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Voters' views: Neil Sherman
In the run up to the American presidential elections we will be asking a panel of BBC News Online users to share their views. Here, we asked them for their thoughts on the second presidential debate between George W Bush and his Democrat challenger, John Kerry.

Rhonda Buie
Rhonda Buie:
San Diego, California

Nancy O'Leary Pew
Nancy Pew:
Seattle, Washington

Jim Hill
Jim Hill:
Sudbury, Mass.
Jorge Caspary
Jorge Caspary:
Tallahassee, Florida

Gary Webb:
Sacramento, C'fornia

Neil Sherman
Neil Sherman:
Germantown, Tenn.

Neil Sherman

MEET THE PANEL
Neil Sherman
Name: Neil Sherman
Age: 64
Lives: Germantown, Tennessee
Works: Retired naval officer, Presbyterian minister
Current voting intention: Undecided
In 10 words or less:
"Husband, father of six, grandfather of 17, soccer fan"

I remain undecided.

I thought I had made up my mind but after the debate I'm not sure.

I had been leaning to Senator Kerry but now I don't know. My vote may be decided in the voting booth.

We had a very sharp debate last night, two very different candidates.

A lot of what we heard was the same old stump speech rhetoric. Several times Senator Kerry especially would be asked a question but his answer would be on another subject, sort of like a canned answer.

For instance, when asked about jobs he drifted into healthcare. He constantly got back to tax cuts.

President Bush, on the other hand, would answer the question but not really expound on his answer.

He came across as a leader and a person who stands on principle. He seems to have a vision and will remain with that vision and he seems to know where he wants to take the country.

Did this debate change the shape of the race? I don't know.

Normally, I would have voted Republican but I do not support the president's position on why we went into Iraq. This has been the fundamental issue for me.

That question was not answered to my satisfaction in last night's debate.

I have no problem changing presidents during war, we did so in Korea and in Vietnam. The question remains - did President Bush enter the war for the right reasons?

My only question about Senator Kerry is, would he really support our military? His voting record over the years has not.

I need to get over that to vote for him. I think the country could do well under Kerry, otherwise.

I am truly undecided. My tradition of voting says to vote for President Bush and let him finish the job but my heart says to vote for Senator Kerry.


Send us your comments on Neil's views using the form below.

Your comments:

Please, listen to your heart. A majority of the world's citizens (75% to 80%) would like Bush to leave office for fear of other catastrophic wars and terrorist attacks to come. The Iraq war is taking place closer to Europe than to the US. Unfortunately, we cannot vote. It is very frustrating for a non-American to watch passively in this election, knowing that the outcome will have an impact on the entire world.
Agnès Rouby, Houilles, France

Please, please, listen to your heart. As both a father, and a minister, surely you owe it to future generations to stop Bush. And surely Kerry's military record proves that he will support your troops - after all, he is one of them.
Jim, Worcester, UK

As a Christian and a Tennessean, I favour George Bush because the issues of abortion and the sacredness of marriage are of fundamental importance. Christians should not support abortion and same sex "marriage". To vote for Kerry is to support both. It is no secret that Kerry is one of the most liberal senators and that when it comes to practice, he will support both abortion and so called same sex marriage either actively or by doing nothing to bring it to an end.
Adrian Bennett, Cookeville, TN, USA

When Neil says that Bush has a vision, and stands on principal, let me beg to differ. He did not show much vision when he was planning for the aftermath of the war in Iraq - and as for principals, well it seems to me that everything is black or white with him, you are either good or evil, with him or against. That's not principal, nothing in life is that simple, a fact that the president of the free world should at least acknowledge if not understand. So Neil, think long and hard before voting, and I am sure you will make the right choice.
Pat Lynch, Cork, Ireland

Bush has a vision, and he'll stay with that vision whether or not reality runs in the opposite direction.
Stephen McNally, Dublin, Ireland

I certainly agree with Neil, I am a registered Democrat. I voted for President Bush in the last election. He came to West Virginia and promised all the wonderful changes for our country, to date those changes have been very detrimental to our country and our state. As a matter of fact, I can't remember when our country or state has been so unstable. My vote will be for John Kerry. My faith in God is steadfast, but my faith in this administration is gone.
Steve Edens, Charleston, WV, USA

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