
ment yesterday about the statistics.
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registration groups. "The number
of volunteers and hours that have
been put into it this year is an unbe-
lievable amount," said LSA junior
Mike Forster, co-chair of Voice
A commission of the Michigan
Student Assembly, Voice Your Vote
registered students on the Diag, in
the Michigan Union and in the resi-
dence halls until the Oct. 4 registra-
Voice your Vote said yesterday that
its final total of students registered is
10,038 since the semester. The Col-
lege Democrats and College Repub-
licans together have added about an
additional 1,150 more students to the
Forster pinned the increase in
young voter activity on the previous
election. He said since the results
were so close in 2000, this time
around groups are targeting young
voters because they know that they
can make the biggest difference. He
also said the issues in this year's
election, such as the war in Iraq and
the sluggish economy, directly affect
young voters more than the issues in
"Young voters are more commit-
ted" in comparison to the 2000 elec-
tion, Forster said.
He also said he has noticed the
media are paying more attention to
young voters, more young people
are registering and overall youth are
more involved in the election than in
"There has been a trend toward
youth activism," said LSA sopho-
more Allison Jacobs, chair of Col-
Forster said he did not think Presi-
dent Bush and his Democratic chal-
lenger, John Kerry, have been giving
enough attention to the young voters
and issues affecting them.
"They are not acknowledging
young voters, with topics like high-
er education reforms," Forster said.
He added that when issues impor-
tant to young voters come up, the
candidates tend to avoid them and
sneak away from the topic. Middle-
aged voters are the ones targeted,
State Sen. Liz Brater, a Democrat
from Ann Arbor, also said young
voters deserve added attention from
candidates. "They are ... affected the
most by what is going on in Wash-
ington," Brater said.
Brater also said there was a great
deal of enthusiasm on campus for
the election, adding that she noticed
higher levels of political activity.
Ann Arbor resident Terrence
Campagna, who voted in his first
presidential election in 2000, said
voting in this year's decision will
People are more concerned about
taking stances on important issues
this year because they are worried
about the direction in which the
nation is heading, Campagna said.
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Besides the African Muslims who
were brought to America through the
slave trade, Abdullah talked about the
five Muslim migrations to the United
States from the 1800s to the pres-
ent. He also mentioned a theory that
an African Muslim king discovered
America even before Columbus.
Abdullah highlighted the many
achievements that Muslims have
brought to America.
"In this area you probably couldn't
go to a hospital without encountering
at least one Muslim physician, male or
female," Abdullah said.
Law student Hebba Aref said she
enjoyed finding out more about Mus-
lim history, especially, because it is not
taught in the conventional primary or
secondary school systems. "Yeah, it was
good to take a look at our history. It was
left out of the educational system most of
us grew up in. It was good to hear about
it from an outside source," Aref said.