President George W Bush and Senator John Kerry have held their first televised debate of the 2004 US presidential election campaign. […] Here are key quotes from the two candidates, as they focused on international issues and foreign policy, clashing on Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terror.
I believe I’m going to win, because the American people know I know how to lead. I’ve shown the American people I know how to lead. I understand everybody in this country doesn’t agree with the decisions I’ve made. And I made some tough decisions. But people know where I stand.
I believe in being strong and resolute and determined. And I will hunt down and kill the terrorists, wherever they are. But we also have to be smart. And smart means not diverting your attention from the real war on terror in Afghanistan against Osama bin Laden and taking if off to Iraq.