First, let me say I am vehemently anti-Bush, and I have respect for Kerry and Edwards, and feel that they can do a much better job representing and leading our country. That said, I don't think there was a winner in this debate, because half the time neither one was listening to/answering the questions.
I have to admit I turned it off with about 20 minutes left. I couldn't watch it. I was frustrated with both candidates for ignoring the questions again and again. When Edwards not only did not remember that he was not supposed to mention Kerry or Bush, kept referring to "we" even after he realized his mistake, and then didn't even answer the question, which was " Mr. Vice President, picking up on that, you both just sang the praises of the tops of your ticket. Without mentioning them by name at all, explain to us why you are different from your opponent, starting with you, Mr. Vice President."
Then the next Q about flip-flops? Moderator gives Edwards perfect platform to say the "You can be consistently wrong thing" and instead he and Cheney just get into who flops more than who. I have grown so tired of this argument. Anyway, enough now.
Overall, I thought both candidates spoke well. Cheny found different ways of saying the same thing, which Bush's is incapable of doing. Edwards had a lot of info to back up his claims, and managed to be more specific on some things. However, I think his adrenaline was pumping too much so that he couldn't hear the questions, and well, I found myself wondering if Cheney had a pulse, was still with us, even gave a damn. He was a little to calm and cool.