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October 3, 2008

Palin vs. Biden: What’s your headline?

Posted: 05:52 AM ET

News Correspondent Richard Lui

We want you to write us a headline. How would you describe last night’s vice presidential debate in a few words?

Below are some headlines and the general gist of their articles, from just hours after the VP debate ended.

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Vice Presidential nominees Sen. Biden and Gov. Palin both exceeded expectations in the debate, say polls.

“Biden, Palin Court Middle-Class Voters”: Washington Post
The article describes how both candidates immediately moved to take on the mantel of the hard-hit middle class during tough economic times.

“She can't win this for McCain. But from here on out none of the negatives can be ascribed to her”: National Review
The front page title summary of this piece goes on to say that Palin justified her being chosen as the GOP VP running mate.

“Joe Biden was no match for ‘Joe Six-Pack’" : Wall Street Journal
The article goes on to say that Biden was not there, and Palin was the star of the debate.

“Palin Meets a Test”: New York Times
The author says Palin emerged unscathed and her performance will help voters going either way to stay the course.

Those were just a few examples of some real headlines out there. So, along with giving us your own headline, let us know your thoughts on these headlines. Did Governor Sarah Palin and Senator Joe Biden successfully address the concerns of the middle class? Was Biden outshown? Did Palin meet the test?

Here are some of the headlines Morning Express viewers created that were shown on air today!

And after much ballyhoo, did this debate sway your vote? Also tell us, despite who you will be voting for, who do you think will win?

We’ll be sharing your thoughts on “Morning Express with Robin Meade.”

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J.   October 3rd, 2008 6:08 am ET

"Gosh Darnit" Palin Pulled It Off!

I think she did wonderful. This was the first VP debate that I actually watched from start to finish and its entirely because of her. Her folky attitude and down to earth tones really made the debate worth the watch.


Rhonda   October 3rd, 2008 6:10 am ET

It's said that Palin exceeded expectations... but quite honestly, were they really that high to begin with? With Palin in the VP office, I fear for the future of your country. I have never heard someone speak so much and say so little in all of my life.

Rhonda from Newfoundland, Canada.


Allen Cross   October 3rd, 2008 6:11 am ET

Sarah Palin looked sharp and ready to lead this country out of the abyss!


Jon from Florida   October 3rd, 2008 6:11 am ET

Someone PLEASE share the correct pronunciation of the word nuclear with Gov. Palin. I can't take another four years of hearing "nukuler."


Carol Zaxby   October 3rd, 2008 6:13 am ET

Sarah Palin continuously tried to be "one of us." By the end of the debate I was tired of the "You betcha" and winking in a cutesy "I'm one of you" way. I thought she came off as totally hillbilly when she was trying to be "Main Street". She did a good job of avoiding questions she couldn't answer, and twisting things away from the real subject. In my book, she gets a 2.5. Joe Biden, smooth and confidant and not condescending, earned a 3.8.


Brian, Fostoria, Ohio   October 3rd, 2008 6:15 am ET

Palin mischarecterizes like the best of the McCain campaign -

1) Continuely talking about plain talk to try to brainwash the crowd into believing she's a plain talker, when did she talk to us plainly about any policy that was relative to this election? She was more concerned (like the Republicans seem to be this year) at attacking Obama and Biden.

2) McCain voted against funding for troops when the bill had a timetable, Obama voted against funding when the bill had no time table, back to the congress should not sign open checks to George W Bush concept.

3) Palin and McCain do not point to the constitution when it comes to concepts of issues, Obama and Biden do keep the constitution above their own interpretation of the law.

4) Without Gaffs, this debate actually became about the issues, something Obama/Biden will win on, and McCain/Palin will suffer. Obama / Biden , not McCain Palin, have the advantage of having the issues of our time on their side.

I hope this shows the severity of this election, and how scary this country will be if McCain Palin is elected because people have had mistrust issues with Barack for some unknown reason (darker skin??). Hopefully those people will look into Barack Obama issues and history, and learn he is no congress man for profit like McCain, but a true statesman, a representative of all the positive changes we need to get over the past 25 years.


F. Gottlieb   October 3rd, 2008 6:17 am ET

Gov. Palin obviously prepared to answer a small, specific set of questions. Whenever she could not answer the question asked, she either switched to one of the prepared answers, or spouted unrelated slogans. Expectations for her performance were so low that it was difficult not to do better than expectations. She did not, however, show any deep understanding of the problems of the economy.


Leilani   October 3rd, 2008 6:18 am ET

Biden was so much better. She(Palin) was just saying what she had been told to say. I don't think she can think on her feet like Biden. She is not ready to be President if something should happen to McCain.
Thank you


Eric Cooper   October 3rd, 2008 6:18 am ET

Palin proved to me she doesn't know what she's doing. All she did was to speak in generalities and sound bites. Not only did she avoid specifics but she often avoided the actual the questions. I can't believe that the CNN analysts consider this to be a tie. She pulled the wool over those peoples eyes. Anyone who thinks she did a good job didn't pay too much attention to what was actually said.


kathy   October 3rd, 2008 6:20 am ET

BIDEN WON!!! Who wants to elect a vice president/president possibly who WILL NOT answer the important questions????? She avoided the sensitive issues, so no, she did not stumble!


John Kuperus   October 3rd, 2008 6:20 am ET

I understand that it would not fit into your agenda to force Obama onto the public but: Biden made several important mis-statements. Once the fact checking is done I'm sure you will NOT report it.

Palin clearly won. She did not mis-represent the facts to make her point.


Art Smock   October 3rd, 2008 6:22 am ET

After watching the debates it is completely obvious that Sen. Biden talks alot about nothing. Kind of like a Seinfeld episode – the funny show about nothing, and Gov. Palin's show is about honesty and truth. Thanks! Hi Robin I am so excited to read your book. Come on!


Angela   October 3rd, 2008 6:23 am ET

I can only say this, I told my husband when McCain picked up Palin, " this is his (McCain) ticket". If he wins its totally because of her!
I thought he didn't have a lick of sinse, Until he picked her up.
Yep I was Obama all the way, until she got in the game!!!
I'm sure I'm not the only, ONE that thinks this way either!!!!
Angela. Quapaw OK


David Kloepping   October 3rd, 2008 6:25 am ET

"Palin nothing but a Cheney in a dress"
Palins' folksy demeanor may have swooned the "Joes Sixpacks and the Soccer Moms" but peel away the facade and what do you have? A Cheney in a dress. Both are hunters and both are dangerous to be next in line to "press the button". Sorry "folks" but this is a presidential election and NOT a beauty pageant. If she answered the questions rather than skirting them with her "aw shucks folks" attitude, maybe we could have found out where she, and the GOP stood on the issues. But for me it sounded like 4 mores years of McSame. Biden won by a landslide!!!!


Dave Vann   October 3rd, 2008 6:26 am ET

How could you guys pretend that Biden won? Very disapointing. It reminds me of the time you had a John Edwards supporter pretending to be Republican.


Richie, MD   October 3rd, 2008 6:26 am ET

"Palin Helps Herself Biden Helps Nobody!" Sarah Palin helped reasure america she is ready to step up to the VP seat,however, Biden didn't deliver a very promising or imformative debate like everyone expected.


Cody   October 3rd, 2008 6:27 am ET

A good headline for last nights debate would be" Biden deals in facts Palin deals in fantasy"! I found it quite arrogant and amazing that Palin did not feel the need to follow procedure in the debates. She ignored the principle of debates and decide rather then anwser the questions posed that she would spoute campagin propaganda! I guess if you are ignorant to the facts that is the only tact you can take! I am insulted everytime I here the term joe six-pack! She is as close to Joe six-pack as I am to Bill gates! She talks about the American work force being the greatest in the world and how she supports them! What a joke! If her party truly appreciated the American worker then they would have at least raised the minimum wage in the last decade! I live in san Diego Cali, where the average price of a home is between 500,000 to 600,00 dollars. But yet they seem to think it is ok to pay the average Hard working Laborer $8.00 dollars an hour while all these so called Republicans that honor us make enough money to buy two are three of these. This Joe six-pack can't afford a six-pack anymore thanks to the policies that she so proudly favors the American worker! One last thing I would like to add is her cure for every problem is a tax cut! I am here to tell you that a tax cut don't mean squat to someone who does not get paid enough to even pay taxes! It is quite clear that Palin has no grasp what so ever of the reality of our problems! All That I herd from her last night was pure right wing propaganda! I am sure it took here all week to lear that, because there is no way you can learn all of the facts about the mess we are in in a week! I wonder if Joe-sixpack Palin buts off the rack!!!!!


Stephen Coney   October 3rd, 2008 6:27 am ET

Headline-"Beauty skin deep, politics to the bone"
Palin and Biden both did a great job last night- at slinging muck. Mcbama both voted for the same pork barrel bill this week. I guess their visions of change are not that different and smell a lot like the same greed fueled policy making of the last two Presidents. Biden, Palin, Mcbama no one is winning but, the taxpayers are losing.


P Vice   October 3rd, 2008 6:27 am ET

Palin far surpased Biden in the debate. She spoke to the middle class without all the Washington crap. Where are the heads of the people who critique the debate...you do not represent the average worker in this country... you just do not get it that we are tired of the political bullshit. We need common sense and we need it now. We need McCain and Palin. They understand what it is like to sacrifice for their country and how to stand up and speak out for the right cause. Biden and Obama lack substance and are not above lying about voting records and issues. I just do not trust them at all. We have only one choice..McCain and Palin.


Chris   October 3rd, 2008 6:31 am ET

"The "Maverick's" puppet held her own against Biden's experience, but he still won."


Carmen, Napoleon, Ohio   October 3rd, 2008 6:32 am ET

Palin is lipstick slapped on Dick Cheney – 4 real, this debate just confirms that I will in fact be voting for Obama Biden.


Catherine, KS   October 3rd, 2008 6:32 am ET

After a minute I wrote out the questions since Palin generally wasn't answering the questions. After a few genuine words, "Sound Bite Sarah" reverted to her scripted infomercial.


GML   October 3rd, 2008 6:33 am ET

I would begin with the following headline. "Biden tells lie after lie in his debate with Sarah Palin". It's been documented he told a minimum of 10 untruths........ Someone should call him on this in the main stream media. Maybe folks would see his "win" in a different light.


Michael   October 3rd, 2008 6:33 am ET

Palin Packs a Punch!

I thought both stayed to their talking points and attacked the top candidate for the opposite party. Palin did a better job than Biden in addressing the concerns of the middle class. I think Palin far exceeded the test considering what most news stations were stating about her before the debate. Palin helped solidify my position to vote for McCain. Even with the economic downturn I think McCain will become President.


judith goler   October 3rd, 2008 6:37 am ET

As an ex-teacher I am appalled that the republican vice -presidential candidate does not know how to pronounce the word nuclear correctly. In fact, neither does our present president 'George W. Bush. Joe Biden answered the questions. Sarah Palin had her own agenda and at times clearly bypassed the question and just spewed forth on the topics she chose to talk about. Clearly, Biden had the edge. She is, and never will be ready to assume the role of President of the United States. She can absorb what is crammed into her but as her interview with Katie Couric showed. She is shallow and unprepared for the task that may be at hand.


kip   October 3rd, 2008 6:38 am ET

"Palin won debate with integrity and track record and home town values ..Biden just another slick politician with rhetoric"


Elizabeth Woodall   October 3rd, 2008 6:38 am ET

Palin was captivating! Informed! Sharp! Confidence-inspiring! Different! BId? Same ole, same ole Washington speak: knowledgeable, but boring.


Tawnyia Svajdlenka   October 3rd, 2008 6:38 am ET

"Does Palin Have ADD?"
I don't believe Sarah Palin actually answered any of the direct questions she was asked. She had her own agenda and that is the information she put out. She even stated she wasn't planning on answering the questions as presented.


Frank   October 3rd, 2008 6:38 am ET

Wake up America. Lie after Lie. Just to get into office. So they can steal from us like the rest of them.


Tonda   October 3rd, 2008 6:39 am ET

Palin succeeded in not doing horribly. It is a shame when her party deems her performance a success just because she didn't completely mess up. She also didn't answer many questions directly. She also didn't give accurate facts. Biden was outstanding. He was direct, concise, and thankfully, had a response to every question and disputed much of the "Maverick Jr's" false comments.


Kathleen M Vogt   October 3rd, 2008 6:39 am ET

I actually was quite impressed with Palin. I found her very knowledgable about EVERYTHING than and also a great speaker! All this and a family. I am impressed!


Jamie   October 3rd, 2008 6:40 am ET

Palin was totally scripted. Her eyes did not move off of the camera, and she seemed robotic. She circled around important questions and could not give difinitive answers. The Hockey Mom stance is old now. She clearly stated that she will never support marriage as anything but between a man and a woman. There is a big difference between running a state and running an entire country. She just lacks substance.


Justin   October 3rd, 2008 6:40 am ET

I want to know why Mrs Sarah Palin makes things up. The issues she talks negatively of Obama on, are the same exact things that John Mccain and the Bush admin do. The Republicans are the ones that give bigger tax cuts to the rich, and leave out the middle class. Do they think the American people are stupid?


Eric Darling   October 3rd, 2008 6:41 am ET

"Clueless Palin deflects answers, regurgitates GOP soundbites" SHOULD be your headline this morning. Sarah clearly doesn't have the qualifications to sit as President of this country, and her "folksy" charm comes accross as disengenius at best. If America thinks Palin "won" this debate, we are in serious trouble.


Jason   October 3rd, 2008 6:41 am ET

To "Kathy"
Did you watch the debate of the headlines that someone in the media decided yo show you? If you paraphrase someone, then it can sound like anything you want it to. What she said was "I may not answer the questions the way you want me to". It's better to be silent and thought a fool than to open youe mouth and remove all doubt. Have ALL the facts before spreading the media's view.


Frank   October 3rd, 2008 6:41 am ET

We need Glenn Beck for President. He knows the truth and whats going on. They want to steal from us too.


Nancy McMurtry   October 3rd, 2008 6:42 am ET

"Biden, the true Statesman; Palin, we now know she can read."
No, the debate did not change my vote or opinion. It served to reinforce the urgency I feel in electing Obama/Biden 08!!


Mike   October 3rd, 2008 6:42 am ET

Biden for President, Palin Vice President!! these 2 impressed me more than either Obama or McCain, I think they could win together!!


John B - Woodstock, GA   October 3rd, 2008 6:42 am ET

BIDEN WON. It was pretty obvious from the debate that the "Governator" answered the questions "expected" of her, but did not mention specifics. Biden did, and explained his answers in detail. Yeah he tends to waffle, but at least I (as a middle class tax payer) understood where he was coming from, and where he was going. Palin tended to be very generic in her answers, and that is what I would expect from someone who does "politics as usual", and also someone who has been "coached", very well I might add.


Chris   October 3rd, 2008 6:42 am ET

“The “Maverick’s” puppet held her own against experience, but the Obama/Biden ticket still won this one.”

Palin pulled out a decent punch when she mentioned that Biden and Obama voted against each other on an issue, however she was no match for Biden's attacks on McCain's "the Maverick's" economic and war stances. Also, there was one thing to point out about what Palin said in regards to Obama and Biden's previous votes on the war. She repeatedly tried, as though she was reaching for something that wasn't there, to mention that the two democrats had voted with McCain's war strategy. The key word being strategy, because during that conversation she tried to make it sound as though the vote was for the war. Of course they probably voted on the same strategy!

Overall I think she did much better than expected, but this did not sway me I will still be voting for an Obama/Biden administration!


Wade Johnson   October 3rd, 2008 6:43 am ET

All politicians say what they think the voting public want to hear. Quit listening to the words. The republicans got this country into this extreme mess. This election is a no brainer.


Walt, PA   October 3rd, 2008 6:43 am ET

I cannot believe that the media is so bias for Obama. Are you afraid to talk against an African American? This is sad, what we need in America now is NOT MORE of the same. Palin is the CHANGE we need, I think she did awesome!!!!!!!!!!


Harold   October 3rd, 2008 6:43 am ET

Sarah Palin played the "stupid card" for a week very well. This lowered the expectations. The main "pundit" theory was if she could stand at the podium that was a "win". She appeared to be the stupidest person alive in the Couric interviews. I realized it was a "dog and pony" show when she was asked about disappointing Supreme Court decision. At that point she overplayed the "stupid card". Her not knowing about the Exxon Valdez decision was incredible. Every Alaskan was outraged and she was on TV expressing her disappointment. America you were played, myself included. Talk about taking the focus off McCain and his ineptitude. Good Job, Sarah on that.


carol hibarger   October 3rd, 2008 6:43 am ET

You can not win if you dont answer the questions and just make up your own!!!!!! now i know i will vote for Oboma, she is not what i want to see in the white house. and i am a white 62 year young woman.!


judith goler   October 3rd, 2008 6:44 am ET

clearly Joe Biden was the winner. He answered the questions. She begged the questions, He knows how to pronounce the word nuclear and she doesn;t. Representing the U.S. around the world she needs a lot more coaching. Her answers sound like a cram course for college.


Tom   October 3rd, 2008 6:46 am ET

Palin,beat Biden hands down. Just because Biden spent 30+ years taking up space in washington .Does not give him any extra points...
Like they say WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY...


TJ   October 3rd, 2008 6:46 am ET

Sarah DEFINATELY gets my vote! She has once again shown herself as the "down to Earth" candidate. One for the people. She constantly looked at the American public with her speaking and addressed the issues. Senantor Biden seemed more interested in speaking to the moderator. Senator Biden is the one who offers more of the same "song and dance".


Sally Pa.   October 3rd, 2008 6:47 am ET

Joe Biden showed great restraint in not going after Sarah Palin in fact he gave her cudos first on her standing up to the oil companies in her state. He showed real emotion talking about his sons. Palin just kept saying what her boss said it felt like she was making little mini-speeches . Her winks and folksy talk really did not impress me .I felt that she was acting I would much rather seen an intelligent woman up there without the theatrics. This is not going to impress any foreign leader if they get in the white house. Of course she could bring brownies.


Samantha K.   October 3rd, 2008 6:48 am ET

"Biden Gives Facts, Palin Gives Rhetoric"
As partner to Obama, Biden did well the point out the facts: Obama has clear and precise plans as outlined on his website and in his various speeches, for fixing the economy and the energy crisis. Palin assured us all that McCain wants to do the same, yet as always can not cite a single example of his policies differing from Bush's repeated failures. She spoke a pretty piece, but could not support her arguments while Biden could. That is the bottom line and reflects accurately in the overwhelming majority of pollsters admitting Biden's landslide victory.


Jerry Howell   October 3rd, 2008 6:49 am ET

Gov Palin did everything the Republicans wanted her to do, she showed up, did not look stupid, and was able to answer some of the questions. I guess the low standards the Republicans set for Gov Palin were met. I do not know if those low standards are good enough for me as a national leader. Gov Palin did have a few bunders like not answering some of the questions asked and showing she does not know the Constitution nor the powers of the VP.

On a personal note, Gov Palin looked very nervous and jerky and robotic. She is a very good speaker when she knows the issues. Last night's debate showed Gov Palin as a down to Earth soccer mom who has very limited knowledge and experiance in government.

Sen Biden looked like the veteran of government he is. The Senator was able to answer and rebutal all of the Govenor's atttacks. In fact, attacks and soccer mom talk was about all the Governor spoke about last night.

Jerry Howell
Johnston City, IL


G Johanneson   October 3rd, 2008 6:49 am ET

"Candidate for VP now a non-issue"
Palin did it and did it well. Biden bashed his buddy. Now maybe we can leave the VP candidates alone and concentrate on the issues and the candidates for PRESIDENT!


Theresa   October 3rd, 2008 6:49 am ET

So Palin is not polished political speaker – thank goodness. CNN doing a pole over who was liked more, it is only 3:45 AM here in CA. Be fair and get a total country count. Not one side is perfect, yet if you are who your friends are – Obama is scary.


Charlie Brooks   October 3rd, 2008 6:49 am ET

Biden won. Really.? No kidding? He won? Really? 51% to 36% !?!??! These results are laughable. They reflect the incredible bias and wishful thinking of that 51% CNN viewers. It was pretty clear that Palin got the best of Biden last night, but that 51% of CNN debate viewers folks were unable to see it. The saw instead what they wished to see. It's clear that the CNN viewers poll is not a valid indication of the debate results. It reflects ONLY CNN viewership - and that's pretty biased.


Florence   October 3rd, 2008 6:51 am ET

Barack Obama has no more experience that Sarah Palin so why is
she being attacked about experience and Barack is not. Barack & Joe Biden have slick smooth Washington speeches. We have had enough of slick tongues and promises that go no where after the election.


Andrew Kerr   October 3rd, 2008 6:51 am ET

Bar Set Appallingly Low! Palin Slips Over It.

There is a headline for you. In my opinion, the only reason people have been praising Governor Palin for her performance last night is because expectations were so low. Success simply meant not imploding.
Also, she has received many accolades for being a "Straight talker." If straight talker means being vague and seemingly uninformed about any number of issues, then yes, she was that. If it means speaking like she was three beers deep with "Joe Six Pack" at the local watering hole, then yes she was that as well.
Does that mean I don't like beer and think people in bars are deficient in some way, no. I would like to ask though, since when has running for public office at the national level been about being folksy? Since when has it been about being plain spoken? Do we not want the best and brightest representing us on the national and international stage?
I have all the respect in the world for Governor Palin. She is a dedicated public servant, loving mother and a very driven individual. However, not by those traits alone can she be deemed fit to be second in line to the most powerful office in the world.


barbara   October 3rd, 2008 6:52 am ET

i watched the debate last night, and too me sarah palin gave
around the world answers , she didn't really answer the questions.
and you can tell how coached she was.


Richard, MI   October 3rd, 2008 6:53 am ET

This was the first VP debate I've every watched and I really liked Palin's down to earth presentation. Look at her track record, Mayor, Governer and now running for VP? Biden never has had to do anything but TALK. Enough talk and time to let someone that has been a leader get the job done.


