Whatever would we do without their objectivity? http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20041003/ap_on_el_pr/the_understudies no attempt for bias here. Cheney=old and mean/Edwards=bright and young Hey idiots! One is for scarying the masses, Edwards is for helping? FU, don't get it? Edwards will make JFK make things better for you! Idiots! Why do we bother? Oh yeah, we want JFK to win. http://www.indcjournal.com/archives/001042.php Cheney, who served as President Ford's chief of staff at age 34, spent five terms in Congress and served as secretary of defense during the 1991 Gulf War (news - web sites), will be hard to unnerve. He could well face questions about allegations of conflict of interest that arose after Halliburton Co., which he once led, won no-bid contracts in Iraq (news - web sites). Other likely topics include his insistence that Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) had ties to the al-Qaida terrorist network and that a Kerry victory would make the nation more vulnerable to a terrorist attack. Experts say the caricature of Cheney is so extreme that people will be pleasantly surprised if he cracks a few dry witticisms and appears reasonable, as he did in a good-natured debate with Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (news - web sites) in 2000. "People have such a negative view of him, I like to joke that all he has to do is show up without horns," said Paul Light, professor of public service at New York University and author of a book on the vice presidency. Cheney also must gauge how far to take his attacks: He could try to paint Edwards as a money-chasing trial lawyer, or skewer him on his Iraq votes, but he needs to avoid turning off voters by appearing too extreme. Edwards, who has never debated one-on-one, rarely gets defensive. But with a reputation honed in the multicandidate primary debates as the nice guy in the race, he could suffer if he doesn't effectively answer when attacked. The agreed-upon format has the candidates sitting at a table rather than standing. That helps neutralize any physical advantage for Edwards over Cheney, whose history of four heart attacks has prompted occasional questions about whether he should be first in line to occupy the Oval Office.