Kerry's "Cheat Sheet"
According to a New York Post review of the vid: a black pen. Sure, the debate rules read:
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."But it appears to be innocuous.
It was a kick, of sorts, while it rumbled.