Andrea   October 3rd, 2008 6:54 am ET

BIDEN Won! I do not know what people were looking at, when they said Palin held her own, when all she did was recite what was in the McCain commercials. She had no factual information and never addressed McCain's voting record that has had a negative impact against the middle class and has taken down our economy. Biden addressed her comments against Obama's record, but Palin never addressed McCain record of voting against the same war bill that Obama did for funding the war. Wake up people, you keep talking about her personality; we need experience and Biden showed it clearly that he had what it takes to be a VP & would be able to step in as President. The media set the bar so low for Palin and higher for Biden, so all she had to do was answer one question and the media would have said she did well.


Tamara   October 3rd, 2008 6:54 am ET

I believe Sarah Palin did pull it off. She talked to the American people. I believe Sen Biden sounded programed and I believe the American people need to be spoken directly to in our tough economical times. We need to feel stable and secure with Wall Street in such as credit crisis.
Tamara
http://www.bartlettfinancial.net


Elaine   October 3rd, 2008 6:55 am ET

Biden again cited debate "facts" that were later shown to be incorrect. Biden is still having difficulty separating truth from fiction - as he has done so many times lately. It comes down to Obama, who lacks the experience to be president and Biden who has difficulty with reality. Palin's outstanding record in Alaska speaks for itself. She is someone who lives in the real world. I believe she will work for her people - Americans, just like she has been doing in Alaska.


david pummill   October 3rd, 2008 6:55 am ET

Palin held well against an old war horse! She understands who she works for! The american tax payer!


Kevin, MD   October 3rd, 2008 6:55 am ET

Last night was bad enough with the word Maverick being used 700,000,000,000 times and "NUKULAR" like she went to the George W, Bush School for the Criminally Insane. I wanted to go over and rip her out of the TV and gag her. That voice can break a full beer glass. She is so dumb and talks in circles that I was so confused. But, I watched every minute.

She said nothing but Maverick and Nukular.


Iris   October 3rd, 2008 6:56 am ET

Palin has lived another day... BUT ....look at the substance...or should we say lack of it on her part....!! America don't be fooled by a smile and a pretty face..!! Palin-Mccain is definitely more of the same Bush policies.
It is a shame the moderator as unable or unwilling to push her for clarification on numerous points which she just sidelined and left unanswered


Paul Townshend   October 3rd, 2008 6:56 am ET

Sarah Palin nailed it! One of the largest concerns I have heard about her is "will she be able to lead this counrty in the event John McCain
would not be able to complete his term as President"?
I feel that she put any doubts to rest about that last night. I have been a John McCain supporter since day one. In my opinion Sarah Palin did a better job of debating Joe Biden that John McCain did against Obama in the Presidential debate. If the McCain-Palin administration can make good on the key issues they have proposed to pusue, Sarah Palin could be a shoe in for the 2012 Presidential seat.
Nice job Govenor Palin!


ester palomo   October 3rd, 2008 6:57 am ET

I changed the channel (s) after an hour of listening to them point fingers at each other or the presidential candidate. I did approve of Palin's comment on putting the blame on the people and not just the President and Wall Street. Who buys a house with no money down and then complain when their payments go up? Why should the government bail out every problem we seem to encounter? We are in for some dark times and everyone needs to stop spending money they do not have. Including the government.


Jeff ADams   October 3rd, 2008 6:57 am ET

Everyone is stating that Palin is connecting with the American public because of her comments and nicknames she has with the American public. I take offense with the comment of "Joe 6-pack". I look at this type of individual that comes home from work and plops down in front of the TV with a 6-pack of beer and does nothing but complain. I manage District of Postal facilities in mid-Ohio and have many "Joe 6-packs" working for me. They spend most of their time on the clock complaining and asking for union representation to get free money they feel they are entitled to. They don't want to work and complain when I have to sub-contract their work to outside sources. "Entitlement" that is the problem with the American work force, I'm voting for Obama!!!! I don't want another eights years of McBush as our leadership.


Lindsay, Rochester, MN   October 3rd, 2008 6:57 am ET

I felt that both candidates held their composure very well. However, as the wife of an Army Officer who is being deployed next February, the war in Iraq was a huge issue that I wanted to see where the candidates stood. For me, I prefer Obama's and Biden's exit strategy. The way Sarah Palin made it sound, she and McCain would stay in Iraq until we have a theoretical "win." I think it is time to start shifting the responsibility to the Iraqi people and even the Iraqi president wants us to get out. I know that they think there is too much violence in Iraq to leave but in what country is there not any violence?! Iraq will not be perfect no matter when we leave so why not sooner than later?


char41m@comcast.net   October 3rd, 2008 6:58 am ET

Is Sarah Palin running for office in Alaska? Her constant reference to what she did for Alaska was self-serving. Sarah Palin stated that Biden kept making refences to the past, while she very obviously kept referencing her past in Alaska. I was not impressed by her. John McCain should be embarrassed.


Carey Clarkson   October 3rd, 2008 7:03 am ET

I must agree that I was anxious to hear Palin answer some of the questions put to her specifically by Biden. She did skirt them quite a bit leaving the audience wanting. Her "Say it ain't so Joe" comment caught me off guard as well as her shout out to the kindergarden class. That was very innapropriate. That was not the time nor the place to recognize her family members by name and occupation in the middle of a time period when we wanted her to answer the question at hand. To me it was a ploy to exhaust time so that she wouldn't have to answer. Regardless of that, I have to keep in mind that these two individuals are just human. No candidate is without fault and no candidate was or ever will be omiscient. But McCain's past record does not leave me with a taste of confidence that he would be more in tuned with the middle class than would Obama. Palin does herself seem to care about the middle class and I think she wants to leave us with the impression that McCain shares her sentiment but that is just not the case. I get the impression of Palin running around trying to quickly fix all of McCain's PR hiccups but she is not his PR rep, she is his VP pick. Regardless of which sentiments I feel that Palin is genuine about, it still comes down to the fact that McCain (If chosen) would be President and he just seems way too interested in Big Business and the already Wealthy Wall Streeters and that just scares the Hell out of me!


matt meiers   October 3rd, 2008 7:05 am ET

McCain is sickly. He's had repeated bouts with cancer. Do we really want an experienced, religiously driven, idiot, redneck to be our next president. At least, Biden, would make for a good commander in chief. Maybe, better than OBama


Gary, Mo.   October 3rd, 2008 7:06 am ET

Sarah's common sense approach connects to the regular person in America, which is the same approach George Bush used to get elected for two terms. Wake up America!!!


Teresa   October 3rd, 2008 7:07 am ET

I did not watch the debate last night, but I have been listening to the replays this morning. I just have an observation:
Tina Fey impersonates Sarah Palin OR is Sarah Palin impersonating Tina Fey?


Teena Lairy   October 3rd, 2008 7:08 am ET

Biden actually answered the questions and answered them well and to the point. Palin not only did not answer specific questions she kept going back to questions that had already been discussed. How many times was she going to talk about Energy and Taxes? You definetly could tell what topics she had been prepped on!!


bonnie   October 3rd, 2008 7:08 am ET

Sara Palin won the debate hands down. Biden was
a strong opponent, but American saw a dedicated,
fresh and honest politician last night. One
we can trust with our future.


Jamaicanboi   October 3rd, 2008 7:08 am ET

when it come to that palin woman, saying that the obama team doesn't know who to "End The War" first of all the war just needs to end, it doesn't matter if we win or no because we already lost just because we went it to this war for the wrong reason in the first place, can someone show me the weapon of mast destruction?. And i would like to know what does Mr. bush's family thinks of how their son ran the whole country in to the ground seeing how he had a surplus of money from clinton


sam stein   October 3rd, 2008 7:09 am ET

why can't the candidates just answer the questions directly? All I hear is a beltway around the questions. Lets try an expressway to the answer!!


buscokarl   October 3rd, 2008 7:10 am ET

Biden "might" have edged Palin HOWEVER, I have been watching how fast Palin has gotten up to speed with the campaign. From her 1st interviews where she was highly scrutinized and struggled to last nights impressive debate, I think over all my expectations for Palins performance was a great deal better then Bidens. Biden did what I expected while Palin pver exceeded my expectations.


Justin   October 3rd, 2008 7:10 am ET

Truth is one is these two candidates will be out next V.P. I’m trying to find strong points in both in lieu of this fact…but I could not help but notice that Governor Palin would never refer to Barack Obama as Senator Obama. It was simply “Barack”. I see this as a sign of total disrespect. However everyone else that she spoke of received their proper political title.


Teena Lairy   October 3rd, 2008 7:10 am ET

How can Palin help lead the country? Like she said "she has only been at this for 5 weeks."


Ron - Atlanta   October 3rd, 2008 7:10 am ET

Sarah Palin may have redeemed herself by answering questions better than in past interviews, however, a soccer mom is not what we need as a VP a heartbeat away from the Presidency. She simply does not have the right experience and substance and it shows. Joe Biden was down to earth, human and has the experience that is needed. Call him a Washington insider with years of experience, but with one house, a family and concerns that relate to the real average American and main street, not the wealthy opponent who claims to be and know what the average person is experiencing in America today!


Carol   October 3rd, 2008 7:10 am ET

She did it .Enough politcians in Washington. We now have the choice of a real person, who can actually relate,and represent the people. Go Sarah..Go Sarah ...Go Sarah.


Chris   October 3rd, 2008 7:10 am ET

"Team of Mavericks + Joe Six-Pack = More of the Same"


fred   October 3rd, 2008 7:11 am ET

McCain – Palin "Thanks But No Thanks".


Kris Sonny   October 3rd, 2008 7:12 am ET

Bindin was wonderful on last night. He was an example of what a vice president should be. He answered the questions with facts. Palin was a news broadcaster last night, not that anything is wrong with that, she really didn't answer the questions. She was humorous but I don't need humor to run the country. We need someone who will stand for what is right.


LH   October 3rd, 2008 7:13 am ET

I was unsure where my vote was going to before this debate. I'm very disappointed with what the people have been concentrating on, Sarah Palin's redemption performance. What about the real hard issues, security, safety, and the economy? Did they not see how she avoided addressing this issues. Biden was focused and direct with answers. I know who I'm voting for.


M   October 3rd, 2008 7:14 am ET

"Biden records a knockout in the first round"

Palin had to ham it up showing that she lacks substance. Great image to portray. Someone else in our govt. that is a con artist. I'm just surprised the republicans didn't change the constitution so that "the governator" could run on McCains ticket. Maybe Bush needs to appoint one more supreme court justice that doesn't regard the constitution as any more than a suggestion.


Mike Hudon   October 3rd, 2008 7:14 am ET

Senator Biden is a "Tuesday Morning Quaterback and a Backseat Driver", always telling what he would have done. As a senator what has he done!


Elizabeth   October 3rd, 2008 7:14 am ET

Biden and Palin gave a new meaning to Romper Room Debates.
But then again it just goes to show you that Obama and Biden are ready to run this country and make the changes we so much need in this country.

KENTUCKY LOVES YA ROBIN!


James Pair   October 3rd, 2008 7:15 am ET

I'd like to see a less subjective report card of the candidates. Discuss who best addressed the moderators questions versus who was more likely to skirt the issues and go to their party's talking points. This speaks to focus as well as readiness to debate. I'd also like to know who quoted the more reliable statistics and who was most liberal with their interpretations of the facts. This is an indicator of honesty.

My headline: VP Candidates Do Little To Sway Undecideds.


Anna   October 3rd, 2008 7:15 am ET

Palin Fails...Again

Palin needs to go back to Alaska and talk her nonsense talk to the Bears. She can't answer questions correctly because she knows nothing about the issues....Maybe the bears can understand her


Wendy Fitzwater   October 3rd, 2008 7:15 am ET

I'd vote for Cheney in a dress! Folks, without srong national security there is no country to brag about. Obama's got it wrong and the only 'changes' he has in mind will undermine everyone's SECURITY and only leave us more vulnerable.


Joan   October 3rd, 2008 7:15 am ET

"Palin: Forget the question, I'll talk energy instead"


HotWheelz   October 3rd, 2008 7:16 am ET

My headline... "Palin in comparison!"

I'm addicted to your show!


Dan Randall   October 3rd, 2008 7:16 am ET

OK..., take a small board and bang it on your collective heads Congress. Let's wake up your brains. Banks make money by lending money, if they keep the credit shut off, they go out of business. Their product is lending money period – it is the core of their exisitance. What we are seeing here is Wall Street trying to blackmail the American Taxpayer by saying "if you don't bail us out from all our misdeeds, we will stop lending".
Shockingly, our leaders are saying OK. What we should be saying is "OK, stop lending and let's see how long you last". No revenue, no company! get it guys?
There is plenty of money in the system and there are many healthy banks out there that will take up the slack.
If you don't get this, pick up the board and take another swing at your head – you missed the first time.


M   October 3rd, 2008 7:17 am ET

Biden takes high ground

Even though Biden bashed McCain and even Palin in the debates tonight, he restrained himself from emphasizing the importance of this debate due to McCains suspect health. I give him cudos, but really wonder why it hasn't been a discussed issue in any media outlets. It's the cat no one wants to let out of the bag...


Ron   October 3rd, 2008 7:18 am ET

Palin won. Biden was owned so many time it was pitifull. For the people that said Biden won, did you even watch?


DEbra S   October 3rd, 2008 7:18 am ET

Palin may not be as seasoned as Biden, But... she did pretty well for a first timer where as Biden gave us the same old bureaucratic garbage that we have come to expect and get from the idiots in Washington. How about some one item proposals to get the job done. I mean what does rubber tipped arrows have to do with the economic crisis we are in now?? Washington get real. I own a small business in a tourist area, are they going to bail me out? I don't think so just charge me more taxes I can't pay.


Iris   October 3rd, 2008 7:19 am ET

Palin has finally (after much coaching!)managed to string a few coherent sentences together and suddenly she is ready to rule the world.....!!???? It is amazing how gullible male voters can be when they are being played by a pretty but 'empty DRESS'

perhaps if Couric had been the moderator, we would have got some actual answers to some of the 'important 'questions that palin consistently failed to answer. Biden was accurate, genuine and honest about what EXACTLY his ticket could do for the country. Enough....!!! with the GOP spin. Obama/Biden are clearly a superior ticket and will move the country in the right direction.


J. Sorensen   October 3rd, 2008 7:20 am ET

Senator Joe Biden's detailed answers demonstrated his experience and knowledge of the US government: from the framework of our government (legislative vs. executive powers) to foreign policy (Iraq vs. Afghanistan), our economy (sub-prime mortgages, bankruptcy laws) to the Constitution (gay rights). Gov. Palin's responses (I am reluctant to call them answers) were Miss America vague. Her use of slang was unprofessional at best and patronizing at worst - just how many times did she cut off the "g" in "-ing" words: comin', gonna, hurtin', etc.? Her statements sounded less vice-presidential and more country song.

Biden's delivery was down-to-earth, a characteristic Gov. Palin tried too hard to achieve. Her winking references to Joe Six-pack, "Say It Ain't So," and, of course, hockey moms, seemed over-rehearsed and forced. Stage make-up and "college cramming" (as Palin's sister said) could not mask Gov. Palin's inexperience.


mary, fl   October 3rd, 2008 7:20 am ET

Sarah Palin, gets her point across with dignanty. She has stood up to the challenge, and last night she showed the she just isn't a pretty face she has brains. I think she was put on the spot and came through with flying colors. Robin she reminds me of you, she can really get things across with style.


Anne Reynolds   October 3rd, 2008 7:20 am ET

Palin is a winner! She is what we need in Washington. She's fresh, not a Washington insider, and America comes first. She's right!' John McCain is the only canidate who has fought for our country. He is the only one who has reached across the aisle. From where I sit, the vetting for Obama is by the media which has closed its eyes to Obama's past record. It's scary! We need a reality check here. Being an eloquent speaker with a prompter in front of him may make him an idol to his fans, but it is not substance that can lead a country in these times.


Mike W   October 3rd, 2008 7:20 am ET

"Gov. Palin: Just answer the gosh darn questions!!"

I find it hard to believe that the analysts that gave Palin high marks were actually listening to her answers to the questions. She didn't directly answer most of the questions. Maybe they should have listened to the debate without watching and maybe the scores would have been more reflective of the actual debate.

Mike
Mississauga, Canada


Spencer   October 3rd, 2008 7:20 am ET

Palin sounded fake in her responses to Biden. She played that role "down to earth" to the T. She also is good at not answering the qestions being asked and tap dancing. No one care's about a charector "the maveric". Its about the ability to lead a nation and the power of moving the nation foreward


Blake Walker   October 3rd, 2008 7:22 am ET

With over twenty years of experience I expected more out of Joe Biden. With that in mind I think Sara blow his doors off. I can't believe Joe is not retired yet, I guess he hasn't stold enough money.


R.J.D.   October 3rd, 2008 7:22 am ET

Palins "folksey" speech was condescending to the American people. She lacks the experience and credibility to properly lead a state, though she stated she could guide the country, if required.
McCain/Palin work for the same company as Bush/Chaney and the future would be more of the last eight years. Biden's words could not be more true, "this is the most important election since 1932." America the world is watching.

R.J.D.


Alecia A Williams   October 3rd, 2008 7:23 am ET

PALIN IS SCARY!!! You can't stumble when you read from a script. McCain should be ashamed of himself.


LeRoy   October 3rd, 2008 7:24 am ET

Gov. Palin did well enough for a small town mayor's postion. even a small state But she left one to many questons unanswered to be considered ready for the postion of president of the United States. If tBarack in any debate would not answer any question asked, what would people think. If he next president in waiting will not answer questions asked that America should want to know, how can we determine if they are ready to lead the country. It was enteraining to watch Gov. Palin but I can be entertained watching a movie.. I not voting for president ith the best looks. Would you hire a person for job if in the interview they did not answer several question's asked by the person who's doing the hiring,


leonard   October 3rd, 2008 7:27 am ET

I have allways wanted to have someone in the whitehouse who is not part of the supper rich and sara palin appears to be closer to the middleclass than obama and biden seem like a mobster and his lawyer


Delana   October 3rd, 2008 7:27 am ET

Palin's responses seemed practiced and if this is how the Republicans helped her then she should be schooled before every public speaking. Having said that she remains UNQUALIFIED to be close to running the greatest country in the world.


Laura, TX   October 3rd, 2008 7:28 am ET

I am independent. Although, TX per the electoral college will go republican, even if I voted for Obama. Do I want Obama? No. Do I want McCain? No. It comes down to the lesser of two evils. Frankly, I think most of the government should be thrown out. Both parties are just as guilty for the current state of affairs. But I digress..... For the debate, I felt that Palin won. She connected with the voter and she was herself. She gave the answers within the context of her knowledge and experience. She did go back to the Energy issue/policy a little too much, where she should have talked about something else. Sure, the pundits are saying that she didn't give the breadth of the answers as compared to Biden. Biden has been in the Senate for 35 years. I wouldn't expect it to be the same. Your comparing apples to oranges. They both accomplished the job they were supposed to do and that was to shore up candidates for President. The only other thing that I will say about the debate is that is was more welcoming to have a discussion. I hope that the 2nd Presidential debate will take some cues both from Biden and Palin.


Andrea   October 3rd, 2008 7:30 am ET

BIDEN WON! Of course Palin’s debate performance beat the media’s expectations; the media set the bar so low for her and higher for Biden, so all she had to do was answer one question and the media would say, “she did well” or “she held her own.” I do not know what people watched last night, but all Palin did was recite what was in the McCain commercials – compare! She danced around the questions, she provided no factual information regarding any of the issues. When Palin attacked Obama’s record, Biden addressed her attacks. Palin NEVER addressed McCain’s record, in reference to his voting against the same war bill as Obama or his voting record for bills that has had a negative impact against our economy and has greatly eliminated the middle class. Palin never addressed the fact that the Bush Administration is doing exactly what Obama suggested be done with Pakistan. We need to stick with the issues, but the media keeps talking about her personality & connection to the people (I guess that was the wink and the shout-out). Biden has the same connections, but I guess because he is a male, personality has no marks with him. Personality does not last long in politics – we need to concentrate on the real concern - and that is experience.


Lisa   October 3rd, 2008 7:31 am ET

I would like to thank the one-sided media....Due to the coverage on every news channel; cable or evening news I have made a choice to switch political parties. I am now a PROUD REPUBLICAN!!!!!
I have heard and seen how our media can only find fault in the Republican Party. I am so tired of the one-sided point of views.
Just feed the facts on BOTH parties and let AMERICA choose.


Alaskan Assassin.   October 3rd, 2008 7:32 am ET

I'm from AK and the only reason why we like her, is because I guess she got us our money. Other then that she doesn't belong in the white house. She is a puppet that is controlled by the Republican Party.


Cj Schreiber   October 3rd, 2008 7:33 am ET

HEADLINE: Palin.....The Great Evader
Biden....The Great Debater

Palin was very rehearsed and would only speak to a few rehearsed topics. Evaded questions and seemed very artificial. Biden was able to answer with authority and knowledge without looking at notes.


Sarah   October 3rd, 2008 7:33 am ET

I am an Independent and I want to give a shout out to Senator Joe Biden for doing a wonderful job!
And Palin must be a "sis'ta" for providing a "shout-out" to 3rd graders and extra credit.


Robert Young   October 3rd, 2008 7:34 am ET

Debate: We had Substance – Biden over style – Palin. Palin spent a lot of time looking at notes. At 3AM in the morning whom would you trust. Palin did better than perhaps expected. However, she did not meet the bar when it comes to instilling convidence that she could lead this country as commander in chief. In my opinion she is not qualified.


Candace   October 3rd, 2008 7:35 am ET

"Dogg-on-it! Those questions weren't on the study guide!"
- Sarah Palin


Pam West   October 3rd, 2008 7:35 am ET

Great job Sarah Palin!!!
Joe Biden-middle class-don;t think so. You may have been there-but your head is in the clouds and as far as you r running mate-his head will only get bigger if he wins. You messed up on over five of you comments. Obama is a very smooth talker and has a line......................................a big one. Wake up America and choose the
team who will protect you and your country.
McCain/Palin for You & America.


