I don’t know if this pre-debate spin is laughable or just pathetic and sad. From The Guardian:
George Bush plans to unleash a withering attack on his Democratic challenger in their debate rematch in Missouri tonight, scourging John Kerry’s record in the Senate to argue that he would be a dangerous leader. With the opinion polls suggesting that Mr Kerry’s triumph in the first presidential debate last week has made it a closer race, President Bush cannot afford to let him win another round.
The Republican strategy presumes that a high-octane attack on Mr Kerry’s fitness for office will deflect attention from Mr Bush’s performance as the incumbent and put the Democrats on the defensive. That will handicap Democratic efforts to put the spotlight on Mr Bush’s conduct of the war in Iraq.