Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore said that, like Goldilocks testing the three bowls of porridge, he thought the third, and final, live debate with his Republican rival George W. Bush had been "just right."
"It was like the story of Goldilocks; the first one was too hot, the second was too cool, and the third one was just right," the vice president told CBS television following the televised debate in St. Louis, Missouri.
On ABC television, in an interview likewise broadcast early Wednesday, the interviewer noted that the impeachment of President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair had not figured as an issue in any of the three televised debates.
Gore agreed that the lack of questions on the impeachment was "interesting ... You know, I think people have long since told the media that this is about the future."
Bush, in his own post-debate interviews, said that with the televised debates now over, he wanted to concentrate on encouraging a high voter turnout.
"I thought I did fine. But the most important thing is what people think, and we're about to find out in three weeks," he said on CBS' Early Morning show. "You're going to hear me start reminding people that its going to be a close election."
"It's going to be a close one, yes, but I like my chances," he continued. "If you'd have told me that I'd be running against an incumbent basically, and the economy all right ... and that I'd be doing pretty well, with 21 days to go, I'd say, I like my chances."
"But I'm not going to stop. I take nothing for granted. I'm going to work my heart out," he added -- WASHINGTON (AFP)
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