Kayla   October 3rd, 2008 7:35 am ET

Dear Lord, we are in trouble!


Terrence   October 3rd, 2008 7:35 am ET

I felt after watching the debate last night that Palin did better than what people thought she would do. However, she failed to answere direct questions that pertained to the issues. I would like to know if she is capable of that. I don't believe she is. She avoided the questions, gave her "yokal" comments,got a few laughs, but as a voter she did not impress me as far as dealing with the issues. She spewd facts that were not true and had no basis for her information . This is what the whole McFailin' campaign is about. She has made me hate the word Maverick and I really hate how they have stollen Baracks' plan of change. One thing she got right last night; A change is coming in the form of Obama-Biden!!!! Back to Alaska with the rest of the "Joe Six-packs!!!!!!


Rick   October 3rd, 2008 7:36 am ET

Two thoughts on the debate:
1st, why did Pallin say Obama still doesn't understand that the strategy on the war is working when the news channels say things are fragile in Iraq
2nd, Why do they all keep saying same "sex marriages" I am Gay and have been with my partner 28 years, We do not ask for the term MARRIAGE we are asking for a LEGAL UNION, we have been together longer than most straight couples but don't have the right to file taxes jointly, can't get couple benefits through jobs for insurance or benefits through our government, and God forbid we be sick have to fight for the other to be treated as a spouse at a hospital. What's fair about all of this. The governments want are money individually but if we are need of any government assistance demands to count our incomes as a couple, what's with that, we are not asking to redefine the general meaning of marriage WE WANT A LEGAL UNION, besides Merriam Webster's 2nd definition of a marriage is:
Pronunciation: 'mer-ij, 'ma-rij
Etymology: Middle English marriage, from Anglo-French, from marier to marry
1 a (1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage


Betty Spears   October 3rd, 2008 7:36 am ET

I THINK THEY ARE BOTH WINNERS THEY SHOWED A LOT RESPET FOR EACH OTHER BUT ALL THEY TALKED ABOUT THE OTHER ONES RUNNING MATE I THINK THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TO TALKED ABOUT THIER SLEF I HAVE NOT DECIED WHO I'LL VOTE FOR YET .JIM&BETTY


amy   October 3rd, 2008 7:36 am ET

Substance v. Good Study! Palin proved she is a good study but did anyone really hear what she said? Did anyone count the number of times she could not or did not actually answer the question? Mortgages crisis was answered about energy! Yes, she proved she could say what she was coached to say but there was no substance there. We all may enjoy coffee and discussing issues with our soccer mom friends but we certaining don't want them running the country. Just ask Katie Couric. She knows what level of substance really resides in Palin! Are we so moved by a pretty face that we close our ears?


Diane from Fl   October 3rd, 2008 7:36 am ET

My headline: "She did great" She stood toe to toe & held her own.


Fred Butler   October 3rd, 2008 7:36 am ET

I believed that Gov. Palin did better than I explected, and SNL has some new material. Gov. Palin in the beginning did avoid several questions on economy and retuned to her comfort zone of energy. Also, I was not comfortable with her answer on what they would have to delay or change in light of the country financial condition, and her response was that she has only been around for 5 weeks. Now to me if I going to be only a heart beat away from the most important job in the world, and at the helm of the country I would want to know what policy I was supporting and may have to place on the back burner.


Holldenwolf   October 3rd, 2008 7:36 am ET

"Joe Bid versus Sarah Pallid"

VP Messiah's target Easy street travelers in Middle class wagons
from the corner of Bid Street and Pallid Avenue. So are they scintillating saviours or typical politicians? You decide ...

article continued on page xx.

I'm not impressed. I've maintained a 4.0 in psychology with emphasis on rhetoric, persuasion, and psychological warfare and all that I can see is more of the same.

Why not propose a rent cap to help low and middle class workers survive their menial lives? should they afford landlords a mansion and a yacht simply because they cannot afford to purchase property?

... okay, I'm winding my noetic bomb so I'm going to stop typing but you should know that I do not think that any of these candidates know what they are doing. I can read and write in 30 languages – can they?

Have a Pleasant Day,
Holldenwolf


Carol   October 3rd, 2008 7:36 am ET

The Foksey act didn't work


Patrick Moran   October 3rd, 2008 7:37 am ET

My headline?
PALIN TO RUN FOR MAYOR (again)

Love you all!,

Patrick Moran
Naples, FL


Trisha Lewis   October 3rd, 2008 7:37 am ET

"Democrats Biden Their Time? You Betcha!"

Senator Joe Biden shows the pit-bull how it's done in the debate. Despite her desperate folksy-ness, Ms. Palin proved that she couldn't run with the big dogs. She was stiff and harsh, Biden was patient. She was a fem-bot, he was a human voice of experience. She was over-coached and he was natural. She should try blinking once in a while, otherwise her eyeballs will get dusty... maybe that's what the glasses are really for. Oh, and am I the only one who looks at Palin and thinks of the Martin Sheen character from 'The Dead Zone'?


Candace   October 3rd, 2008 7:38 am ET

McCain-Palin: Likeability iz allz we need to find Bin Laden. I'll bring him some Moose Stew.

After McCain blasts Obama for being liked by too many people, he chooses a running mate that is "likeable". Sorry Republicans – you can't have it both ways.


rob   October 3rd, 2008 7:38 am ET

How about:

Biden Bites Palin in First VP Debate


Rick Liverett   October 3rd, 2008 7:38 am ET

What would be my headline? How about the truth for a change, headline reads "Both Vice-Presidential Candidates Lie to America during Debate". You cant tell me this is the best America has to offer.


chucky   October 3rd, 2008 7:38 am ET

MY HEADLINE WOULD BE: "TO CHANGE OR NOT TO CHANGE"

HAVELOCK, N.C.


Robyn Taylor   October 3rd, 2008 7:39 am ET

Excuse me, but did anybody happen to hear Biden initially state that he and Obama were FOR the same rights and benefits for same sex marriages? After Palin clearly delineated that the McCain ticket was "tolerant" of the rights of same sex couples and defined that she was not in favor of same sex marriages, only then did Biden redefine that he and Obama were against same sex marriages. That was a major flip-flop! Points for Palin in our family scorebook.


coy   October 3rd, 2008 7:39 am ET

Remember the folksy, good-old-boy, Washington Outsider that everyone liked, trusted, and voted for 8 years ago........he is back wearing a dress – gosh, darn it – have we learned nothing!


Steve   October 3rd, 2008 7:40 am ET

Biden wins questions and answer section...Palin waiting for evening gown competition


Durk Gescheidle   October 3rd, 2008 7:40 am ET

Re: debate headline
"GOP breathes sigh of relief: Palin walks and chews gum"


gary   October 3rd, 2008 7:41 am ET

Obama and Biden are a joke.......The democrats have been in charge for the last two yrs in the house and senate, I wounder what obama can flip/flop on now..


DAVID   October 3rd, 2008 7:41 am ET

"QUEEN OF RAZZEL DAZZEL"


Charles   October 3rd, 2008 7:41 am ET

Palin exceeded my expectations. However, all she really said was McCain was a maverick just like her and they would change the word.

All in all my concerns about her have not been laid to rest.


Repub voting Demo   October 3rd, 2008 7:42 am ET

Biden did a great job. I kept looking for the strings above Palin – I heard the voice of McCain in a dress and it didn't impress me. I would headline it as "Bear Naked Lady vs no Bull Hare"


David   October 3rd, 2008 7:42 am ET

BIMBO POLITICS DIDN'T PREVAIL!
A WINK AND A SMILE JUST NOT ENOUGH,
FOR SARAH TO SAY THAT SHE'S TOUGH!


Lavera   October 3rd, 2008 7:42 am ET

The republican puppet machine is at it again. First Bush now Palin

For all that we are going to get from Palin we can get from an involved and interested first lady. I'll take the Princeton grad over the Hockey mom any day.


Lee Hendricks   October 3rd, 2008 7:42 am ET

What shocked me the most about the debate last night was Palin's gleeful expression of hatred for the Federal Government and the city of Washington, DC. Serving as Vice President and possibly President is a serious undertaking–a position of service to the people of our country. She talks as if she were trying out for crime boss of the mob. Why would we want to put someone in charge of an institution s/he despises?

And why, why, why can't people learn to pronounce nuclear! Or Iraq. Or Iran.


Darla   October 3rd, 2008 7:42 am ET

PALIN'S VP BOOT CAMP RESULTS OK; BIDEN STILL WINS HANDS DOWN!

or

PALIN VERY LIKEABLE BUT STILL LEAVES VOTERS SKEPTICAL ABOUT HER PRES. ABILITIES!


Jamie   October 3rd, 2008 7:42 am ET

Palin wins it!
Down to Earth and caring. Her real comments (even the shout out to the kindergarten class) are exactly what this country needs. Bidens arrogant, and even at times childish, rolling of the eyes and shaking of his head shows why he is not what we need.


Michelle   October 3rd, 2008 7:43 am ET

YOU GO GIRL!!!!!SARAH PALIN ROCKED THE DEBATE.
Its about time we see a REAL person in the White House.


Dan   October 3rd, 2008 7:43 am ET

Pulled it off?! We as Americans have lowered our standards Because GOV. Palin does not have want for herself or the American people to know the facts and answer the tough questions. How did America become so dumb? Wake Up! If McCain checks out she will be in charge, she can't garsh darn her way through being a leader.


smartz   October 3rd, 2008 7:43 am ET

"Palin by Comparison"

Ok that may sound like the NY Post headline but she was pale by comparison. Let's remember VP is one tic away from the oval office. I do think she's feisty and outspoken and I like Sarh Palin and as a matter of fact I would love to see her in a top position in Obama's cabinet. Maybe a new job called Secretary of Reality Check. Last night was America's interview and Joe Biden is clearly more qualified for the job.


Bill Vickers   October 3rd, 2008 7:44 am ET

Evry time Republican candidates seems at a loss for a full answer they quote Ronald Reagan as if that's supposed to put people in awe. Have they all forgotten how he destroyed the green initiatives of the 70's putting the debts made in the laps of the grandchildren? It's not like he was Randolph Scott (see Blazing Saddles)! I have yet to see a Democratic candidate quote JFK or FDR.
My Headline: Reagan is Still Dead


BARB   October 3rd, 2008 7:45 am ET

While reading these comments, I am wondering if I watched the same debate as some. Palin does not have the knowledge nor the class to represent our country. SHE and John McCain may think this folksy crap flies, but to me it comes off as not having dignity and class that this country deserves in it's Vice President. She did manage to keep her pump out of her mouth this time, but if I heard her say "ya" (the word is "you") one more time, I was going throw the remote control at my tv. Please let's hope that this country has a collective brain and send's Miss Wasilla right back where she came from!


Mona Rust   October 3rd, 2008 7:45 am ET

I am still disappointed that the Republican Party would assume that Govenor Palin can bring the female vote to their side. I am a middle-class, female, single mother, white and a registered Republican. This will be the first election that I will not vote for my party. I have supporyted OBAMA from the beginning of his campaign. Her selection clinched my vote for the OBAMA.

I was hoping the VP for the Repblican party would be someone that would demonstrate that the party is not out of touch and is not set on being a part of the same "good ole boy" system running our government. Their choice indicates that if you choose a female, she must come with so much baggage and lack of knowledge that she will not appear more intelligent than the "man" chosen by the party. The government is filled with this type of hypocrisy and it is time for change.

On a personal note, as a mother I was very sad for her daughter. Govenor Palin made a selfish decision when she accepted this domination. She should have said "thanks but no thanks" when asked to be the VP because it was not in the best interest of her family. Just like her bridge to nowhere, she said "thanks but no thanks", took the money and did what was best for her. This is exactly what she did to her daughter. This is her track record and she will do the same thing if she is given the opportunity to step foot in the White House.

As far as the debate: Joe Biden rocked!

You may not read this on the air but I appreciate the opportunity to share my opinions.

Mona Rust


T. G.   October 3rd, 2008 7:45 am ET

"Palin manages not to lose election for John McCain"

Did she stand toe-to-toe? Yes. Did she knock it 'out of the park'? Hardly. Palin was coached heavily. A fact that couldn't have been more obvious to viewers at home. Biden won simply by remaining calm, reserved and presidential.


Gary   October 3rd, 2008 7:46 am ET

PALLIN PLACE KICKS BIDEN. Rookie Sarah Pallin showed her down to earth philosophy and rhetoric as she punted the same ole political mumbo gumbo out the door. Pallin told us how the US can move forward.


sonni   October 3rd, 2008 7:46 am ET

"POLLY THE PARROT PALIN DOES IT AGAIN"

SHE AVOIDED DIRECT QUESTIONS BECAUSE SHE DIDNT KNOW THE ANSWERS, AND SHE HAD TO STICK TO THE SCRIPT THAT SHE WAS GIVE. I HAVE TO ADMIT, SHE'S NOT A BAD ORATOR, BUT SHE 'S NOT AWARE OF THE WORLD AROUND HER. WAKE UP PEOPLE SHE IS ONE STROKE AWAY FROM BEONG THE PRES. IF MCCAIN IS ELECTED! SHE'S CUTE AND BRIGHT, BUT NOT READY TO BE THE NEXT LEADER OF THE UNITED STATES. IN CLOSING, SHE NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT HER FACIAL TICK, THAT WINK IS OVER DONE!


marisa   October 3rd, 2008 7:46 am ET

I thought Palin was very rude to Gwen, the mediator, for stating she was not going to answer her questions or response to Biden's comments. She created a platform for herself and McCain on taxes and energy. Buy a commercial! This was a debate. It seemed that is what she kept referring back to because that is all she knows. I am afraid for her lack of experience. She governs a state with less population then the city I live in. She never answered the questions asked!


Judy   October 3rd, 2008 7:46 am ET

PALIN NEEDS MORE PRACTICE NEAR THE STREAM! Sarah needs more practice from the republicans. I thought she did horribly last night. However, if you look at how she had done with Couric and Gibson you would say she did better last night. But she is still not capable to run the country. I am so tired of her being a 6 pack gal and that she is a maverick. We don't need mavericks running the country we already have two and look at the mess we are in. Joe Biden won last night he knew what he was talking about and he didn't beat around the bush on some questions he answered them that is more than Sarah Palin did. If she didn't know the answer she said she wasn't going to answer the question. Who does that sound like? Dick Cheney and we sure don't need another one of him.


Tonda   October 3rd, 2008 7:46 am ET

"The Maverick McPalinbot completes full sentences!" Now, that IS a headline! Palin did a wonderful job regurgitating typical Conservative rhetoric. Biden was impressive, strong and deliberate. Palin was meak, antagonizing, and quite honestly, repetative. It is a shame that many Americans are falling for the faux sincerity of the McCain/Palin ticket. I laugh whenever I see middle to lower class Americans say they are voting for McCain. This proves that the GOP knew what they were doing when they put the Palinbot on the ticket....she is dim witted....just like the GOP's voters.


Lewanda Cole   October 3rd, 2008 7:47 am ET

The whole thing come off as a polical ploy-again! I get so tired of hearing the candidate or in this case, the debate Vice -President candidates consently lashing out at what the the other partys candidate did or didn't do. I would have loved to just hear what both side are going to do, this constant lashing out at the other gets old-very fast! Just lay it out in...we can take it!!


Tammy   October 3rd, 2008 7:47 am ET

"5 weeks vs. 30 years – Palin smashes Biden to pieces......"
Of course he is going to be more versed on the issues, he was in the senate when she was 2 years old. Although, he was flat out wrong on some of the votes that he said McCain made so hopefully that will come out in th mainstream media. I think she did an incredibly respectable job and deserves kudoes.
Tammy, Florida


Rita   October 3rd, 2008 7:47 am ET

Headlines: Soccer Mom Makes it to the White House

Wake up American, the time for change has arrived in Washington, the American people are tried of the far left making fun of common, everyday folks who help make this country great to start with. Shame on CNN and other news media who will not be fair and balanced. Although, I will say sometimes CNN does do a little better once in a while, but never as good as Fox News. Fox News they are honest and give good coverage on both sides. When can't the other news media do that??? Why can't we all come together middle of the road and agree to disagress without the far left making fun, cutting remarks about a fine lady,(Palin) Just get on with running our country. Cut out the junk. Oh to think of all the Millions they have spend on this election from both sides, could have put that money on the Bail Out, Think about it folks. You go Plain/McCain, the best change for Washington.


Rick Liverett   October 3rd, 2008 7:47 am ET

How about this new "Law", "It is unlawfull for candidates to lie during any public debate or speach, punishable by the inability to continue the campain and forfiting the ability to hold public office. Fruthermore, said candidate must repay campain funds with interest to the American people." That last part would be a real killer, hit em where the money lies. How about an Honest candidate? Is that possible??


Aiyisha   October 3rd, 2008 7:47 am ET

JUST ANSWER THE QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Renee   October 3rd, 2008 7:47 am ET

Biden Won the debate he answer all question and responsed to her critizism. If we as Americans elect McCain as president. And God forbid something happen to us. Then we have Palin as president and in no where is this comforting to me. Palin is nothing but Dick Cheney in a dress and pumps. Where do she got off not wanting to answer the question that matter to the American people. She change my opinion about her intelligence of politics but not my opinion about her being short and unable to answer question.

IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE VOTE FOR MCCAIN/PALIN THEN THEY GET WHAT THEY ASKING FOR WHICH IS FOUR MORE YEARS OF BUSH/CHENEY.


Paul   October 3rd, 2008 7:47 am ET

Obiden and Mcpalin
cloning at its best


Blake Walker   October 3rd, 2008 7:47 am ET

Biden has been is the congress over twenty years, he in the political rut that put us in this mess. Obama is already on the take and he has't been in position that long. Why doesn't Obama disclose all of his campaign contibutions? He is not being honest.


Cj Schreiber   October 3rd, 2008 7:47 am ET

Headline: Palin... THE GREAT EVADER
Biden...THE GREAT DEBATER

Palin was very rehearsed and could only address a couple of subjects. She had to refer to notes and was sickeningly phoney. Winking and using catch phrases............yuk
Biden on the other hand appeared to know what he was talking about without referring to notes and was actually able to address the questions asked without changing the subject.

VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN


Suzanne Dellis   October 3rd, 2008 7:47 am ET

Beauty and personality overshadowed by knowledge and experience, "Ya Know,"


Dale Hunt   October 3rd, 2008 7:48 am ET

Score Biden 4 Palin 12
PALIN WINS! PALIN WINs! PALIN WINs!
The Play Off was close four the first few innings, until Palin started hitting a series of hits keeping the bases loaded. Biden even helped Palin by walking in a few runs for the Palin team.


richard w   October 3rd, 2008 7:49 am ET

Biden Won hands down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was so turned off by Palin I might be alittle more turned on if she did a spread in Playboy. What turned me off was, she sounded like she was talking to the voters like they where TWO YEAR OLDS with the gee golly's your darn right, and the gee whizes. She sounded like a pre school teacher. We dont need nice in this world we need someone to take charge and put us back on track.

p.s. I am an Ohio voter We cant make the same mistake we did 4 years ago With Bush


Regeina   October 3rd, 2008 7:49 am ET

JAWS 5


Rick from Maine   October 3rd, 2008 7:50 am ET

Palin pulled it off?? Well of course she did. The bar for her was set so low that a 10th grade debate team member could have pulled it off. You can see that all the coaching really payed off. Same answer to every question. The winks and the smile while you're insulting someone my work in Alaska, but us normal folks with common sense saw through her reference to movie quotes "say it aint so Joe" And condesending demeanor didnt carry her.

8 men out WAS one of my favorite movies before last nights debate by the way!!


Cynthia of Ontario, Ca   October 3rd, 2008 7:50 am ET

I was impressed by her. As a woman I was proud of the way she held her own. Would I vote for the McCain/Palin ticket? Hell no. A vote for McCain is a vote for "More of same!" Anybody with half a brain is not going to be fooled by McCain's promises of change.


J Walton   October 3rd, 2008 7:51 am ET

I am a teacher and I'm starting a debate team. In order to have a successful debate, "not answering the questions", is not an option for my students and should not be an option for vice presidential candidates.


Doug   October 3rd, 2008 7:51 am ET

The CNN polls are people/contacts they keep that serve their opinion that they want to influence you with.

The CNN polls are always way out of alignment with true polls.

We need to flush out all long term Washington. Congress needs an enema.

It's amazing how these guys become multi millionaires after a term or two. Maybe it's because they add pork like ? $107bil to a bill and wait for the kickbacks? (cough)....Pelosi.....(cough).


HotWheelz   October 3rd, 2008 7:51 am ET

I previously had said my headline was "Palin in comparison!" I'd like to add I feel that neither party has made me a person with a severe spinal cord injury physical disability which requires use of a wheelchair feel welcome in the work force, community or in social groups. I ask that they help further expand the ADA and appoint me as the United States Disability Awareness Advisor so that I can make the world a better place by showing people with disabilities can contribute to society if society is more accepting of differences..


Lirette Neville   October 3rd, 2008 7:51 am ET

BIDEN'S VICE PRESIDENTIAL KNOWLEDGE DEFEATS PALINS BEAUTY PAGENT SPEACH!

WHO IS SHE TALKING TO? DO I APPEAR TO BE THAT STUPID? I'M A MIDDLE CLASS CITIZEN, SOCCER MOM AND I DON'T MAKE 1/2 OF WHAT SHE MAKES AS GOVERNER. DOES SHE REALLY THINK SHE'S MIDDLE CLASS? REPUBLICANS ARE SO OUT OF TOUCH!
HOW ABOUT ASKING HER WHAT SHE MAKES?I ALREADY KNOW AND IT'S NOT CLOSE TO WHAT REAL MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE WORK THERE BUTTTT'S OFF FOR! REPUBLICANS HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE REAL WORLD. IN THIS ELECTION; OBAMA AND BIDEN ( DEMOCRATS) ARE FINALLY ABLE TO LET WASHINGTON SEE WHAT'S GOING ON IN MY CITY ON MY STREET, NOT WALL ST. OR MAINE ST! LET'S GET REAL AMERICA!!!!!


