In the run up to the American presidential elections we will be asking a panel of voters to share their views on the key issues. Here, we asked them for their opinion on last week's Republican convention.
MEET THE PANEL
Name: Corey Harrison
Lives: Chicago, Illinois
Works: Real estate
In 10 words or less:
"A liberal Jew with a cynical view"
The Republicans used a simple three-step approach that was powerful, manipulative and deceptive.
Step one: Be powerful - concentrate on the most uniting topic.
When all you have to talk about is war, then stay on that topic. The GOP did.
All of the speakers made a strong case in support of Mr Bush's foreign policy. I imagine that this could win votes, just not mine.
Step two: Be manipulative - provide incomplete misinformation and attack Kerry on the same topic from step one.
We heard Kerry was weak on defence because he voted against the F-14 and F-16 fighter jets and others, but they failed to mention that Cheney, when he was secretary of defence, recommended the same action only two years later.
We were told that Kerry said that he would seek UN approval before committing US troops, but no one mentioned that this statement was almost 30 years old or mentioned what Bush was doing 30 years ago.
Step three: Be deceptive - lie about the administration's policies.
The GOP put very moderate Republicans from very liberal states on the podium, individuals who do not represent the conservatism of the Bush administration.
Giuliani even had the nerve to compare Bush to Churchill.
In 2000, Bush campaigned on "compassionate conservatism", a philosophy that he disregarded throughout his presidency.
I believe that the convention will give Bush a significant bounce in the polls. But, if he is re-elected, I fear that our country could go down a slippery slope.
And, if I can use another quote from Bush's speech, then "nothing will hold us back".
Send us your comments on Corey's views using the form below.
Corey's analysis is good, but he leaves out one very important point under the "be manipulative" step: The RNC was in New York! When all is said and done the most appalling thing is that the GOP would go to such an extent to use 9/11 as a tool to drum up support. Drudging up fear using the past tragedy of others should put a bad taste in everyone's mouth. The war on terror begins and ends with Bush, and the people will win it on 2 November.
Michael, Madison, WI, USA
I think Giuliani is right in comparing Bush to Churchill. There are many parallels between Churchill's confrontation with Nazi Germany and President Bush confronting terrorists today. I think history will show Bush to be a strong leader against an enemy he is not afraid of.
Tim, Bethesda, MD, USA
Tim, Bethesda, MD, USA, how dare you compare a British national hero to your president. You have no right. Your comparison of Nazi Germany to the current threat is inaccurate and, frankly, ridiculous.
Matt, Amsterdam, Netherlands (ex-UK)
I think Corey has some of his facts confused. Mr Kerry has re-stated his philosophy of seeking UN permission in this campaign. Secondly, there are quite a few moderate Republicans, even some liberal ones. As for attacking Kerry, that's politics unfortunately.
Robin A Ruiz, New York City, USA
A perfect analysis of the GOP's tactic and agenda.
Zsofia, Washington DC, USA
This is the way Democrats talk. He has to be one of them. They can attack Bush but if anybody says anything about Kerry they don't like it.
Luis, Perth, Australia
Right on, Corey! Luis, this isn't just the way Democrats talk. It's the way thinking Americans who have actually been paying attention to what's been going on in Washington talk. The best thing we can do for the USA (and the world) is to change the guard on 2 November. It's really a no-brainer for anyone with half a brain and an eighth grade education.
Bruce Church, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
It is true that Cheney did call for the reduction and cancellation of some of these systems in 1992. But consider the time. Then it was plainly obvious to everyone that the Cold War was over and the first Bush administration was under considerable public pressure to make significant cuts in defence spending and downsize the US military. Cheney wasn't really opposed to these systems, he was forced to begrudgingly make cuts and reductions in these systems were part of his proposal in 1992. This is a bit different than Kerry's clear opposition to these systems which was mostly between 1984 and 1994.
Eric Austin, Passiac, NJ, USA
In response to Eric: Of course, when it comes to defending a decision by a Republican president, the Republicans will find the most honourable way to explain it. But a Democrat making decisions based on evaluating information? That Democrat would be a flip-flopper. It's incredible how the American public is gulping down one-sided information clearly being used for political advantage by the current administration and how everything that the current administration does is being rationalised and accepted.
Mira, Chicago, Il, USA
I agree with Corey. The Republicans specialise in deception. Time and again convention speakers spoke glowingly about the fact more Americans than ever before are home owners. Yet nobody mentioned that the average percentage of equity we have in our homes is approaching a record breaking low. Let's not discuss that while American worker productivity increased 12% since 2000, the income of workers decreased 3.5% during the same period.
Tim Hopkins, Minneapolis, USA