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Bush Has Uphill Battle at Second Presidential Debate

NPR's Don Gonyea reports from Washington University in St. Louis on the lead-up to the highly anticipated second debate between President Bush and his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry. When Bush and Kerry met in the first debate, the pressure was on Kerry, who was losing in the polls. That all changed with his solid performance. On Friday, it's President Bush who has something to prove. NPR's Don Gonyea reports.

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You're most likely to find NPR's Don Gonyea on the road, in some battleground state looking for voters to sit with him at the local lunch spot, the VFW or union hall, at a campaign rally, or at their kitchen tables to tell him what's on their minds. Through countless such conversations over the course of the year, he gets a ground-level view of American elections. Gonyea is NPR's National Political Correspondent, a position he has held since 2010. His reports can be heard on all NPR News programs and at To hear his sound-rich stories is akin to riding in the passenger seat of his rental car, traveling through Iowa or South Carolina or Michigan or wherever, right along with him.