Tammie   October 3rd, 2008 7:51 am ET

Attention Republicans Thanks for showing all middle class what you are really all about. That is why my family and so many are in the shape they are in today barely making it. Good job Biden I watched it all and you in my opinion smoked her and this year I will be voting Democrat ticket.


Pedro Hernandez   October 3rd, 2008 7:52 am ET

"Circle Talk"

Governor Palin's answers to all the questions last night were 90% Circle Talk. Please Governor Palin get to the Point, stop telling me that you are a Governor of Alaska, stop telling me that just because you are a mother you know what it is to go through every day struggles. I need straight talk not the non sence answers Gov. Palin's gives the American people when she is giving interviews.

Good Job Biden!

*And I am not a Democrat!*


Kae Jones   October 3rd, 2008 7:53 am ET

Palin Survives and Biden Shines, is the best headline for the debate last night. Palin survived her make or break moment. She had been held up in her debate boot-vamp being drilled with facts and some untruths about Barack's voting history. Her main topics were energy in what she referred to as "the great state of Alaska" the decision of war, and nuclear arms. She even threw in her signature wink at the crowd. I felt as though I was watching a performance not someone who was naturally knowlegeable about the affairs of the world. Biden, however was more knowledgeable and I feel he will be better equipped to handle the crisis of the world. He related to the public by sharing his humble upbringings,after Palin stategically added stories of her and Todd worrying about bills and health insurance. Palin's performance was coached with cliches' of Mccain's team being " mavericks" and Biden stood there as an experienced politician watching a student in training. As Palin stated " she gets extra credit" but Biden was the teacher last night.


Virginia   October 3rd, 2008 7:53 am ET

"Say it ain't so Joe"

Gov. Palin was a good pick by John McCain. She didn't just do okay last night – she was great. She showed that she did have a good understanding of what is going on concerning forgein affairs as well as domestic issues. Lets remember, she hasn't been in the Washington elite for over 20 years. She has shown that she is a quick study that will then apply common sense to make sound decisions.

She has been the real "Middle Class" – Working parent, small business owner, understands how expensive health insurance is , raised her children in the public school system ....

Say it ain't so Joe, Governor Palin is a breath of fresh air in a very stale envirnoment.


Charla   October 3rd, 2008 7:54 am ET

"How to Survive in Major Debate: answer only the questions you brought with you - no matter what they ask"
Palin played a very good pageant-prepped talking dog briefer by only reading from the script she'd been provided on the topics chosen for her from her campaign. . . regardless of the actual questions posed. And just when it started to look silly, she ducked a knockout with a quick "oh gosh, I'm really a Washington outsider and not familiar with these complicated games you people play," Biden walked a very thin, straight line and resisted simply slamming Palin for having no experience whatsoever. Saying she's the right choice for the 2nd chair or that she came anywhere near "winning" this debate would be like saying someone was prepared for Olympic swimming because they mastered treading water in the shallow end of the pool. (kudos to Palin's media prep team, though – they did well teaching their contestant to stay on message . . no matter what)


Brian   October 3rd, 2008 7:55 am ET

Hi Robin,

I watch you every morning and love the show! The debate was good. I was an undecided voter until this debate. I think that Joe Biden was much more polished with his answers and stuck to the debating rules. I felt a connection with him understanding what we Americans are going through with the economy.

GOV Palin obviously had an agenda that she was TOLD to stick too and it showed. I was amazed that she was allowed to venture off into her own world and not stick to the questions that were asked of her. Bad politics. We want to hear the answers to the questions that were asked. She was very robotic with her rehearsed answers. Not impressed with GOV Palin at all. I would not feel comfortable with her as the Vice President.

I will vote for Obama and Biden. I believe they are more for the American people and change.

Thanks,

Brian


David   October 3rd, 2008 7:55 am ET

"Clampetts to move into White House"
This will be the headline if the GOP fools you into beleiving the Sara Palin hype. While her backwoods demenor may charm some just as Elly May Clampetts' did.....do we really want the White house "cement pond" turned into a hockey rink? The rose garden into a vegetable garden? However I must agree the McCane as Jethro would be right on the nose. Funny thing though, this is our countrys leadership and not a sitcom, however hard to tell apart sometimes.


MaryAnn   October 3rd, 2008 7:56 am ET

You gooooooo Girl!!
We need a person with morals and ethics to lead our country out of this decades long mess we're in.


B Kotchevar   October 3rd, 2008 7:56 am ET

Just Do It, SHE Did It! Pulled It Off! Your Turn!

It's your turn go in the booth and vote what you know is best for the country! McCain-Palin, Just Do It!


Kate   October 3rd, 2008 7:57 am ET

Biden won this without a doubt. Thumbs DOWN to Palin. I felt that Biden answered the questions, while Palin spoke in a manner as if she was reading a story to kindergartners, and obviously avoided the ones that she has NO idea about. She is so unimpressive at this point. It is so obvious, she is NOT READY for VP!


Dan   October 3rd, 2008 7:57 am ET

Palin is lost and Americans scare me listening to this woman like she has good since. Women really scare me, she wants to reverse major rulings? Heck we might be slaves again if they get elected.


BJ   October 3rd, 2008 7:58 am ET

Sarah Palin definitely held her own as VP & I believe that she would also do very well as President if she had to take it over... Obama is a charismatic speaker without the experience that Sarah Palin already has, and, the McCain/Palin ticket is definitely the better ticket.... Sarah Palin is down to earth with people, and, it doesn't matter if she is a mother & soccer mom... When a man is running they don't ask if he will make a good candidate because he is a father or grandfather.... She has good experience as Mayor & Govenor under her belt showing executive experience that Obama doesn't have... Palin & McCain have the advantage as both of them are qualified for the running, as only Biden has the experience needed on the Obama/Biden team..... I am a veteran of our military, and I definitely trust John McCain & Sarah Palin... I have no faith or confidence in Obama..... McCain/Palin HAVE MY VOTE........


Aiyisha   October 3rd, 2008 7:58 am ET

I guess Republicans like beauty over substance. What does she get credit for, she didn't sound AS dumb as she has usually does. WOULD YOU PLEASE LET PALIN KNOW THAT HER USE FOR EBONICS IS NOT NEEDED. We are well educated and I don't need her trying to dumb down comments with dog on it, you betcha. What if Obama said gosh darn it or heck. Please talk to me like I have some sense. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!!!!!!!!!!!! And once again would you PLEASE JUST ANSWER THE QUESTION!

A Die Hard Democrat/ Obama Supporter


Sandee   October 3rd, 2008 7:59 am ET

PALIN SHOWS SHE IS A TRUE AMERICAN
The debate was quite interesting. We had Biden a well seasoned Senator and A Newby the Governor of Alaska. Both canidates skated on some of the questions. Biden is his same ol same ol and Palin knew when to revert back to what see knew best. I believe that John McCain and Sara Palin are going to make the changes they are promising. Sara Palin is a straight forward, honest, (not yet ruined by Washington). I believe she can help McCain understand the middle class people much better than Biden will be able to help Obama. We need a person in the Whitehouse that knows the ups and downs of everyday life. Washington does not. If you want higher taxes and more free welfare. Free money for those who choose to have children and not support them and let us the tax payer, pay for the raising of those children, vote Obama/Biden. If you want less taxes and less of your tax dollars to continue to support all these free programs, for only a few chosen ones, than vote McCain/Palin.


Pat   October 3rd, 2008 8:00 am ET

Palin WON.

I see that CNN is refusing to give unbiased reporting on the debate. You are not acknowledging the "lies" that Biden was forced to use to try to hold his own against Palin and actual records and statistics. I have yet to see you report his misrepresentations. ... but then again I didn't expect much more from you because you misrepresent yourselves as reporters ... not the "supporters" .. for Obama. .. you actually are.


Lirette Neville   October 3rd, 2008 8:01 am ET

JUST TO CLEAR UP WHAT SOME REPUBLICAN DUMMY JUST BLOGGED AND TOOK OUT OF CONTENT. JOE BIDEN DID NOT STRESS ON THE FACT THAT HE WAS MIDDLE CLASS, SARAH PALIN DID. JOE BIDEN SIMPLY SAID THAT HE SHOULD NOT BE EXCLUDED, BECAUSE HE'S BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT STRUGGLE!


Jamaicanboi   October 3rd, 2008 8:01 am ET

I have three questions about palin...1) Just because someone can LOOK confident das that makes them confident? 2) She was trained for this debate wasn’t she if so how confident can a person LOOK about a debate that she was trained for? 3) And how long was she known Mr. McCain seeing how she keeps calling him a “dear friend”?


Andrea - Michigan   October 3rd, 2008 8:02 am ET

I would like to respond to Pam West and explain that though Sarah Palin did a good job of appealing to the soccer moms of America, I think that her target audience was too low to be representative of the middle class. Her familiar approach, failure to address the questions as asked and lack of substance on the issues appeals to the lowest common denominator and not an educated person in the middle class.

I am a soccer and hockey mom and she certainly would appeal to the petty and classless stereotypical sport mom and if she and senator McCain are going to be successful in their bit for the whitehouse, perhaps they have chosen their target audience ans the uninformed and disinterested masses (of course coupled with the rich and corporate America who have always thrived on the backs of these masses).

One interesting comment that I heard on the show this morning was a criticism of Joe Biden being too wordy and talking about the issues too much. Perhaps I was wrong and the vice presidential debate has turned into more of a beauty pagent than an open discussion of the plans that the candidates have for the future of our great country.

It saddens me to see that a few winks and a couple of "betchas" garner so much praise. The kudos for Governor Palin seem very shallow in light of that caveat the "she did way better than we expected" Is she the special education student that finaly passed a test. Is it the fact that don't expect the woman to do well.... Oh yes, we think that she is just an everyday woman – well, she is not. She is a Governor and I expect more from my elected officials – male or female.


Angee Lams   October 3rd, 2008 8:03 am ET

Palin has no personal depth. She has an excellent memory and delivered her lines well. She has not thought of anything outside Wasilla or Alaska until 3 weeks ago. And it shows.

She is scary – I am afraid for this country is she gets close to the Presidency. Shame on John McCain for not putting this country first by choosing a strong female Repulican like: Christy Todd, Condy Rice, Snowe, Liddy Dole anyone!


William   October 3rd, 2008 8:05 am ET

I am disappointed with the way the media has given Sarah Palin a pass to be incompetent. She did a disastrous job during the debate, the press lowered the expectations for her due to her proven ignorance of the facts and now you all have allowed her to get away with this substandard performance. What kind of example are we setting for Americans and our children? I'll tell you the example is that you don't have to be intelligent to get ahead in this world. She never once answered the question at hand and you all refuse to point this out. What's the deal?


Geoff   October 3rd, 2008 8:05 am ET

Deer Gets Used to Headlights

Governer Palin lost the deer in the headlight gaze but replaced it with "Sara wants a cracker" parroting and repetition of prepared responses during last nights debate. While her over all poise and confidence were elevated she continued to answer a specific question with answers in areas she felt the most comfortable with, energy, unrelated to the question at hand.

A heart beat away? Get the paddles!


Dave Benson   October 3rd, 2008 8:05 am ET

Biden forgot more than Palin will ever know......And whats up with this winking all the time. If a man winks he is a sexist pig. Palin puts new meaning about the pig in lipstick with her winking to look attractive. She was a small town mayor and claims all the success of that town. Everybody knows that the town Council has the say so. I also want to know what animals were killed so she can sport her furs on some of her attire. Will McCain let Sarah campaign on her own now by herself or is he still pulling the puppet strings on her. Or is he afraid


Shirely   October 3rd, 2008 8:05 am ET

McCain, Obama, Biden, Palin ? Thanks but no thanks. This will be the 1st time since i became of age to vote, that i will not vote. In my opinion they have no one who is competent enough to run the country.


Rhonda   October 3rd, 2008 8:06 am ET

I think the headline should be "Palin Reck" because she was like a train reck speeding but going no place to speak of and will shortly be off the track!.


Darcy   October 3rd, 2008 8:06 am ET

Palin did a very good job.
If Americans look back into history they would see the truth about the bailout situation and who was president when it all start falling down.
Getting tired of the Democrats always pointing fingers and not taking credit for there wrong doings.


Stacey Coleman   October 3rd, 2008 8:06 am ET

This woman could have gotten up and talked like the teacher on Charlie Brown and the Republicans would still cheer for her. John McCain considered every person in America, every Congressman, Senator, Governor, war hero, etc, and this is the person he put above all others as a capable replacement should something happen to him. What does that say about his judgement? Biden beat her by a Wasilla mile. It was not even close!


Joe Randazzo   October 3rd, 2008 8:07 am ET

Joe Biden showed that he was in command of the facts after 35 yrs of senate service,however Sarah was in command of the people and genuiniely connected with grass roots America . She won the debate for that reason and by exposing Joe Biden to misstatements and errors of fact.


Jessmen   October 3rd, 2008 8:07 am ET

Palin scared me with some of her answers, I thought she avoided numerous questions. I was independent, now I'm Democrat. I didn't buy off on the hole "say it aint so Joe" and the corny winking at the camera. I will say the media has PRAISED her in every aspect since the debate. If I had not watched the debate based on what the media has said I would have thought Palin walked all over Biden, which was not the case. Palin = Dick Cheney.


Mark Hanna   October 3rd, 2008 8:08 am ET

It is just many, many, many Americans buying into Obama's and Biden's so called plan that concerns me most. Of course Sarah Palin won the debate between VP's. I'm sorry David but, you have fallen for the wrong pair. Sarah won over her ignorant contender. All of you people that Obama and Biden have fooled might cost those of us that belive in America and God ...


J E Wilson   October 3rd, 2008 8:08 am ET

Debate Headline

Ball and chain Palin slows McCain run to White House


Sarah Kiley   October 3rd, 2008 8:09 am ET

It disappoints me that the American public likes Palin because they can identify with her. I don't want someone in the White House who is similar to me, or shares the same amount of knowledge on foreign policy as I do. I want someone who is knowledgeable, and can lead this country out of the war in Iraq and the economic crisis we're in, someone like Obama and Biden. I also think it's crazy that Palin is judged on a different level than Biden. She did not answer several questions and showed her ignorance once again. We all had low expectations for her, and just because she didn't do as bad as expected, people are pleasantly surprised?


Randall Scott   October 3rd, 2008 8:10 am ET

OK. I'll admit I will cast my vote for McCain. I did think, however, that Biden won the debate. I did think Palen came across as very honest and sincere, and as a result, has won over the hearts of America. The question is did Palin win over enough hearts to turn the election? I'll admit that I am not crazy about the thought of Palin being one step away from the Presidency; but I am absolutely horrified at the thought of an Obama presidency.


J E Wilson   October 3rd, 2008 8:10 am ET

ball and chain Palin slows McCain run for White House


BG   October 3rd, 2008 8:11 am ET

HEADLINE:

"OBAMA DISCOVERS NEW ENERGY SOURCE...BIDEN, PUNDIT'S HOT AIR!

As a woman, mother, grandmother, great grandmother I passionatly believe Sarah Palin won this debate. After being beaten mercilessly by hundreds of "news" types, politicians and some of the most hateful people in this country, she came across as true champ! I wasn't sure if I would even vote this year until John McCain brought her on board.


P. Daubenspeck   October 3rd, 2008 8:11 am ET

Headline: "Thanks, but No Thanks to the Answers That Lead to Nowhere"

You have to give credit to Sarah Palin for sticking to her talking points and scripted message...going on and on with the same old message we've been hearing since the GOP convention. Then again come to think of it this was supposed to be a debate, so let's not give her any credit after all. I think quite a few viewers feel the same as me, wishing Palin actually provided substantial answers to the not-so-hard hitting questions. Biden answered the questions and came across as more "Vice Presidential" than Palin did.

I think by now we all get the whole "I'm a hockey mom and can relate to the common person," so the winks and "you betcha" antics can be scaled back a bit. As an active duty Soldier, Palin's performance last night leaves me with no doubt that I wouldn't want her as my Commander In Chief.


Stacey Coleman   October 3rd, 2008 8:12 am ET

I forgot, my headline is BIDEN BEATS PALIN BY A WASILLA MILE


Peter   October 3rd, 2008 8:13 am ET

Gov Palin, says its time to reform Wahsington, but if you really listened to what she said or did not say last nitght, she played the role that deserves an emmy nomination. She did not answer any direct questions she deflected them to other areas that she was familiar with. When will a politician say I don't know (never). Thats what makes them poloticians


E Barker   October 3rd, 2008 8:14 am ET

After the Presidential debate, my sister came up with a new diet plan: Mentally replay John McCain saying, "I'm a maverick and so is my partner." – a sure fire way to kill your appetite!

During the Vice Presidential Debate, Sarah Palin threw out the word "maverick" numerous times. The highlight of the debate was Senator Biden taking issue with the idea of John McCain being a maverick. He took the word and threw it back over and over, citing examples of McCain not being a maverick. Gov. Palin, wisely, never used the word again. Hopefully, American will never hear the word again from McCain or Palin.

Alas, like most diet plans, this one too only works for a short while!


Octavia   October 3rd, 2008 8:14 am ET

I think Sarah Palin dumbed down the expectation of women. She did not answer the questions, but because she didn't ramble (as much as she did with Katie), we are suppose to think she did a good job. I want a VP that answers the questions.


DC   October 3rd, 2008 8:14 am ET

Palin: Spanked...!

She was way too nervous last night.......


Jenn   October 3rd, 2008 8:14 am ET

I thought Senator Biden proved to be the strongest Vice-Presidential candidate. He spoke with determination and emotion that you could feel and knew he was being sincere. He answered the questions thoroughly and with the answers, in my opinion, most americans wanted to hear. He definitley has a plan in place that would allow me to feel confident with him in the white house. Governor Palin on the other hand talk a lot but really didn't say that much. She seemed very vauge on every question and rebuttal that was asked of her. She really only seemed interested in talking about the energy crisis. I'm not sure if she's aware, but there's other pressing issues that America is dealing with besides the energy crisis. I don't believe she would make a good V.P. America wants answers and solutions to our problems. Not someone who is going to beat around the bush and avoid what is crucial to maintaing our way of life in this great country.


Woody   October 3rd, 2008 8:15 am ET

Palin: Cutsey but not presidential


Fred   October 3rd, 2008 8:15 am ET

That a girl Sarah, you made me proud and hopeful. American need a realist in the Oval Office, we need someone who's ideas will never hurt the american public. One who knows that where we are is the result of the decisions we've made in the past. Joe Biden should not have been reelected when he was elected the last go around as a senator. One who's site is only on winning at all cost and not have the best interest of the people that he represents. After all Mr. Biden, you were put in the office by the PEOPLE. Please wake up and smell the coffee at that coffee shop that you mentioned last night. Have you ever been there? I seriously doubt that.
America needs leadership that can stand up to big corporate oil giants, America needs McCain/Palin. Period.


Moody Behery   October 3rd, 2008 8:16 am ET

I'm a believer of fact-based debating. I felt that Biden based much of his argument on facts rather than a rehearsed set of answer that Palin overly relied on. Palin did not seem to want to answer certain questions. At one point, she even stated she was not going to answer that question. She seemed best equipped to handle questions about energy and how Biden and Obama voted in 2005. Last I checked, it was 2008. Long-story short – the idea of Palin as a member of the Executive Branch scares me beyond words.


dirk   October 3rd, 2008 8:16 am ET

Biden kicks Palin's fat ass!!!


Athena   October 3rd, 2008 8:16 am ET

Palin looked nice and spoke well, very well about nothing! She threw jabs, gave shot outs and avoided most of the questions asked.


A. James   October 3rd, 2008 8:16 am ET

I liked the way Palin spun the answer to what she thought needed to be said. Good for Her.


Joe   October 3rd, 2008 8:16 am ET

I think it was a tie neither one was outstanding for their party. Biden didn't make his usual Gaffe and Palin didn't fall on her face.


Gil   October 3rd, 2008 8:16 am ET

I think that Gov. Palin held her own and did not spit and splutter as often as Sen. Biden did. I do think that there is one spoof that might be used on SNL is when she said "Sen Obama and Sen Obiden"–that was very funny. Once again I say that she done great against someone who is supposed to be so very experienced.

Love ya'll and keep up the good work.....Robin and Crew....


Andrew Morse   October 3rd, 2008 8:16 am ET

Sarah was Palin comparison to Biden!


roseanne   October 3rd, 2008 8:17 am ET

PALIN HITS IT'S OUT OF THE PARK, BIDEN BENCHED FOR FIBBING


julie baker   October 3rd, 2008 8:17 am ET

I watched the VP debate last night, and was truly horrified by Gov. Sarah Palin! She came across as an ignorant redneck, with all of her, "gosh darns", and "heck yeahs". In addition, all the cute looks, and winks that seem to have captivated the media are extremely inappropriate for the job she's interviewing for. Furthermore, any mother with 5 children, one being a special needs infant, has no business spending as much time away from her children,(even if Dad is around full time) that would be required if she got the job. She should be ashamed of herself. If America votes the McCain/Palin ticket, we will be worse off than we have been with Bush! GOD HELP AMERICA!!!


Jeff Robbins   October 3rd, 2008 8:17 am ET

Biden spouts change, but lives in the past.


Kevin Hewitt   October 3rd, 2008 8:18 am ET

"Choose This Day Who is Going to Serve You"

Last night debate attempted to show the people of America which VP candiate can lead this country in the event the President is unable to lead. I was not convinced that Governor Sarah Palin had the experience or political background to lead America in that event.
"she did say she was only in it for 5 weeks" in her own statement she tells me that she is not ready.
Senator Joe Biden showed me that he is ready and able to step in and lead to take America to new heights and give the people a since of calm and security by following the plans of Obama for change.


Jorge   October 3rd, 2008 8:18 am ET

Both were good. However I'm tired of people trying to use the excuse Palin is a woman. She can do as good as Biden. Joe Biden try to o hard to blame the Bush administration that like Palin said Joe thatis the past. Palin did very good, but I would expect a litle bit more attacks to Barack Obama campaing.


