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VP Debate: Biden vs. Palin

Posted on: October 4, 2008

Vice presidential candidates, Gov. Joe Biden and Sen. Sarah Palin, met and faced-off for the first time in the first and only VP Debate:

During the debate, which was moderated by Gwen Ifill, both candidates mostly criticized their running mates, and not so much one another. Biden accused Sen. John McCain of being “out of touch” on the economic crisis, citing that “two Mondays ago at 9am, McCain stated that the fundamentals of the economy were strong, then that same day at 11am, McCain said that we have an economic crisis”. Palin accused Sen. Barack Obama of being “too partisan to ever cross party lines to accomplish change”.

Both candidates got personal during the debate, in an effort to prove that they are indeed in touch with America and understand that real people are looking for real change. Palin stated that being a mom, and being concerned about one son in Iraq and a special needs child at home, she understands worries about tuition bills and health insurance. Biden, too, knows what it’s like to hurt and struggle stating, “the notion that somehow, because I’m a man, I don’t know what it’s like to raise two kids alone, [that] I don’t know what it’s like to have a child you’re not sure is going to — is going to make it — I understand.’’ During that statement, he seemed to be fighting back tears.

Most people are convinced that Gov. Palin is not the better choice, citing her inexperience and her misconception of what the responsibilities of the VP is. Her lack of knowledge seemed to reign supreme during the debate while she dodged questions about home ownership and even saying the name of the top American general in Afghanistan wrong, taking it back to her comfort zone of energy on many instances. The carefully and overly scripted Palin could not answer certain questions which were not rehearsed or in her notes. She would often use phrases such as “doggone it” and “heck of a lot” to relate to middle-class America. She even asked Sen. Biden “can I call you Joe?”, when they shook hands, and while he said yes, he consistently referred to her as Governor throughout the debate.

At the end of 90 minutes of verbal jousting, most polls showed Biden had scored heavily. A CBS Focus Group poll of uncommitted voters gave Biden a significant edge: 46% say he won compared to 21% for Palin, while 33% said it was a tie. Most believe that this debate will be a significant deciding factor in the upcoming election, perhaps more important than the Presidential debate. You can check out the debate in it’s entirety here:

According to Nielsen Media Research, the debate was the most watched in history with 66.9 million viewers. The Presidential debate between Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain drew in a total of 52.4 viewers.


2 Responses to "VP Debate: Biden vs. Palin"

Thank you. Governor Palin did well for herself.

Senator Biden merely did well for Obama.

But I have not yet heard anyone from any side express any concern about the most dangerous possibility if Governor Palin is elected to national office.

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