Drawing Conclusions About the Presidential Race John Kerry's smile and the Bush-Cheney campaign's fearful rhetoric are among the latest targets for two of America's top political cartoonists. Mike Peters and Mike Luckovich talk with NPR's Renee Montagne about the 2004 presidential campaign.
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Drawing Conclusions About the Presidential Race

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Drawing Conclusions About the Presidential Race

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Controversy over President Bush and Sen. John Kerry's military records has provided plenty of fodder for political cartoonists. Mike Peters, Dayton Daily News hide caption

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Sen. John Kerry is darned if he does, and darned if he doesn't — smile, that is. Take it from two people who should know — political cartoonists Mike Luckovich and Mike Peters. They bring their thoughts, and drawings, to a discussion with NPR's Renee Montagne about the 2004 presidential campaign.

"As much as I try to draw John Kerry looking happy, he looks like Abe Lincoln right before he went to the theater that night — it's kind of sad," says Peters of the Dayton Daily News.

"When he does smile, if he smiles big it looks sort of phoney," says Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I kind of feel for the guy because he's sort of stuck. He's probably got all these advisers saying, 'That smile is too big. It looks fake. Just a little less... He's in advanced smile lessons right now."

The Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists also let their pencils do the talking about unscripted moments by Vice President Dick Cheney and Teresa Heinz Kerry, the Bush-Cheney campaign's fearful rhetoric and Sen. John Edwards' background as a trial lawyer.