If John Kerry didn’t cheat, what is he removing from his pocket?
(c) No props, notes, charts, diagrams, or other writings or other tangible things may be brought into the debate by either candidate.
(d) Notwithstanding subparagraph 5(c), the candidates may take notes during the debate on the size, color and type of paper each side prefers. Each candidate must submit to the staff of the Commission prior to the debate all such paper and any pens or pencils with which a candidate may wish to take notes during the debate, and the staff or commission will place such paper, pens and pencils on the podium, table or other structure to be used by the candidate in that debate.
Bottom line: John Kerry can’t bring so much as a ball point pen to this debate, yet he clearly removes something white and unfolds it, placing it on the lecturn. The only thing I can think of that would *not* be cheating would be a hankerchief, but Kerry never used a hankerchief in the debate and would be far more likely to leave that in his pocket until he needed it.
The rules, agreed to by both parties, were designed to make the playing field even for both parties. If John Kerry relied on the use of prepared notes to make his point, if would give him an incredible edge.
Watch the video for yourself; after the commercial and within the 1st 30 seconds, what does John Kerry remove from his pocket?
Update: Slow motion replay at The Daily Recycler give it to you in great detail. It looks like he takes a paper from his pocket, unfolds it, and places it on the lecturn.
Update 2: Zoom in, high resolution. Cheater.