Tracy   October 3rd, 2008 8:18 am ET

"Distract" and "Avoid"
I sat for 90 minutes hoping to finally hear Palin on the issues. What I saw was a great demonstration of "distracting' the viewer with oneliners, shout outs and winks and "avoid" answering several of the questions. I guess my expectations remain too high.


Winston   October 3rd, 2008 8:18 am ET

If being clueless ws a job requirement – Paline won this debate. "Dontcha know! Joe"


Jennifer   October 3rd, 2008 8:18 am ET

Palin in Comparison

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin refused to answer Ifill's questions, instead going back over and over again to a topic with which she feels more familiar (energy policy). How many times did she repeat the phrase "greed and corruption on Wall Street" and the term "Maverick?" I felt like I was watching the beating of a dead horse on live television.

The only reason she's getting any positive feedback is because she managed to avoid looking like a complete bumbling idiot like she did on the Couric interview.

Biden, on the other hand, exhibited a breadth and depth of knowledge on a wide range of topics that comes from experience and thoughtfulness. He actually answered the questions and provided reasoned responses, and, when necessary, dragged Palin's attention back to the issues at hand – without being condescending.


Tracy   October 3rd, 2008 8:19 am ET

Headline "Palin totally clueless when it comes to answers"


Miriana Ivanovic-Hoff   October 3rd, 2008 8:19 am ET

My headline for the debate would be:

PALIN: All Smiles, No Substance

Was America actually watching the same debate that I saw? I saw and heard words coming out of Sarah Palin's mouth, yet she still managed to say nothing meaningful. I am an average American woman (a soccer mom) and she does not represent me or my concerns in the least. Just because she managed to string two words together in a sentence, does not make her qualified to be our next Vice-President.

As for her supporters, Sarah was simply preaching to her choir and they chose to sing along.


natalie   October 3rd, 2008 8:19 am ET

You know Palin keeps talking about "Soccer Moms" and "Hockey Moms" What about the double dutch moms "inner city moms?" Last time I checked there were no hockey moms and "Joe Six Packs" in the inner cities! She's not concerned with getting the african american vote she's only concerned with white america. Same ole republican nonsense!


Melissa   October 3rd, 2008 8:19 am ET

Honestly this is the first vice Presidental debate I have watched. I wanted to see if Gov Palin could hold her own and I was THRILLED with the way she handled "old politics"! Nothing against Biden and it is not a "woman thing", I was impressed with her ability to relate to the everyday American! I am tired of the run around political feed and have felt this nation needs a person that has the PEOPLE of American in their sights and McKain/Palin is exactly what we need!


Gabriel   October 3rd, 2008 8:20 am ET

Headline:
We Are All Doomed! – Palin Just another Double Talking Politician.

What a disappointment, I was expecting her to represent the working family point of view. Well back to watching reality TV and playing the presidential lottery.


gmc   October 3rd, 2008 8:20 am ET

Gee Wizz Sarah answer the question.


roseanne   October 3rd, 2008 8:20 am ET

BORING BIDEN OUTMATCHED BY SENSATIONAL SARAH


Carrie Toth   October 3rd, 2008 8:20 am ET

Sarah Palin sounded like she was presenting at a Mary Kay conference.....Why is the media spinning this debate like she even came close to competing with Biden? There is a possibility of her being president. Do we really want her to address the terrorists with, "By Golly guys, stop bombin' us"!! Also, How many times did she say "Maverick" or "Alaska". The only good thing that came from this debate, is a new drinking game.....


Spencer H   October 3rd, 2008 8:21 am ET

PALIN ANSWERS QUESTIONS!!

NOT


william marszalek   October 3rd, 2008 8:21 am ET

Palin clearly admitted she knows nothing of the in workings of Washington. McCain looks like he just sat up out of a coffin, god forbid if he were to have a heart attack or something and Palin takes over as president. Well, I guess she can turn the U.S. into a hockey arena or soccer field.


Beverly Howell   October 3rd, 2008 8:21 am ET

"Predictions that Sarah would Palin comparison accurate: Biden's Bright Night"


Carlos   October 3rd, 2008 8:22 am ET

"Sarah Palin goes Parasailing" She was above answering questions, she practiced what she was gonna say and dog-on-it she was gonna say it. What? Economy? I don't wanna talk about that I wanna go back to what I was told to say.


Jakki   October 3rd, 2008 8:22 am ET

"Palin winks, but Biden gets the nod!"


Andrew Morse   October 3rd, 2008 8:23 am ET

Sarah "Goose" Palin is obviously not a Top Gun. She crashed and burned! The Maverick should look for a new co-pilot!


Lisa Hill   October 3rd, 2008 8:23 am ET

I was offended by Gov. Palin's request to call Senator Biden "Joe". He is an elected Senator of the United States government and deserves respect as such. I did not hear Senator Biden call her anything but Gov Palin. Would she like it if he called her Sarah??


Whendi C   October 3rd, 2008 8:23 am ET

"Crop circles, Palin talking in circles.... Both still a mystery"


Tracy Curcio   October 3rd, 2008 8:23 am ET

Headline "Palin Dodges Questions Diring Debate" I am a little league, PTA mom and last night Palin claimed to be middle class like us, how can that be when her assets total more then a million dollars? Almost every time she was asked a question she went off in a a different direction and never gave an answer on the given subject. Then she talks of putting an embasy in Jeruselam, are you kidding me? My husband was in intelligence for years in the Marines and he literaly was speechless when he heard her say those words due to the impact it implies. This is just one little league mom's views!


Michele   October 3rd, 2008 8:24 am ET

Palin, the answers to nowhere


Carlos   October 3rd, 2008 8:24 am ET

Every one's expectations about Palin's performance was so low that she ended up looking great, not because she did good was but because she did not mess up. She is just pretty lady, that represents the radical religious right.
Please keep reminding
1-She has dangerous religious-sect origins,
2-If Hillary has been on the ballot (as #1 or #2) Palin should have never been in, she was picked only for the votes, not for her capabilities.
3-McCain is not a kid, think of Palin as president if McCain is elected and he does not make it to the end of the legislature. SCARY.


Teri Jaymes   October 3rd, 2008 8:24 am ET

Palin requests expanded powers for the Vice President.
Her first act will be to give extra credit to 3rd graders for watching the debates and voting for her in the class election.


roseanne   October 3rd, 2008 8:24 am ET

PALIN HAS PULSE OF AMERICA, BIDEN ON LIFE SUPPOPRT


Anna Whitworth   October 3rd, 2008 8:25 am ET

BEAUTY QUEEN ANSWERS AGAIN
'I think that people can't find America on a map because they don't have maps', Sounds much like the content of the over rehearsed repetative answers Palin gave last night. And as cute as it is that she is trying to connect with the middle class by acting 'folksy', please innunciate corerctly. We're not illiterate idoits. Huntin', Fishin', nothin', you guys, would not represent us well in a meeting with foreign dignitaries. I have great respect for her accomplishments, but God help us if she is on the winning ticket.


Frankie Pizano   October 3rd, 2008 8:25 am ET

PALIN SPANKS BIDEN.................MRS SMITH ( PALIN) GOES TO WASHINGTON


J.M.Stef   October 3rd, 2008 8:25 am ET

PRESENTING, UNITED STATES FIRST WOMAN VICE PRESIDENT, SARAH PALIN.


Rick St Thomas   October 3rd, 2008 8:25 am ET

Palin for vice-principal of middle school!


Nate   October 3rd, 2008 8:25 am ET

Palin- Even when she's present she's still evasive

Palin finally gave the public what we want. However, still left us empty on real substance. She only talked on points that she felt comfortable with and when confused or felt uneasy with particular questions she fell back on her one trick pony...energy. I find it amazing that the "political pundits" are calling this a victory for her just because she survived. If this was a college exam she would have failed. Sure she studied chapters on the war and energy, however she skipped over chapters on economics and war strategies. Its like she crammed before the test and only remembered a few chapters. She had talking points and she repeated those same views all day long. She accused obama and biden of issues that mccain is guilty of too. She needs to do her homework on the top of her ticket.


wolfey   October 3rd, 2008 8:26 am ET

sarah palin is not ready to lead this country. she side stepped most answers. she keeps talking about change but offers nothing to support it. the only thing she did say was that she wanted the v.p. position to have more power , that is scary. i was a john mc cain supporter , until he picked this person as his running mate . she has no experience and this country needs good sound leadership at this time. our country is in trouble and this is no time to play cutsie.


Perry Huested   October 3rd, 2008 8:26 am ET

Give me a break!! Palen is no better than McCain in that they say what they are going to do but they never say how! Palen was "aren't I cute and I can point and yell just as well as John but I won't REALLY answer your questions". I get sick to even think this person could end up as our president.


Jaime   October 3rd, 2008 8:27 am ET

Frontier Annie sounded like an idiot last night, dodging questions with that stupid twang. I'm a registered Republican, but will be voting Democrat for the first time ever. Sarah, do your party a favor and stay away from interviews.


Vickie Curry   October 3rd, 2008 8:27 am ET

Iv'e heard enough gettin, bein, changin, and all the other terms palin uses, and the wink has to go, What's with McCain is he nuts to put this women in this position?


Beverly   October 3rd, 2008 8:27 am ET

Predictions that Sarah would Palin comparison accurate: Joe just Biden his time before being sworn in as V.P.
:-)


Roger   October 3rd, 2008 8:27 am ET

By golly, gee whiz, darn, wink, wink. As a born and bred American from a upper mid-western state, Sarah's saccharine sweetness did not win me over.
Gosh darn, her incredible lack of knowledge of any substantive issue or her inability to answer any question at all and instead rely on scripted folksy sound bites might fool some folks but Gosh, By George not this Joe Six Pack.

Despite her stellar "Executive" experience in being mayor of Cicely, Alaska Sarah Palin is not even close to V.P. material.

Roger


Drew   October 3rd, 2008 8:28 am ET

You can't put lipstick on a pig, but you can put it on V.P. Cheney and what you get is V.P. Palin!

Her answer to the V.P powers question was disturbing and scary.


Mike   October 3rd, 2008 8:28 am ET

Palin at best was annoying and was unable to cohesively answer most points. Whenever she could and out of context she kept going back to her energy plan. Nice way to dodge the quesions and issues. Furthermore her constant smiling and her accent made her incredible and was just as annoying. Palin is an absolute joke and should go back to Alaska and her family as quickly as possible. What an embarassment to the United States as she demonstrated her lack of knowledge on a variety of issues. It's no wonder the rest of the world has such a low opinion of us. Last night sealed the deal, I'm voting Obama/Biden. Here's my headline.."Palin you're failin' – GO HOME!"


Ty   October 3rd, 2008 8:28 am ET

Palin is more like Ike & Tina Turner, Tina made Ike, and Palin was made up all nice and pretty on last night, but her pretty little face is not going to help get this country out of the crisis that its in.


kaye k wilson   October 3rd, 2008 8:28 am ET

My headlines would read V(victory) for P(pailin)
VP
I get tired of hearing the negative slant on Pailin. It's called jealousy! They can do comedy spoofs on her, but what about the big goof up or the many big goof ups of Biden. Especially the on about Hoover coming on TV and calming the people during the great depression. He wasn't president then and there was no TV during the depression! What about Biden telling Sen. Chuck Graham to stand up so everyone could see him. Sen. Graham is in a freeking wheel chair! Saturday night live why don't you have at it.
Go to you tube type in Biden goofs.......It says it all, and you want this man in the White House!!!!!!! Good Grief


VON   October 3rd, 2008 8:28 am ET

BOTH CANDIDATES TO WELL -
JOE BIDEN IMPRESSED ME AS A GENTLEMAN WHOSE MOTIVE SEEMS GOOD.
SARAH PALIN IMPRESSED ME WITH HER CONFIDENCE AND INTELIGENS WHILE CONECTING TO THE MIDDLE AMERICAN AS ONE OF US.
I BELEIVE THE DEMOCRATIC TICKET WOULD BE MUCH STRONGER IF IT WAS BIDEN AS PRESIDENT AND OBAMA AS VP –
– COMMENT BY BIDEN THAT OBAMA WANTS HIS VOICE TO HELP HIM MAKE DECISIONS SHOWS WEAKNESS IN OBAMA'S CONFIDENCE TO LEAD ON HIS OWN.
MCCAIN – PALIN IS AS IT SHOULD BE – SHE IS READY TO BE VP.


Stephanie   October 3rd, 2008 8:28 am ET

HEADLINE FOR THE BIDEN/PALIN DEBATE:

Palin offends viewers and voters with phrases such as "JOE 6-PACK", "GOSH DARN IT"; unable to give direct response about eye tic"


Pauline   October 3rd, 2008 8:29 am ET

If anyone is using the media and so called poles that are posted on the news to make their decision, it's crazy. All these debates seems to be is candidates bashing each other for what they didn't do or what they did that seems to be wrong for the other person. None of these candidates will truly be able to make a difference unless they see a second term, which is doubtful for both of them. So we all might as put the names in a hat and pull out one and vote for that person.


Bill McLean   October 3rd, 2008 8:29 am ET

Governor Palin smirked her way through a discussion last night; one could hardly call it a debate.

Biden correctly addressed his remarks to the moderator, while Palin smirked almost continually.

Is this the type of unsophisticated demeanor that she would present to the world, if chosen with Maverick McCain to lead the US people for the next four years?

Not my choice.

Ms. Palin is clearly the Sultana of Smirk this morning.

Bill McLean


JO Lynn Page   October 3rd, 2008 8:29 am ET

"JUst answer the question: when I was growing up, I would have been punished if I dodged questions like them..and the questions, what about the people like us in Sallisaw, Ok. Living week to week on a paycheck,can't even get a credit card if we wanted it...I would like to know what they are going to about US jobs> Not just say we are going to get more jobs here, I want to know the answer...what about health insurance, I want to know the answer, not that there will be a tax credit....people won't buy insurance, they need the money to live on...I want real answers to normal everyday questions....I paid off my house, I pay my taxes, those people that can't and don't, why...answer it...and what happens if your loan is with someone else not the ones they are giving the money to..."JUST ANSWER THE QUESTIONS"


Tracy   October 3rd, 2008 8:30 am ET

Why doesn't Palin get over the hockey Mom statement? What about the Military Mom's don't they count? I think they are more important than the Hockey Mom's of America!!!!!!


Irene   October 3rd, 2008 8:30 am ET

Palin recited her script, ignoring the debate topics. Was this an open format debate?? It was for Palin. Just proof that she cannot speak beyond her "script". If you don't know the answer just change the subject. A very old "trick", but this country needs more than TRICKS & smoke screens, we need REAL & NEW ideas & leaders who do not change positions daily and lie about their positions to attempt to trick voters into voting for them!!!! Last night was not a debate–Gwyn lost control & did not keep Palin on the topic, to his credit Biden ignored Palin's antics & discussed the suggested topics.


Mike in the Villages   October 3rd, 2008 8:30 am ET

Sarah Palin leaves liberal media red faced and studdering. Sarah is the first candidate that doesn't sound like she is a Senator addressing the Senate but a citizen addressing the nation.


Martha Ann   October 3rd, 2008 8:30 am ET

Say it ain't so Joe !!! Palin holds her own.


Alexandria Bradley   October 3rd, 2008 8:31 am ET

I think that although Palin had a "folky" attitude that appealed to a lot of people, she only said a few things that appealed to voters. I think that she was told what to say so that she wouldn't have to think for herself. In my opinion, anyone can deliver lines but only Joe Biden can be a REAL Vice President.


Grandma Chris   October 3rd, 2008 8:31 am ET

The "debate" reminded me of a sports team that plays against a team that is not as good.. The team plays down to the poorer team's level. Both candidates did not do what everyone was hoping they would do. Make fools of themselves. You could hear the collective sighs from both the Reublicans and the Democrats when the "debate" was over. As a middle class, single parent female, I was disappointed when Palin avoided answering the question asked at least four times by changing the subject and literally regurgitaing the party line.


Hoyt Dorminey   October 3rd, 2008 8:31 am ET

I think Gov. Palin did great, she was better than I thought she would be. She has my vote.


Lynn Gardner   October 3rd, 2008 8:31 am ET

Palin does NOT have the knowledge or the experience in the national/world arena to be a V.P. let alone next in line for the Presidency!
The "I'm just like you – a plain ole person" is NOT what I or the majority of the people I know want in the White House! The thought of her representing our Country abroad sends chills down my spine – winking at
foreign diplomats etc. and not using proper English – we've seen enough of that with eight years of Bush! People in other countries – and I personally know people in other countries – laugh at him and make fun of the U,S. for electing someone like him. They will be laughing even more if McCain gets elected – the angry, old man and the ditzy younger woman!
They will be laughing even harder than they do now! AND most important of all – she is NOT qualified or experienced enough to lead this country!


Will in California   October 3rd, 2008 8:32 am ET

Who bought Biden crying about his Army JAG son not returning from Iraq? What’s an Army JAG going to die from while in his cushy office room looking over legal documents? Oh no, not the dreaded giant camel tick spiders, or the lethal sharp pencil poke. Are Army JAGs the Army’s version of the Navy SEALs? Warning to Biden’s son, “Don’t run with scissors!”

Biden should thank McCain for the US winning the war in Iraq and significanlt lessening the troop deaths so his precious son could return home safely from his tour in Iraq reading legal documents.


Bonnie   October 3rd, 2008 8:32 am ET

"There's a glitch in Palin's chip!"

I watched the entire debate, and Senator Biden answered with what, we the people truly wanted to know. Govenor Palin on the other hand, looked like a programmed robot talking into the camera. She not only wouldn't address the question at hand, she said she wouldn't, and continued her 'MaCain mavericks' rant. I think they need to check her chip, it was a debate, not speech time at the convention. Wrong program Palin!


TONY   October 3rd, 2008 8:32 am ET

Why are some people so blinded by the most SIMPLE things. Anyone that still chooses to vote Republican MUST BE BRAINWASHED. This is not a GAME America!! This is very serious!! As a country we need a President /Vice President that are going to ANSWER QUESTIONS!! I think that Republicans are so use to not telling the truth about the issues and not giving the answers to important questions. As a country we should DEMAND answers to very SIMPLE questions!! HELLO!! To quote a recent comedy routine (SNL) the media needs to grow a pair!! GO AFTER THIS NON- SENSE!! GET REAL AMERICA THIS IS A JOKE!!


dan   October 3rd, 2008 8:33 am ET

Pretty Palin Bombs Joltin Joe Biden

Everyone expected Gov Palin to fall flat but it was the total reverse.
Great job I do believe the Dems were totally blown away especially Biden.


Carri   October 3rd, 2008 8:33 am ET

My headline:
Palin Puppet Plays "One of Us" While Joe's Cool.

The thought that this woman could possible be our Vice President or President sickens and scares me.


roseanne   October 3rd, 2008 8:33 am ET

WIN GOES TO THE BEAUTY QUEEN
PALINS BEAUTY IS ONLY SURPASSED BY HER BRAINS, BIDEN
LIVED UP TO BORING EXPECTATIONS


Barry   October 3rd, 2008 8:34 am ET

Palin Debates Foreign Policy: "I Can See America From Alaska"


Jeana Fagan   October 3rd, 2008 8:34 am ET

I really think the general public is giving Sara Palin a raw deal concerning her 'performance' in last nights' debate. I believe she may have been 'over coached', but I find her take on government refreshing. If she had been able to be more herself, I believe she would have come across to the country as the strong and educated woman she is. All you need to do is view her sass and sting in the Alaska Governor debate. She made her points clearly and with the style she should be allowed to share in the Presidential race.


Hans   October 3rd, 2008 8:34 am ET

Sarah Palin did really well against a guy who is a terrible choice for a VP. She speaks the truth and Biden sounds like Obama. I have never heard how Obama and Biden will lead. McCain and Palin have made it clear. No more pork!! for one thing. Obama is the second larges recipient of funds from Freddie and Fannie. John Kerry is #1.
My brother lives in Ohio and tells me there are Obama busses everywhere picking up homeless people and registering them to vote. This is crazy. I thought you had to prove residence to vote? I guess they are trying every trick in the book and bending laws at will, or possibly ignoring them. SAVE US FROM MORE MESS-VOTE FOR MCCAIN AND PALIN. Obama will put is in the ditch for sure.


Mike Maskill   October 3rd, 2008 8:35 am ET

“Say it Ain’t So Jo” tells it like it is to tame Mavericks!


Bonnie Gerdes   October 3rd, 2008 8:35 am ET

My headline:

NO DECISION YET: ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION STILL PREVALENT!


E J   October 3rd, 2008 8:35 am ET

Joe Biden talks to be heard, but never to say anything.

Same Chapter, same verse, again the democrats send to the plate two absolute nuts. Joe seems to forget, or changes his mind from the start of his sentence, as throught out the socalled debate, he never finished a sentence. As is common with all Demon-Krauts Joe and his side kick, Obama, have just adapted to the same old politics, all we got to do is promise our constingents, any thing. It must be convient for them to blame on George Bush the problems they brought on our nation with their constant attempt at buying votes. Eight years ago, the democrats were trying to distance themselves from Bill Clinton. Eight years ago we were in a great downturn because of the Clinton's adminstration total mishandling the economy. Jimmy Carter brought the greatest down-turn of all, thousands of businessess failed, but his rich folks were making 20 to 30% off of their CDs'. The Demon-Krauts have resolved that they don't care about America, or its people. Joe Biden only talked to be heard last night, not to say something and why not, The total IQ of all of the Democrats, combined with all of the Liberal Media, especially "Gwendolyn, or whoever the Idiot was that couldn't even read her Ques last night was.


Jamaicanboi   October 3rd, 2008 8:35 am ET

Are most of you blogging in here just overly proud republicans? Or are you one of the 20% that likes making money by using hard working people? A how can anyone say that she did a "GOOD JOB" And too you CEO's out there that are using immigrants to make your pocket bigger think about this, All these Mexican, Puerto Ricans, Russians, and yes, even Jamaican where do you think there are spending the cheap labor your giving them "!!!NOT IM AMERICA!!! So while your pockets are getting big the economy is going down....!


