WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives failed on Thursday to muster the two-thirds majority needed to pass a proposed constitutional amendment backed by President Bush to ban gay marriage.
The largely party-line vote in the Republican-led House was 227-186, 49 votes short of what was required for approval.
That's way too close to 2/3's for my comfort level. Good lord.
As for the wrapup on the debate? Oddly, I found USA Today's report to be the most informative with least bias. Plus, they were the first I found to have the data:
Early polls indicated Americans felt Kerry had won the debate. Fifty-three percent of Americans polled in a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup poll said Kerry had won, compared to 37% for Bush. Kerry also was ahead in polls taken by CBS News and ABC News.
But Kerry's performance did not appear to significantly change public opinion on which candidate would better handle the Iraq situation. The same poll indicated 43% of Americans felt Kerry would do a better job handling the situation in Iraq, compared to 54% for Bush. Before the debate, those numbers were 40%-54%.
I like the debates, but they usually aren't what win the election.