World take on U.S. presidential debate: First round to Kerry

Sen. John Kerry scored points against President Bush on the Iraq war during their televised debate, but both men avoided the kind of gaffe that could be a turning point in the presidential election, international analysts and media said Friday.
Whatever the early verdicts were, one thing was clear: the debate attracted a lot of viewers overseas. In Europe, many people had to stay up past 4 a.m. to see the whole debate, and it was not even shown in some Asian countries until Friday morning.
In France and Germany, which opposed the Iraq war, Kerry’s promise of a multilateral U.S. foreign policy was welcomed.
World take on U.S. presidential debate: First round to Kerry