Beverly   October 3rd, 2008 8:36 am ET

Scratch my list two submissions - cup of coffee helped me get it right:

Did Sarah Palin comparison? Debate proves Joe Biden his time til Election day...
:-) :-) :-)


John Amos   October 3rd, 2008 8:36 am ET

Palin shows why women are superior when it comes to telling the truth, Flash: Robin Meade has just been chosen the most beautiful woman in the history of women.


Linda, Illinois   October 3rd, 2008 8:37 am ET

This debate is a total waste of time. This was done to showcase Palin's readiness to be a VP of the country. Pleassssssssse!!!!.
I could hardly wait to see the Saturday Night Live show on this debate.

She cannot even give a straightforward answer unless it is scripted for her. I have to admit though, that her winking, trying to be flirty on camera seems to be working.

Joe Biden gave a real meaningful debate here!


MC   October 3rd, 2008 8:37 am ET

"America's Misguided Sense of Political Correctness Places Hockey Mom Closer to "Nuceular" Button. Iran Institutes Manditory 'Duck and Cover' Drill For All Citizens". There's the real headline.


John Amos   October 3rd, 2008 8:39 am ET

Biden wakes from walking coma to find that it is not 2001 after all.


Lynn Gardner   October 3rd, 2008 8:40 am ET

Palin does better when she has a "script" to follow! It is obvious she was tutored on the big issues and she knew what to say! BUT she avoided questions she wasn't prepared to answer or didn't want to answer!
What tells the "true" story is how a candidate answers questions off the cuff and not in a prepared setting! That is where she has shown her total lack of knowledge and experience. And that is VERY scary!


John Amos   October 3rd, 2008 8:40 am ET

Bidin her time, Palin stays cool under hot lights.


Ken   October 3rd, 2008 8:41 am ET

I am not particularly fond of either candidate, but I am stumped by any claims that Palin performed well. She didn’t answer the questions that were asked. This was a debate, not a forum. After watching this ‘debate’, there is no way I could justify voting for McCain. I wanted (expected) to hear specifics, from both parties, on key issues. Not generalities.


McD   October 3rd, 2008 8:42 am ET

Old war horse sticks to old "we hate Bush" line


Miles   October 3rd, 2008 8:43 am ET

"Say it aint so Joe!"

Even thought Gov. Palin never gave a direct, coherent answer to any question, she did just enough to not embarrass herself or her party.


Don, Miami   October 3rd, 2008 8:44 am ET

Headline–
Biden Talks Facts and Answers from Experience, Palin Talks "Soccer Mom"


Scott L   October 3rd, 2008 8:44 am ET

Yes man gets beat up by a girl!


Greg   October 3rd, 2008 8:44 am ET

Palin's folksy talk seemed really hokey to me and turned me off to any message she may have been trying to get across. I did notice that she spent a lot of time not answering questions but trying to be cutesy and "aw shucks" so the public would let it slide. And as someone has already mentioned previously, I also noticed she can't pronounce nuclear any better than Bush does. None of this indicates to me that she's qualified for anything more than a spot on a PTA somewhere; how she ever became governor is a mystery to me.

Biden was clearly the winner. He was clear, concise, knowledgeable, confident, presidential.


rick   October 3rd, 2008 8:45 am ET

condescension and cutesy doesn't translate to leadership


LaxMom in GA   October 3rd, 2008 8:45 am ET

Palin Beat Herself, But Didn't Beat Biden


Rachel L.   October 3rd, 2008 8:45 am ET

Whether people like it or not, Sarah Palin is a a nominee for vice-president and we need to give her credit for her job last night, she looked at Biden, at the camera, spoke to the American people and held her own. By the way, this is a gosh darn Democrat speaking.


David W   October 3rd, 2008 8:45 am ET

Did Sarah Pale-in comparison to Biden? Voters confirm YES!


Carol   October 3rd, 2008 8:46 am ET

Palin Goes "Nucular"!


Tom S.   October 3rd, 2008 8:46 am ET

"Cutesy Doesn't Cut It!" The debate last night was between 2 candidates who might have to step-in as President of The United States. Sara Palin only knows what she has been studying for the last 5 weeks while Sen. Biden showed his statesmanship and 35 years of experience in the US Senate.


M Davis   October 3rd, 2008 8:46 am ET

PALIN NAILS IT!

Although I really do like Biden and respect him I think last night Palin stole the show. Those who set the stage for Palin to fail at last nights debate got a rude awakening. I am the typical middle class "soccer mom" and love Palins no nonsense attitude. Palin is one of the few politicians not afraid to speak her mind and that scares Washington. I do like Obama and Biden but I don't like big government running my life so I am voting McCain Palin.


Scott Blog   October 3rd, 2008 8:46 am ET

HEADLINE:

"What Was The Question?"

OR

"How About That Energy Policy Folks"

OR

"Drill, Drill, Drill, You Betcha"


Ann   October 3rd, 2008 8:47 am ET

Palin Headline: "Come Up and See Me Sometime". The winks and slang use were very inappropriate for that forum. The whole show that she put on was not cute. I found it to be rather firty. Imagine McCain's response if Obama had done this. She wants to use her feminity to her advantage, but is quick to pretend to be offended if her opponent makes any acknowledgement of this. What if Obama took the stance, "man's whole" like she wears that "hockey mom" badge. Hockey and killing for sport is rather violent. She is clueless about the issues. She is less educated that I am and I am unemployed. We need Obama in charge so that people like myself who have Advanced Degrees (something that Palin lacks) can have an opportunity for employment. I am not fooled by the words that McCain wrote for Palin that I saw her often looking down to read. She is so much not qualified and there are some who will use any excuse to resist electing a black man. Palin was improved alright, an improved study. She had plenty time since she has not been out there like the other candidates.


Ione Maldonado   October 3rd, 2008 8:47 am ET

BIDEN WITH A KNOCKOUT!!


rueben   October 3rd, 2008 8:47 am ET

"Governor Palin gets lost on her way to PTA Meeting and ends up behing a podium at the VP Debate!" Governor Palin needs to answer the questions posed by the moderator instead of showing up with her own scripted, one person "debate."


Judy   October 3rd, 2008 8:47 am ET

Palin: The Education (NOT!) Vice-Presidential Candidate Discriminates against the Letter "G" by Leavin' It Out of the Debate!


Nick   October 3rd, 2008 8:47 am ET

Neither VP nominee, nor Presidential Candidate has even mentioned the status of Social Security or a plan/idea for fixing it. Yes there are many problems out there, however, no mention at all about the single most important support program for aging Americans? Do they have a position?


Robin Mo   October 3rd, 2008 8:48 am ET

O' Joe, Six Pack Sarah Pulled it Off


Wanda   October 3rd, 2008 8:48 am ET

"Barracuda Eats Shark"


Cynthia Townley   October 3rd, 2008 8:48 am ET

Palin came across as a winking ,aw shucks ditz answering questions as if she were in a beauty pagent . She just needs a crown. Joe Biden is clearly the better candidate – much more knowledgeable, someone who understands that we are in a serious moment in our country's history. We need a VP who can step in to the presidency at a moment's notice, not deliver one liners. Palin, who cannot even name a supreme court case is NOT that person. As a woman, I am offended by her ignorance.


Brenda J   October 3rd, 2008 8:48 am ET

"PALIN WON DEBATE, McCAIN WON HIS DEBATE, BUT THE LIBERAL MEDIA WILL TELL YOU DIFFERENT = NO HONESTY IN THE MEDIA ANYMORE...SHAME ON YOU!"
I DARE YOU TO SHARE THIS ON THE AIR


Jan LeFahbre   October 3rd, 2008 8:48 am ET

Headline: BRAINLESS. ACTING LIKE SHE'S IN SOME BEAUTY PAGENT, DELIVERING A FLIRTY AND SMILY PERFORMANCE WITH CUTSIE PHRASES, BUT SHE CAN'T ANSWER THE QUESTIONS.


Gloria in Texas   October 3rd, 2008 8:48 am ET

My headlines: " Joe Biden IS Joe Sixpack"

"She is no rocket scientist, but she sure is pretty."

I don't think it is winning if I think, given the same short intense training, that I can do as well as Palin. I could never command the issues like Joe, given that same time, which Sarah proved she couldn't do either.


frank   October 3rd, 2008 8:48 am ET

Biden wins debate Palin wins respect


Beverly Bean   October 3rd, 2008 8:48 am ET

Headline: Was Palin Ailin', Bailin' or Failin'?


Paige   October 3rd, 2008 8:49 am ET

English teachers across the country cringe when Gov. Palin speaks.


Debbie - Mobile, AL   October 3rd, 2008 8:49 am ET

Im from the North and am so tired of the south and now Sarah Palin thinking that uneducated speaking sounds "cute". This woman is supposed to be possibly running our country one day and I just stared at her last night in the debate while she thought she was "one of us"???? Whom is she thinking she sounds like? Can you imagine diplomats from other countries talking with her while she says "darn betcha", etc. and her little winks remind me of a mom teaching her little girl to act stupid in a pagent or something. I would be ashamed to have her in office. Joe Biden on the other hand was dignified and very impressive. Do we want a country bumpkin who along with McCain is very sarcastic and rude, or someone like Obama who acts like a president. Get with it America


Sandy Conwell   October 3rd, 2008 8:49 am ET

Palin did not do well at all. She did not go along with the moderator.
On about 4 different times when she was asked a question
and she didn't want to answer it, she'd just say, "I'd like to go back to the energy issue...." The debate was held to answer the questions the
moderator ASKED!!!!!

She's a hockey mom, she certainly demonstrated that! She memorized a few things up there in McCain's Sedona, AZ home. She definitely is NOT QUALIFIED to run our country if John McCain dies – God help us. Biden outshined her 77% according to the first debate pole I saw this a.m. Biden thoroughly knows what is going on, Palin belongs back in Alaska!


jamesk   October 3rd, 2008 8:49 am ET

"You betcha" and "Joe Six-pack" are cute expressions (if you really are disconnected with the common population and are trying to make yourself seem like you know them), but when you are sitting across from a foreign national with the faith of the U.S. at hand, that cutesy and happy-smiley stuff isn't gonna fly.


Blogger Eric   October 3rd, 2008 8:49 am ET

Headline:
Palin does better than expected – Biden does better than Palin!


Dazie   October 3rd, 2008 8:49 am ET

" Redneck Mama " takes on worldly Gentleman and looozes!


D M Burke   October 3rd, 2008 8:50 am ET

I still need to go see Daddy and then I'll bring YA back some (facts/knowledge).

D M Burke
Cape Coral, FL


Joyce Mitchell   October 3rd, 2008 8:50 am ET

Biden won this debate because he gave the meat needed, while Palin gave only candy.


MISSY S   October 3rd, 2008 8:50 am ET

"Palin KICKED BUTT, but the Media will not tell you that!AND most of the American people are just too STUPID to check the facts"


Kat   October 3rd, 2008 8:50 am ET

Palin beat expecations and she did a good job? Which debate were they watching? Palin was horrible and I was embarassed for her. She just repeated her catch-phrases (wink, wink) and did not answer direct questions.

The American people cannot be naive and put this woman anywhere close to the White House.


trudi ramey   October 3rd, 2008 8:50 am ET

HEY JOE....Or should i call you Mr. vice president? I think the voice says it all....do you want to hear that for the next four years?


Frankie   October 3rd, 2008 8:50 am ET

Great Actress Palin Wins Oscar! Coached To Read a Script and She Nailed It! Style Not Substance! Acts As Good As Tina Fey!


C. Stearns   October 3rd, 2008 8:50 am ET

Headline: YOU GO GIRL!!!


Dorothy-Jean   October 3rd, 2008 8:51 am ET

Gov. Palin's responces were a good guess and I noticed that she responded like a robot, while Sen.Binden responces were a joke and 1/2 to half of the debate topics. Also Sen Binden responces were something from the past, I think both VP canadies need to do their homework and pay attention to what the people are saying about all the issues that we as americans are facing now and in the long run


Smart American   October 3rd, 2008 8:51 am ET

Re: last Night's Debate

Gov Palin came out looking like an amateur. She sounded rehearsed and coached. "Say the same things over and over again and drive the point directly to the people" we could almost hear her coaches saying. She dodged questions and kept harping on the same 3 issues like a parrot. I hope Americans are smart enough to realise this. Vote for McCain Palin if you can survive another four years of this mess. Winning someone else's war is not what we need. We need jobs.

Regards


Jim   October 3rd, 2008 8:51 am ET

"VP Debate: Too much 'Golly, gee whiz'"
or
"Palin at the debate:Fingernails on the Chalkboard"


rob oneill   October 3rd, 2008 8:51 am ET

Headline:
"Sara Phailin to Answer Any Questions Again"


Soccer Mom from Delaware   October 3rd, 2008 8:51 am ET

PALIN HOLDS HER GROUND, BIDEN CONTRADICTS HIMSELF

of course he's been doing that for years, you have to live in delaware to understand this. Vote for Obama/Biden and say good bye to whats left of your income. Sarah's common sense and book smart.... if she doesnt know the answer, she knows where to find it. Go Sarah!


Bryan   October 3rd, 2008 8:51 am ET

Low Expectations Pay Off or Palin!

Palin sqeaks by with high praises even though she had no substance and did not directly answer several questions.


GS   October 3rd, 2008 8:52 am ET

I am Republican and am so mad that Palin is so incompetent and cannot answer a question directly. Her "shout out" to 3rd graders was ridiculous. She was mechanical and so rehearsed. We do not care about ALASKA woman, what do you know about modern government?
Biden did an excellent job and was poised and composed. He did not stoop to bash her when he had EVERY opportunity to do so. Dems won this one hands down.


Michael   October 3rd, 2008 8:52 am ET

Palin Speaks Simple for Americin' Vote – This headline summarizes the folksy approach Palin took to appeal to the low-brow Republican base majority.


Rudy Leisering   October 3rd, 2008 8:52 am ET

I have been sitting on the fence for quite some time now, but no longer. I look at what the Republicans have done to our constitution, economy, and global stature and it makes me want to vote for Obama. But then I look at what Obama stands for, particularly second amendment rights, and I want to vote McCain.
Quite frankly, McCain is of an age that brings the question of mortality into play. Governor Palin is not ready to become president. Her performance, while not bad, was not great either. Hopefully “just not screwing up” has not become our standard for the presidency.
So, to the question of “did the debate change my mind?” Yes, it did. Governor Palin’s refusal to answer questions, her inability to anything other than follow a scripted message tells me that this person is not ready for the office of Vice President. McCain and Palin claim to be mavericks, what the debate showed is that they are willing to do anything to win. That isn’t maverick, that’s just more greasy politics.


Romulus   October 3rd, 2008 8:53 am ET

HEADLINE: In Your Face Tina Fey!


Jason Joiner   October 3rd, 2008 8:53 am ET

Wow, Palin Prepared By First Grade Alaskan Class

Last night she stumbled and bumbled, and failed to answer any questions presented to her. She did, however go off on incoherent rants every chance she had. As the night went on I was waiting for her to shout out "Polk High Football Rules". To steel a line, "we are all a little dumber for having listened to you." Biden was a we all expected.


Carol   October 3rd, 2008 8:53 am ET

Palin Goes "Nucular"!

Aren't 8 years enough of having the word "nuclear" mangled? I cringed every time I heard her say it.


Janiera Eldridge   October 3rd, 2008 8:53 am ET

I think that Palin didn't do horribly although she did prove to me once again she is not ready to be vice-president, Biden won this fight hands down.


mary   October 3rd, 2008 8:53 am ET

Palin's Performance: Winkin' Blinkin' and Odd


Angela Marino   October 3rd, 2008 8:53 am ET

My headline would read:

Sorry Palin, it's Working Mom not "Hockey Mom"


Mercedes Mongin Savannah Ga.   October 3rd, 2008 8:53 am ET

Are We Changing The White House Into A Stable?
If You Vote For The Maverick, Taxpayers Will Have To Provide Their Own Means For A Shovel And Hope It Comes With A Handle............

My Vote Is To House A President.

Mercedes


joe french   October 3rd, 2008 8:54 am ET

First thank you to Gwen Ifill for a good job. Joe Biden was excellent.Sarah Palin is falin in her answers and in the polls. I am not a registered voter yet but I will be today and all of the people I know that what Obama/Biden in the Oval office must know not voting only helps the other party. After hearing the debate I am convinced that McCain does not care for the American people. By hook or crook should be the repuplicans slogan. It goes back to Nixon/wtrgate to Bush recounting the votes in Florida where his brother Jed is Govenor. Do not let this happen again.


Gabriel   October 3rd, 2008 8:54 am ET

Palin Proves She Can Be Trained Like A Chimpanzee!


hapeterson   October 3rd, 2008 8:54 am ET

Six pack Sarah passes a hail mary she ducked and dived better than her Six Pack Joe.


johnny0095   October 3rd, 2008 8:54 am ET

Palin scores high makes for studying broucher on becoming Vice President


Lynn from Ohio   October 3rd, 2008 8:54 am ET

Paplin paddles out of predictiment


Debbie - Mobile, AL   October 3rd, 2008 8:54 am ET

HEY, BECAUSE MCCAIN HAS SO MANY HOMES HE CANT REMEMBER HOW MANY.....DO YOU THINK HE'D DONATE ONE
TO SOMEONE LOSING THEIRS???


Robert Horvath   October 3rd, 2008 8:54 am ET

I think Gov. Palin is more qualified to be Vice-President than Obama
is to be Pesident. At last we have a candidate you can understand.


Romulus - {Princeton}-   October 3rd, 2008 8:54 am ET

HEADLINE: Alaska, Alaska, Alaska I dream of Alaska.


Eddie pardo   October 3rd, 2008 8:55 am ET

Is it just me? or does Gov. Palin remind you of WKRP's Herb Tarleck's wife ? It is obvious even for the most simple minded person, that she is not a worthy candidate for V.P. She has no clue, and thats the last thing we need right now. Have we not learned about unqualified people in Government?? FEMA and Brownie is a good example, Republicans, don't follow party lines again on unqualified people just because they're likable or make you feel all warm inside, my grocery clerk is very likable but i wouldn't vote her in for office. I'm a Republican, at least i was until this new fiasco being pushed down our throats.


Pat Newman   October 3rd, 2008 8:56 am ET

I would swear this woman thought she was answering questions in a beauty pageant again with all the "hecks", winking and twinkling. This folksy approach may work with the Joe Sixpacks in Alaska, but I wonder what the cosmopolitan people in New York thought, or for that matter, Hillary Clinton. Can you imagine her being so unprofessional? Joe Biden won that contest by a mile but was too nice. He could have challenged her record as May and Governor (for instance, putting Wasilla 28 million dollars in debt when she left).


Janice Lewis   October 3rd, 2008 8:56 am ET

Governor Sarah Palin explains to Joe Six Pack:
"It's a toxic mess on Mainstreet that is affecting Wall Street". Gosh Darn, thanks for clearing that up, Gal.


Lacey Ferrero   October 3rd, 2008 8:56 am ET

Sarah,Palin-G in comparison to a Brilliant Biden!


sjones   October 3rd, 2008 8:56 am ET

I felt like i was watching "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas" – Palin doing The Texas two step and Binden looking irrated and confused at some of her answers


Dave   October 3rd, 2008 8:56 am ET

It scares me to think Sara Palin could be the leader of the Senate and a heart beat from the president seat. She is so out of her leage. Please Joe, tell me it is't so!!!!


Julie Burdine Indianapolis   October 3rd, 2008 8:56 am ET

I hope everyone is still keeping an open mind. This election and any election being about Republican vs. Democrat is so wrong. It is like rivalry between to sports teams ie; IU vs. Purdue. It has to be about the best person to run the country.

I think Obama will win at this point because of the young folks getting into this historic election year. Currently to me, and I may still change, Obama is "idealistic" not "realistic", and this I fear!!!

He has never been military, and he is wanting to be our commander in cheif???!!!! Has anyone polled our troops to see who they want? They are the ones in the middle of all these. I feel their opinions need to be considered by all of us. My gosh our nations security could be in more danger than ever. However; McCain may be to "peeved off" after being a POW and be more of a ticking bomb. OH my my my; our kids and grandkids future is sooo at stake here.

Please folks make wise decisions, no matter what, we are all in this together, we're either going up or down, but we'll all go the same direction.

I hope you decisions is only made on the candidates abilities, life experiences and realistic strategies, not on their party.


m   October 3rd, 2008 8:57 am ET

"Say it ain't so Palin" "dog gone it" you do the two step better than warren Sapp on dancing with the stars.


Forest   October 3rd, 2008 8:57 am ET

"McCain just another man taken in by THE WINK"
If your age allows you to put someone in position to run America just because she can flirt nonstop you should not be allowed to run the country yourself. We don't want your cheerleader McCain. Your choice for VP should not be from the groin. The future of our country is going to take brains not looks and flirty winks.


BL   October 3rd, 2008 8:57 am ET

I'm officially sick of hearing "maverick".


Michael   October 3rd, 2008 8:57 am ET

"Biden debates, Palin grandstands"


cj   October 3rd, 2008 8:57 am ET

My headline would be "Soccer Mom Drops the Ball". As a working middle class woman I am neither a "soccer mom" or married to" 6 pack Joe"....and her continued use of these terms to describe the "Middle Class" is a true indication of her lack of understanding about the largest group of taxpapers in the U.S. My husband and I were forced out of well paying jobs due to nothing more than corporate greed and are now working at just above minimum wage simply to get by...and we are the lucky ones. In my state as in many others, well educated taxpayers with years of knowledge and experience are being laid off by the hundreds every day only to find that the market is so flooded with unemployment that they must compete for even the simplest job. Try paying bills on unemployment benefits. I don't beleive that Govenor Palin or McCain have a clue about what it really feel like to send out hundreds of resumes or go on interviews with 150 people competing for one $9.00 and hr job. Neither cute winks, references to "6 pack Joe" or "Soccer Moms" will solve the mess that George Bush has gotten us into so instead of a "Maverick" who has stood side by side with the Bush administration and the "Soccer Mom in lipstick" I'll have to vote for the ticket that will actually work for ME..... Barack Obama and Joe Biden.


Dave   October 3rd, 2008 8:58 am ET

Sarah Palin actually wasn't bad, even if she did continuously evade the questions asked her, choosing instead to spout John McCain's campaign rhetoric. Joe Biden was simply better.


NancyFromWellington   October 3rd, 2008 8:58 am ET

HEADLINES: Palin wins Miss Congeniality
Biden wins the Crown


Wendy   October 3rd, 2008 8:58 am ET

"No failin' for Palin"


Jan   October 3rd, 2008 8:58 am ET

REMEMBER THE COURIC INTERVIEWS – THAT'S THE REAL PALIN!


hapeterson   October 3rd, 2008 8:58 am ET

Did not mention that she was more about herself than she was for McCain is she running for VP or president?


Kathie   October 3rd, 2008 8:58 am ET

Sarah Palin is down to earth, smart and just the type of fresh face I would love to see in Washington. Biden is just more of the ego – blow smoke Joe that we have in so many political figures. If we are lucky enough to have Sarah Palin in Washington I sincerely hope she uses her outstanding common sense to put those "good ole boys" in their place. I am tired of a bunch of self serving robots in suits making decissions for me – how nice it would be to have a common person to represent us. As far as I am concerned Sarah Palin is our only chance for real change. I also think it might be important to say I have always been a democrate but Palin has clearly shown me that this year for the first time I will vote for a republican.


Donna B   October 3rd, 2008 8:59 am ET

"Palin offered straight talk, Biden offered the same old stuff that Washington is sooooooo popular for! WAKE UP AMERICA! Saying McCain-Palin represent all Republicans is like saying Barney Frank likes Women!"


Chris   October 3rd, 2008 8:59 am ET

The VP Debates: Biden Plays Nice, Palin Dances Aound Some Key Issues. She calls herself a "Maveric" but I see more "Ice Man" than "Maveric"


renee from new york   October 3rd, 2008 8:59 am ET

- PALIN CONFIRMS- The McCain-Palin ticket have absolutely NO PLAN......for anything at all!


Jamaicanboi   October 3rd, 2008 9:00 am ET

And Palin's comment about being at it for “five week” sounds like that CEO that make, I think it was, 19million in three weeks. How proud can you be about saying something like dat?


Nellie   October 3rd, 2008 9:00 am ET

my headline would read "Palin sinks like a rock" she looked almost robotic at times, and was she reading from a teleprompter? I am sick and tired of her assuming that she has ANYTHING in common with the middle class soccer mom's of this country. In my eyes she is the equivilant of Darth Vader and McCain fills the position of the evil emperor just fine! Seriously, are we really going to be suckered by someone just because they say things like "way-to-go-Joe" or "gosh darn it"? Please, it couldn't be more obvious that she had been expertly and intensely trained to act exactly like she did. There was nothing sincere about her preformance. Kudos to the Cheney ,er McCain camp however, if they are successful we will have four more years of "Puppetry Politics"


Becky in PA   October 3rd, 2008 9:00 am ET

BIDEN WINS IS? YOU BETCHA!

This republican from PA has seen the light... the Obama/Biden ticket is the only real choice here. Game over.


Ed Adams   October 3rd, 2008 9:00 am ET

Palin's kung-fu was not strong (enough) against Biden.

Governor Palin had a great rapport with the camera and her cadence, but it was all fluff with very little substance.


Ellen Nixon   October 3rd, 2008 9:00 am ET

I believe for her first time national debate, Sarah did a wonderful job. She has True Grit! COME ON LADIES if any of you are up in a good position just think back, how hard it was to start out NEW and all the
things you had to learn Right off about the JOB. You may watch she
will do a TERRIFIC JOB. There is too much pick, pick, pick instead of
listening to what is really being said. GO FOR IT SARAH YOU DO
HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO HELP US MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE. We
need all your TRUE GRIT
please just sign Ellen


Luci   October 3rd, 2008 9:00 am ET

Palin was looking great and young. Biden was must of been worried about the great and young looking Palin because his lifeless expressions on his face was a sure sign of alot of Botox. I was not sure if I was looking a Biden or Kenny Rogers face.


Ken Butler   October 3rd, 2008 9:01 am ET

My Headline: Palin losses debate.

The reason people are going to vote for her is because she's a mother of 5 children. She kept saying she's like the average american family. I struggle everyday. Everyday families don't have head of households as Mayors or Governors. She is not a soccer mom. She works for the government, her husband is the soccer dad. America shouldn't feel sorry for her or vote for her just because she is a woman. Biden answered almost every question, Palin answered few and went off topic plenty of times. Ps Im a republican but I am definately voting for the democrats. I voted for the last president in both elections look where it has gotten USA.


Marisa   October 3rd, 2008 9:01 am ET

Gov. Palin was poised, articulate, and proved she's "got it together." Impressive. She pointed to specific examples of what she's done in the past and that she IS qualified. BTW, remember other "no name" governers who people thought wouldn't succeed...Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton. She's a winner!


Dale   October 3rd, 2008 9:01 am ET

She has an excellent memory
HEADLINE: PALIN SEEKS MORE POWER THAN CHENEY!!!


Robin   October 3rd, 2008 9:02 am ET

"Does Barbie Have a Brain"

All I heard was regurgitated party rhetoric. Training camp worked. Palin crammed in whatever they wanted her to address and she stuck to it. Does she just do what she's told or does she really have a brain! I don't want cute and folksy in the White House, I want honest, knowledgeable, assured, and skilled negotiators there.


Gail   October 3rd, 2008 9:02 am ET

In light of the McCain/Palin tax credit as a pretend healthcare plan, I would like to see if the reason Palin's daughter is waiting to marry her baby daddy is so that Sarah's State of Alaska heath insurance can pay for the birth. And then after the birth, will they be able to get married if neither has a job which provides affordable health insurance? Or will they join the throngs of other young people who cannot be married bc they can't get insurance? Kids who get caught by a pregnancy don't have the ability to earn enough money to be able to pay rent, buy food and neccessities, and have insurance. Not to mention daycare. An unmarried mom (many times with the baby daddy living undeclared with her) qualifies for rent subsidies, food subsidies, medicaid for kids (and herself if she is pregnant), child care subsidies and other such programs. She can't afford to be marries. I would like for someone to dare ask Sarah and John how they can justify this? Would Sarah like to see her daughter living like this?


Gabriel   October 3rd, 2008 9:02 am ET

Palin: Wink’ in, Blink’ in and Nod zzzzzzzzz


Frankie   October 3rd, 2008 9:02 am ET

McCain Channels Through Palin : Nothing New to Report!


Kani   October 3rd, 2008 9:02 am ET

Gov. Sarah Palin.....Still the Republican Party's 'Hood Ornament' or a 'street corner marionette' waving a flag in one hand and a McCain placard in the other...............you be the judge!


Dave   October 3rd, 2008 9:03 am ET

It scares me to think Palin could be leader of the senate let alone be a heart beat from the presidents seat. Joe, tell me it isn' t so!!!!


James Greenen   October 3rd, 2008 9:03 am ET

Pull the string and liston to Barbie Palin resite her canned answers, maybe (with luck) she will answer the question that was ask to her.


John   October 3rd, 2008 9:05 am ET

I like the honesty of Gov. Palin. She spoke her opinions and didn't side step questions by saying, like Sen. Biden did, Barack Obama believes...... or Barack Obama will do..... I wanted to know what would Sen Biden do!

I thought it was supposed to be a debate so we could compare the opinions and aswers of the Vice Presidential candidates. It was impossible to tell just how Sen. Biden would influence the Democratic Presidential Candidate with his experience. It was almost like he didn't want to express an independent opinion.

I came away not knowing what Sen. Biden believed or would do as second in command of our government. It caused me to change my vote. I will go with McCain/Palin in November now.


Nancy Alison   October 3rd, 2008 9:05 am ET

CONTROL AND DESTRUCTION – Palin did much better than Biden in the overall debate as she spoke to the people. Don't think crooks and liars have any place in this country's government. Just check the records and see for your self how the Obama campaign has distorted their records. Ask yourself what is their real agenda? This election is not about race or gender, its about the control and destruction of the United States of American and all we stand for.


Doug   October 3rd, 2008 9:05 am ET

Biden and Ifill look on while Palin cross examines herself.


Matt E   October 3rd, 2008 9:05 am ET

The VP Candidates Bump Heads - it hurt!

Palin, Biden Bump Heads - ow!


Dave Best   October 3rd, 2008 9:05 am ET

Sarah Palin was solid, I will give her that much. But truth be told, Joe Biden was on-the-spot with every comment he made. He displayed more leadership than John McCain did during his debate performance last week. Joe's winning smile didn't hurt either!


Stephanie   October 3rd, 2008 9:06 am ET

Palin won and you libs are too scared to admit it. She has a personality and that is unsettling to you libs. And as far as Robin & company go, you guys are right there with the weak libs. You should report the news and quit adding your two cents to who you are supporting. I'm really sick of all the media. You only give the sound bites you want, I watched the debate last night and you are trying to make her sound like an idiot. She was polished and knowledgable. Biden, if he has any more face lifts, his ears are going to meet in the back, and whats up with his devil eyes?


Susan   October 3rd, 2008 9:06 am ET

Paline Rocks! Biden Sinks! As Hockey Mom Scores for the Mavericks!


Deb n Texas   October 3rd, 2008 9:06 am ET

Joe Biden answered the questions from intellect and Sarah Palin answered the question from about 6 memorized paragraphs, which included, Israel, Iraq, the economy, Afganistan and Pakistan, energy and her mud-slinging. That is what they prepared her with – it didn’t matter what Gwen Ifill asked – these 6 things were her responses. The people including journalist who are saying that she did good are people with the same mentality as Palin who couldn’t see the big picture. I thank God everyday that he blessed me with a little intelligence.


pat   October 3rd, 2008 9:07 am ET

Paulin suffers from eye disease-one eye icontinually winks


Rhianna   October 3rd, 2008 9:07 am ET

“Puppet Pailn, still “Biden” time… “

Honestly, if TV and movies have taught us anything; it is that anyone can play a practiced pre-scripted role… Also, there will always be bad actors, and actresses… So is the show really worth the price of the ticket in the end?


Kani   October 3rd, 2008 9:07 am ET

Gov. Sarah Palin .......her answers went from 'vague' to 'evasive' to 'no' substantial answer what so ever! I viewed it as 'rote discertations' of memorized answers from the 'cheat sheet' she obviously was able to obtain prior to air time!


Tommi   October 3rd, 2008 9:08 am ET

Give that woman a break. Your making a decision on how she pronounces Nuclear. It is what they call an accent. Palin is one of us. A woman with the same problems, lifestyles, and faults that we all have. No one has the right to judge her because of a word. Let's all face it, she is the best move for our country. The best move to understand what the average person goes through on a daily basis and knows how to solve them. SHE IS FOR THE PEOPLE. After only 6 weeks in the running let me tell you, she has my vote. I can relate to her and her policies. I think it is hard for the American public to accept a woman that has more knowledge than some men. T


CH   October 3rd, 2008 9:08 am ET

I did not find her slang and crude language endearing at all. I would not expect my children's teachers to talk to the public like that, let alone a VP candidate. Heaven help us all if she is put in the White House. Didn't anyone notice that she never answered a tough question? She is just plain frightening!


C Razim   October 3rd, 2008 9:08 am ET

Palin on script – - – - – - beyond expectation!

Palin unscripted – - – - priceless!!!!!


Amy McCrea from Florida   October 3rd, 2008 9:08 am ET

My headline would read: "Palin answers questions coherently even if they had nothing to do with the questions asked of her!"


Frankie   October 3rd, 2008 9:08 am ET

1) PALIN PARACHUTE MISSES WHITE HOUSE LAWN!

2) PALIN DEFINES PETER PRINCIPAL TO PERFECTION!

3) PALIN PUSHES PAST POLICIES OF McCAIN. TIME MACHINE BACK-ORDERED SO REPUBLICAN TICKET CAN RIDE AGAIN!


Joyce Harrington   October 3rd, 2008 9:09 am ET

Well, once again I have been insulted and disrespected by the Republicans! First, they intimated that Palin was the VP choice, so that the woman supporting Hillary Clinton had a woman to vote for. Am I so dumb that I only vote for candidates based on gender, or race, or whatever. I actually understand the issues and am waiting to hear what candidates have to say. Second, I am a hard working middle class person who does not drink beer or attend hockey games, so if they want to make me feel like I am "just like them", or better yet, "they're just like me", they need to do a better job. For now, I still see McCain and Palin too attached to the Bush administration and I for one need a CHANGE.


Diane   October 3rd, 2008 9:09 am ET

Both candidates did well. I am pleased that Governor Palin spoke direct and towards the issues. Senator Baiden did nothing but attack the political platform of McCain & Palin. What does Obama and he stand for? What is their game plan for change?

I am appalled at Katie Kouric. She will never be Barbara Walters as she cannot leave her personal beliefs at the door. Again she was biased in her presentation of what happened and clearly was against Palin; report the facts, treat the candidates with equal respect, and stop your childish editorials. Grow-up Katie and put your petty jealousy aside.


Eddie from FLA.   October 3rd, 2008 9:09 am ET

HEADLINE " Numbing Medication for America's illness: NOMcAIN"
Not recomended for pigs with lipstick.


Rod   October 3rd, 2008 9:09 am ET

Palin should really stop using the word "maverik" because its getting old and I dont think the high school education she has let her know what a maverik is, the definition is a independent person: an independent thinker who refuses to conform to the accepted views on a subject, so if this is what they are (her and Mcain) quote "We are Maverik's" then they are on the wrong ticket, should'nt they be running independent instead of republican? She also did not answer direct , she always went backwards to a question earlier in the debate, and she had the nerve to tell Sen. Biden that he kept going backwards about true facts. How far back did she go Ronald Regan now that's far back enough to make you sick.


Greg - Pa.   October 3rd, 2008 9:10 am ET

After successful limbo of 10 foot high performance bar, Sarah Palin cries, "So easy a cavewoman could do it!"


Sarah   October 3rd, 2008 9:12 am ET

McCain/Palin will give the MIDDLE CLASS money to CORPORATE America while talking like a redneck and winking at us, to show she can identify with us and what she's putting us through.....good thing she's so GOSH DARN cute!!! *wink* ;0) Go Obama/Biden....


Jason D.   October 3rd, 2008 9:12 am ET

Old man and Redneck Princess enter the 8 sided circle of doom.. and have tea.


Pam S.   October 3rd, 2008 9:13 am ET

Way to go Sarah Palin!!! That's what we need, a fresh face with hope and real life ideas of what our country REALLY needs. Whether we are Democratic or Republican, we all know that all of our problems didn't just start in the last few years. (unless of course, you are in denial) It is a proven fact that BOTH parties have made bad judgements in the past, which in fact, have led us to where we are today. We need to come together as one and fight this as a team. The fact is, that we are not going to need to worry about health care, education, the economy, etc ..... if, in fact, we do not have a country in which to fight for!!! Wake up people. COUNTRY FIRST!! It's OK to have differences, that's what makes us all unique, but hopefully we all want the same results in the end. No one likes war-it's horrible, but we are the stupid ones if we can't see what's happening-THEY are silent and disciplined and laying in wait for us to fail. Do you want to explain to your children and grandchildren one day that we could have saved our country, if only we had of fought for it? This isn't the first war that has been fought that the American people didn't agree on, but it is one of those necessary steps in protecting and saving our country. God be with ALL of our troops whether Democratic or Republican. We are ONE!!! And finally, who really cares if "nuclear" isn't procounced to your liking? We are ALL different, our languages, our skin color, our religious beliefs, it's OK. If that's all that you've got to complain about, I can expect you to vote for McCain/Palin!!!


Jo C.   October 3rd, 2008 9:13 am ET

I want to know what the Palen household made last year by seeing a tax return disclosure. She kept calling herself middle class and classifying herself as one of "us" who sits around the kitchen table fretting about our various scary economic situations. I don't believe her.


M   October 3rd, 2008 9:13 am ET

Headline: "Biden is ridin' high with Obama after Debate – McCain is Palin and fadin' after getting 'Wash'ed Up in St. Louis".


kathy   October 3rd, 2008 9:14 am ET

This should be the headline:

SERIALLY PREGNANT MOOSEKILLER, INCOMPETENT AIRHEAD ATTEMPTS TO COMPENSATE FOR BREADTH & DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE WITH CUTESY SAYINGS, SHOUTOUTS & WINKS

Palin dodged questions, had no real knowledge base, only rehearsed, canned lines. So telling was the one line when Biden said that McCain voted with him; he was THERE. Sarah watched at home or only read about it (or did she, re: what newspapers do you read?)
Sick to death of Alaska references. Alaska is NOT Main Street. They are different & they appear to like it that way. Palin refuses to understand that 4/5 people live in or near a major urban center or suburbia.
She was a total embarrassment again, even w/o the gaffes. An empty Airhead with cutesy sayings. My God, it's GWB with overused ovaries!!!!


Lois   October 3rd, 2008 9:14 am ET

Full marks Biden for respectfull debate with Sarah Palin, shame on you Palin for your condesending attitude to Senator Biden!!!


Sarah   October 3rd, 2008 9:14 am ET

Headline.... "Good thing she's so Gosh Darn cute, because that's Sarah Palin has going for her"


Cliff   October 3rd, 2008 9:14 am ET

Gwen i have brought along my own questions that i'll be answering tonight,did you get the copy i forwarded to you.


art todriff   October 3rd, 2008 9:15 am ET

well as a catholic i hope Biden goes to church today ,to pray for all the lies. he told , and Palin did good and the so called free press trying
to tell what we heard , like we are a bunch of grammer school; kids


Pam   October 3rd, 2008 9:15 am ET

Palin needed to answer the questions that were asked of her and not what she wants to talk about. My headline would be: PALIN CONFUSED DEBATE WITH BEAUTY PAGEANT, WITH HER WINKING AND TRYING TO BE FLIRTY.


Daniel Smith   October 3rd, 2008 9:17 am ET

I watched the Biden/Palin debate last night and while it did not turn out to be the epic battle it was hyped up to be it definately solidified my decison of who I will be voting for. Palin may be a capable and effective govenor, but she is not even close to being a heart beat away from the presidency of the United States. Her Joe six pack approach and folksy talk was annoying. I also hated her occational little wink, how trashy is that. Palin seemed to avoid answering most of the questions and kept referring to the Maverick ticket. Several time I had to shake my head to make sure I really heard what she said, babble, babble, babble. As a life long Republican, a Desert Storm veteran and a retired member of the USAF I am here to say I will be voting for the Obama/Biden ticket. We need to right this ship and more of the same is not the change we need. Wake up America this is our chance to send a message that we really care about our country. The message will be a shot across the bow of the Congress and Senate that if they continue in their ways we the people will replace them too.


Ken   October 3rd, 2008 9:17 am ET

Sarah came to St.Louis loaded for moose....and got one! Bless her heart. Would have liked to see her dress it too.


Linda   October 3rd, 2008 9:18 am ET

Palin's "gosh darn it" attitude was so demeaning and stupid! Can you imagine her as VP (and she wants more power than Cheney!) sitting in the Senate winking to the members? She never seemed to take the event seriously. Yea, she had her cheat sheets but only chose to answer the questions she liked. The image of her debating an issue with a foreign dignitary is too scary for words!
The first part of the debate - instead of talking about McCain - she talked about herself, Alaska and what she thinks she's accomplished there. It's not about her ... The debate was about McCain! ... Dangerous and with many agendas ... Ah, shucks, just ignore the McPains!


Jim Knight, Glennie, MI   October 3rd, 2008 9:19 am ET

Bubba Palin Held Her Own With Senator Biden !
Is her cutsy, folksy, winking demeanor going to help our image in the world, or hinder it ? It was a transparent attempt at imitating Folksy Ronald Reagan. She is no Ronald Reagan
I hope she would not act this way with foreign leaders.
Last night was a popularity contest ! She did not come across as Presidential to me.


Rick, Lisa and Jeff   October 3rd, 2008 9:21 am ET

Straight Talk ? Not from John McSame and Sarah Failin'


Sarah   October 3rd, 2008 9:21 am ET

Palin won the dodgeball game, but Biden slam dunked her in the end


Chris - PA   October 3rd, 2008 9:23 am ET

Palin wins buy a Wasilla mile!!!


bernice14   October 3rd, 2008 9:23 am ET

Biden & Obama throw America a lifeline; Palin & McCain still barely treading water


Sherry Campbell   October 3rd, 2008 9:24 am ET

Palin's achilles heel? She's a dope.


Elizabeth   October 3rd, 2008 9:24 am ET

Smart v. Smartass: Biden Shows Class, Palin Shows Asinine


Walter   October 3rd, 2008 9:24 am ET

"Biden Wins Debate;
Palin Wins Miss Congeniality"


Cynthia   October 3rd, 2008 9:24 am ET

Maybe Palin doesn't know a lot, but is folksy, likeable and someone you just want to sit down with. Did we already try this? His name is George Bush.


Carlos   October 3rd, 2008 9:24 am ET

Palin is always scared to find the truth of the future of our troops. She is also worried about what others is going to say about the mistakes of the government to keep the troops in iraq. Is time to be strong and make the right decision and put the people of the US above the political issues and agendas.


Danielle Campbell   October 3rd, 2008 9:24 am ET

My headline: "Wink, wink, nude, nudge, say no more."


Beverly Bean   October 3rd, 2008 9:25 am ET

HEADLINE: Was Palin' Ailin', Bailin' or Failin'?


Will   October 3rd, 2008 9:25 am ET

Palin No Experience Protects Image but fails McCain.


John   October 3rd, 2008 9:25 am ET

"MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING"


Richard Chew   October 3rd, 2008 9:26 am ET

Here's a headline!!!

It's a Tie...
Palin Wins With Bluster,
Biden Wins With Substance!!!


Annette   October 3rd, 2008 9:26 am ET

"Is it her bangs in her eye or is winking just her strategy? Get a haircut Sarah!"


Joe Draughn   October 3rd, 2008 9:27 am ET

My headline for the Biden-Palin Debate would be

Annoying questions interrupt Palin's
Story: "You Betcha."


Joy B   October 3rd, 2008 9:27 am ET

VP CANDIDATES: EXPERIENCE OR INEXPERIENCE? That is still the issue. Biden quoted facts. Palin dodged the questions. And, did you hear Palin say she would like to give the VP "more authority?" Biden responded well reminding her and the audience that the VP's responsibilities are outlined in the US Constitution, as a moderator and tie breaker – not an "authority" over Congress! Palin clearly does not know much about the job for which she is asking us to elect her. Please CNN – report the truths about last night's debate.


Michelle Minor   October 3rd, 2008 9:27 am ET

Headline – Did McCain's "Stepford Candidate" pull it off?


Phil   October 3rd, 2008 9:27 am ET

"Maverick ?" Enough said.


Lisa P   October 3rd, 2008 9:28 am ET

"Maverick" can't pronounce NUCLEAR either!


Dave   October 3rd, 2008 9:28 am ET

Sara Palin for Vice President and Head of the senate? Tell me it isn't so Joe! The idea Palin could be in this position, scares me.


Mark   October 3rd, 2008 9:28 am ET

"Debate Result – Don"t Step In It"


John   October 3rd, 2008 9:28 am ET

What I saw last night was a woman who has a good heart and great intentions however lacks experience in the political arena. It was clear to me that should something "catastrophic" happen which would put her in the driver's seat this country would be in terrible shape! God Bless her and her intentions and her guts but lets get some more experience.

John
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan


Blas   October 3rd, 2008 9:29 am ET

Sarah Pale(s) – In comparison to Joe.

OR

Undecided voters Buy'd in (Biden) to Obama ticket.


Christal   October 3rd, 2008 9:29 am ET

I think Palins fake smile and facial twitches made her look weak and unsure of the reasons behind her position. She did speak strongly but seemed slightly smug. I am NOT a hockey mom, NOT from Alaska, NOT a "pitbull" but I am part of the American workforce, and am a full-time student working to better the world in which I live and I wish she would address the many people in this nation who aren't JUST LIKE HER.


Virginia Parker   October 3rd, 2008 9:30 am ET

The Palin Express!
I disagree with CNN analysis. I have been undecided until last night. For the first time in 49 years, I actually watched an entire debate. Sarah impressed me as someone that will keep her focus on the middle class and lower. She talks like me, not like a politician. John McCain should thank Sarah for her help because she changed many minds last night. I'm looking forward to seeing her influence in the White House!


Tom H.   October 3rd, 2008 9:30 am ET

BIden strong in debate Sarah "Pale in" comparison


Offended by Palin   October 3rd, 2008 9:30 am ET

Palin Offends Intelligent Women: Wink and Fake Southern Accent Annoying and Condescending


Dave from SB   October 3rd, 2008 9:30 am ET

Biden Demolishes Scripted Palin

Palin seemed mechanical, sticking to memorized stock answers to reply to the moderator's questions. When she came to a problem she hadn't rehearsed an answer for, such as Biden talking about the wife and child he lost in a car accident, she seemed lost and quickly moved on to an unrelated talking point. It was really sad.

Joe Biden, on the other hand, ran circles around her. His answers were clear, concise, and very on topic. I was really impressed.


NancyFromWellington   October 3rd, 2008 9:30 am ET

Conservative Newspaper Headline:
Palin Says Gays OK?

Now that we have sort of gotten beyond Black/White, Men/Women we are starting to see a new division. Dumb vs intelligent. Anyone who truly feels that besides being a cute, woman, Palin is intelligent enough to be VP scares me more than Palin.


LauraRoslinforPresident   October 3rd, 2008 9:30 am ET

What Credit Crunch? Americans Get Extra Credit!

Like my name says, I'd rather vote in a fictional character than what the ballot offers. Thanks to McCain & his parrot Palin for believing in the American worker. Not to sound cynical but why? Where's the work ethic? Besides, there's no jobs for many. Their "belief" is a condecendsing way to get those that are working to be happy automatons to pay off the debt.


D Burke   October 3rd, 2008 9:30 am ET

Palin is pain !!
She scares me because she is unqualified and extreme. I cannot understand why people think she will be able to be a Vice President or President... she cannot speak with proper sentence construct and just rambles on with folksy sayings. She is "fluff" rather than substance.


Chip B   October 3rd, 2008 9:31 am ET

Headline from VP debate. "DID PALINS [SHOUT-OUT] TO HER PEOPLE HELP YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR'


Paul Rice   October 3rd, 2008 9:31 am ET

Palin – "Can I call you JOE – six-pack?"


Tracy   October 3rd, 2008 9:31 am ET

Military Mom's say no to Palin...... Yes to Biden.....

Palin dodges the answer to the questions it was a hockey game to her not answering the questions because she doesn't know the answers........Get a life Palin and learn what the middle class really wants.....


Julie   October 3rd, 2008 9:32 am ET

Politicians vs. Truth Sayers

I thought both VP candidates did well, but I can't get past the fake, shallow smiles of both Biden and Obama in their debate performances. They both come across as typical politicians...easily swayed and saying the same old political rhetoric. Palin and McCain both come across as genuine people and deeply motivated to reform political waste in Washington. They seem trustworthy and their past performances in politics seem to prove them so. And, yes to the person who pointed this out in her blog, I heard Biden flip-flop his answer on the gay rights marriage answer after Palen had the guts to make her views clear. That was a good example of the point I'm trying to make, politicians vs. truth sayers.


Paul   October 3rd, 2008 9:32 am ET

"Just answer the question, Governor!"

Gov. Palin's lack of experience and, more importantly, knowledge was clearly evident. There were at least three questions that she didn't answer at all. If she really wanted to "talk straight" to the American people she would have answered those tough questions. If a crisis were to occur and she had to assume the presidency, she wouldn't have the luxury of handling only the problems she has knowledge of or feels comfortable with.


odog   October 3rd, 2008 9:32 am ET

Local area nursing home man escapes from day room and ends up in Vice Presidential debate. Man sounded delusional and out of touch with reality.


GILBERT   October 3rd, 2008 9:32 am ET

AS AN INDEPENDENT, I MUST SAY....WHY DINT THE MODERATOR REQUEST ANSWERS FROM PALIN?
PALIN SUCCEEDED IN SETTING HER AGENDA, BY IGNORING THE QUESTIONS AND STICKING TO HER INDEX CARDS FOR HELP.. THIS COULD BE AN EXAMPLE OF HOW SHE AND McCAIN WOULD LEAD…...IGNORING THE ISSUES AND SETTING HER AGENDA….ISISNT THAT WHAT WE’VE SEEN FROM OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT & VP??


CasSandra TX   October 3rd, 2008 9:32 am ET

"Giant chickes are taking over the world! Quick palin how do we fight them?
Palin: Well its not about fighting its about taxes!"


John   October 3rd, 2008 9:32 am ET

"THE RAIN IN SPAIN LAY MAINLY ON THE PLAIN"! BY GEROGE I BELIEVE SHE GOT IT! GOVERNOR PALIN MADE A GOOD SHOW B UT STILL NOT ENOUGH EXPERINECE. PRETTY TO LOOK AT, NICE TO HOLD, IF YOU ELECT HER MARK IT SOLD!!!!!

jj/ MICHIGAN


Aaron R.   October 3rd, 2008 9:33 am ET

"Sarah Palin to Homer Simpson: 'It was NUCULAR'"


Mark   October 3rd, 2008 9:33 am ET

Trying again,

"Debate Result – Don't Step In It"


Stephanie   October 3rd, 2008 9:35 am ET

"Palin pulls a power punch to babbling Biden"


Lady Biker   October 3rd, 2008 9:35 am ET

WHATS IN A WORD???

So Sarah cant pronounce nuclear. Dan Quayle couldnt pronounce POTATO to suit everyone and I dare any of you who live in delaware, to correctly pronounce N-E-W-A-R-K or H-O-U-S-T-O-N. Quit nitpicking and listen to what the woman has to say.


Gabriel   October 3rd, 2008 9:35 am ET

Sarah: Pal In Comparison To Biden


Peter Beyt   October 3rd, 2008 9:36 am ET

Palin surprises public by being “Mediocre”

Does her answers mean she will not directly answer any public question when she doesn't feel like it?
Shouldn’t we expect more form someone in this office.


Cristy   October 3rd, 2008 9:36 am ET

Biden from the Heart, Palin Transparent

We can see right through her and do they really think the women of the United States are falling for this?


Aaron R.   October 3rd, 2008 9:36 am ET

After seeing that, and God forbid something happens to either President Elect, I can't see Palin answering for our country. The hockey mom bit won't go over with terrorists.


Tony Byrd   October 3rd, 2008 9:36 am ET

My headline would be

2 debates and media lips still on Obama but


Joe Draughn   October 3rd, 2008 9:37 am ET

I watched the debate last night, expecting a serious discussion of vital issues by both candidates; instead, Sarah Palin sounded like she was running for den mother of a colloge sorority. My headline would be: "You Betcha": Annoying questions interrupt Palin Story


Susie from Arkansas   October 3rd, 2008 9:37 am ET

We're all Friends! Sarah connects with the American People.


Jody Yates   October 3rd, 2008 9:37 am ET

GOP Puppeteers Survive VP Debate: Dodge Direct Questions


Tracie   October 3rd, 2008 9:37 am ET

Why is the media so afraid to tell both sides of the facts! I haven't anyone in the main stream media talk about acorn. Why are yall so afraid? Do they think that we " The American" people don't have a right to hear all the facts?


If at first you don't suceed...Palin Try Again!!   October 3rd, 2008 9:39 am ET

I am a firm Obama supporter, but I will admit Palin did ok. She got all her lines in whether or not they had anything to do with the question. When she spoke I didn't have the strong urge to yell out "come to the light Carry Ann..come to the light".

But when everyone says you're going to get an F and you end up acing a D, that's exceeding expectations, but by no means is that doing good.


Linda--Southern California   October 3rd, 2008 9:39 am ET

After being thrust in the spot light and having 5 weeks to prepare for a National Debate against a career politician.....McCain/Palin have my vote. She exceeded my expectations of knowing the issues and was prepared with the vision of her future boss and her party to get this country back on track.


Janet   October 3rd, 2008 9:39 am ET

Gee golly willikers. If the pitbull wants to run with the big dogs, she better lift her leg a little higher. The terrifying (but very real) prospect of her being the President if McBush should win; does she think winking and being "folksy" is going to make a positive impression on world leaders who have genuine concerns, and don't want to hear about her kids soccer match? America needs to regain status in the world. With her up there, even in second place, they'll be all over us like vultures on a carcass.


Scott   October 3rd, 2008 9:39 am ET

"Beauty Succumbs to the Beast"
Sarah Palin's style and down-home, winking, earthiness could not overcome the experienced substance of Joe Biden last night. Biden held back his gab reflex and delivered a commanding performance.


Disbeliever   October 3rd, 2008 9:39 am ET

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR!
I'm so gun shy that no matter what they both said, I could not believe that they had our best interest in mind or anyone else on the Hill. Look what the "knowledgeable" politicians have done to us so far!!
I do, however, have more belief in Biden and the dems than the opposing party who has had 8 miserable years to fulfill their promise of "better times." Guess what??? No accomplishment there. I heard enough of that cutesy tone from Palin as well.


ATL - Payne   October 3rd, 2008 9:39 am ET

What’s the BIG Deal? So, Palin spoke well. Obviously she should. She has been rehearsing since joining the ticket. It was her moment, her night. But, what did she really say? Absolutely nothing! A high-level overview with finger pointing that didn’t provide solutions to issues is not what I call being informed. Not answering questions and continuously addressing issues that she was comfortable in does not make her great. It was simply a soccer mom’s performance. So with that, yes, she did as well as expected. But, when debating a force such as Biden, there was no comparison and if it wasn’t for the ticket, she NEVER should have been on the same stage. She was out matched, out witted and offers nothing for our country.
So when does a cute face with a great smile win an election? This is NOT a beauty pageant? She’s a heartbeat from the Presidency! So, I caution all of you Soccer Moms – There’s a place for Palin and it is not in Washington! Maybe motivational speaking is her calling.

Thanks Palin, I was in line for early voting at 6:45am waiting on the doors to open at 8:30am. My vote will count and you should go back counting seals and whales!


Carlos F.   October 3rd, 2008 9:39 am ET

Can I call you Joe? Cuz I practiced a good one i wanna use later.


Tameka   October 3rd, 2008 9:40 am ET

Palin was a bit rehearsed and did not convince me that everything said was something she actually believed in last night. I did not agree with everything Biden said but felt at a minimum he believes in his statements.

Here it is America... We need people in Washington that give directions NOT take them. And for the citizens in America please do WAKE UP, forget whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, please I beg you to focus on the issues, Who will make the country better? I consider myself an Independent but I am leaning towards Obama/Biden ticket and not for any reason other than combined I get Experience and Intelligence with those two, McCain and Palin nothing against them but I dont believe they can do it, its not their time,,, -Obama/Biden '08.


Patrick   October 3rd, 2008 9:40 am ET

Debate Club results: Freshman Palin passed, but Senior Biden gets an A.


MSG Retired Gary E. Jordan   October 3rd, 2008 9:40 am ET

Biden makes numerious misquotes concerning McCain's voting record including the 1st amendment. Why won't CNN "The Most Trusted Name In News" report it. This is a score card changer.


Cateland White   October 3rd, 2008 9:40 am ET

Just Answer The Damn Questions!

I had to go take a Xanax because I got so damn frustrated waiting for Palin to answer a question. Have we gone so far down the drain that someone better suited to be Jerry Springer's co -host is a serious VP candidate?


BAMBAM727   October 3rd, 2008 9:41 am ET

I really can't believe what I see and hear at times when people actually think that Sarah Palin is ready for the Whitehouse. She does NOT impress me or most people I speak with so I really wonder who these supporters are. She is an intermediate level politician at best and what she did in Alaska was more stepping in Moose crap than anything else. Some times you have to use the KISS method. Keep it simple stupid. Look at the facts. She is a bible thumping creationist and proud of it. That in itself should concern anyone with thought capacity. Additionally she sounds like fingers being dragged across a chaulk board and this analogy was made by three women not me. SNL just made the best case against her with the skit they did in reference to her interview with Katie Couric. It is so annoying to hear her repeat the same propaganda over and over. Biden does it at times also but not anything near what she does. She is a freakin trained monkey. I love this country and I will support whoever wins this election. That being said it better be decided by the people this time and if we continue down this scandalous road there will be no helping whoever the next president is.

P.S. ****** GOBAMA 08 ******


Vanessa   October 3rd, 2008 9:42 am ET

Hot of the Press: Biden; Still stuck in the past, Palen; Looking to the future.


mutzi   October 3rd, 2008 9:42 am ET

On the Palin/Biden debate last night put me in a bind. Why is that?
As Deaf person with a Master's degree in Communication/ Language major-Just hearing Ms Palin use the word "ain't so..." in her language just gives me the idea of how backwards her understanding of the English language.
Professionally using the word "Ain't so..."in a speech is a HUGE NO-NO


richard w   October 3rd, 2008 9:42 am ET

What would have happend if Joe would have walked over and took her notes


Kevin G From Missouri   October 3rd, 2008 9:43 am ET

I was so pleased with Sarah's ability to show good stern leadership. She is just the right balance this country needs so badly and someone who is fresh that can work with democrats,republicans,liberals and independants,not just the same old democrat finger pointing that always goes on. Everyone needs to remember that congress is ruled by a majority of democrats right now. Sarah comes from good strong family values moral and ethical. Biden seemed to show a sign of nervousness on facial expressions and some questions that is not a sign of leadership ,that is a sign of deceit. I hope america will wake up and see Mcain Palin


James   October 3rd, 2008 9:43 am ET

My headline for last night would be:

PALIN PASSES QUIZ BUT STILL NOT UP TO TEST!

I would bet she met or exceeded many folk’s expectations for last night, especially within her own party, my hat off to her debate camp councilors. However, with a lot of studying, many people can pass a quiz. This election is not about a quiz, it is about the next four years, our future and our children's future. That will be the real test for our next administration.

James
Frankfort, KY


Mary   October 3rd, 2008 9:44 am ET

Headline:

PALIN...GOD HELP US!


Mary D   October 3rd, 2008 9:44 am ET

If we want to be fair in our grading of the debate last night let's look at it from a different view. On one side we have the professor (Senator Biden) with 30 some odd years of political debates etc.. And on the other hand in comparison we have the student (Govenor Palin) who is the student simply because on the day she was born Senator Biden had already started planning his political career!! Now basing it on that time frame who really won the debate last night? Let's just say we need to get our grading scales equal here! Go Sarah!


Kathey ONeal   October 3rd, 2008 9:45 am ET

My headline for a newspaper today would read;

AMERICA WAKEUP!!!!

I have constantly heard that Sarah Palin is not experienced, yet if you check her track record as Governor, she has done a great job! However, she came up with the ideas doesn't matter, she has accomplished what was necessary to improve her state with the priority being the residents of Alaska. Can the American people not see how this would benefit the nation? I think this is what Sarah Palin was trying to get aross last night and she did a great job. Joe Biden is extremely boring! I still believe in the old saying "You do not have to be that smart if you surround yourself with smart people." The presidential staff has enough advisers to research every topic and find viable solutions, but you must have a person that has the will and interest of the American people as their priority to choose the best solution that is presented which I think Sarah Palin and John McCain would do. Wake up America! You wanted a candidate that would put us first and when McCain left the campaign to go to Washington to vote on the bailout which is noted as a major crisis, then everyone reacted negatively by focusing on the fact that he may not be at the debate with Obama. Everyone needs to make up their mind what they really want.. Biden made the comment about one of the things we need to consider is how to bail out people who are losing their homes. That's great if you give a person a new loan, but how are they supposed to pay for it if they have lost their job? So I stand with Sarah Palin regarding the tax breaks for the corporations so they can do more hiring and prosper since it trickles down to us. I have been told that my job will end in November. I don't need a bailout on my home.....I need a new job!


Nancy   October 3rd, 2008 9:45 am ET

Middle Class Insult – I am middle class and her unprofessional speaking and overall lack of knowledge are insulting to me. Does John McCain think that because I am middle class I am ignorant and that she appeals to me because she can talk about six pack Joe's and use the word doggone. You can be middle class, down to earth and still be educated and professional.


Jeff   October 3rd, 2008 9:45 am ET

Palin beats expectations for breathing, coherence


BAMBAM727   October 3rd, 2008 9:45 am ET

Mrs. Palin
We the middle class would like to help you.

Definition
ANSWER: a spoken or written reply or response to a question. ex:He sent an answer to my letter promptly.

You would think after attending 5 colleges she would already know this. Oh and if you're speaking to me the middle class, answer the damn question!!!!!!!!!!!!!


N. Grenell   October 3rd, 2008 9:47 am ET

It'll Take More Than A Wink and a Nod to Get'r Done!


Ru   October 3rd, 2008 9:47 am ET

"Oh Joooooe" Palin's Tina Faye Moment


JT   October 3rd, 2008 9:47 am ET

Palin: I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!:


BAMBAM727   October 3rd, 2008 9:47 am ET

"Biden=A++ Palin=summer school"


Kit   October 3rd, 2008 9:48 am ET

Alaska govenor inpalins self in debate while Obama abidens his time.


Alex   October 3rd, 2008 9:48 am ET

HEADLINE: PALIN WANT A CRACKER!

PALIN EVASIVE AND NO ANSWERS.

"MAVERICK? NEGATIVE GHOSTRIDER!"


Mary   October 3rd, 2008 9:48 am ET

Are we nuts to even consider Palin a heart-beat away from the Presidency? McCain is bad enough,, but a soccer-mom whom we had to coach for three days just to be able to dodge the questions and move-on to her agenda so she could at least reply.

Get serious America!


Keith Johnson   October 3rd, 2008 9:48 am ET

'MAVERICKS WITHOUT A PLAN!"

That's the headline from last night. Everyone is praising Palin for doing nohing but making broad saements about what needs to be done. However, she did not outline a single plan on how to make anything happen. Can someone please tell me the Republican plan for the next 4 years???


Paula Quate   October 3rd, 2008 9:49 am ET

Palin Smirks, Winks, and Refuses To Answer Questions


Mike   October 3rd, 2008 9:49 am ET

Palin rocks the Night!


Tammy   October 3rd, 2008 9:49 am ET

To Renee
Your use of the english language is exactly why we ABSOLUTELY CANNOT AFFORD A DEMOCRAT IN OFFICE. Get an education, then try to write your opinion.


Susan Wing   October 3rd, 2008 9:49 am ET

MY HEADLINE

"BIDEN BLOWS PALLIN OUT OF THE WATER! PALLIN STILL AN EMPTY SUIT"


Michael Weix   October 3rd, 2008 9:50 am ET

Like Obama, Palin wins on style & likability


Christie Moore   October 3rd, 2008 9:50 am ET

Wheeewww...I am glad I am not the only one that noticed Palin flaunting her feminine wiles, and those red high-heels!!! PLEASE! She dodged SO many bullets, there for awhile I thought she was made of rubber! I don't recall very many times when she actually ANSWERED a question that was asked of her, just would resort to BLATANT self-promotion. She used the debate stage for an impromptu commercial, and if you DIDN'T realize it, you weren't paying attention! She winked @ the camera so many times, I thought maybe she was having an eye-spasm! But the political analyist warned us that if she came to a question she did not have an answer to, then she should remind us of her "fire-cracker" spirit, and her "newness". Perhaps a little too new! She has NO knowledge of Supreme Court cases other than Roe-v-Wade!!!! And you would think that after the Couric interview, she would have done her homework! How dumb does she think the American people are??? Palin kept saying that "Joe six pack" was worried that if he had money invested in the stock market he would take a loss, or that he would lose his childs college fund or that his business would go under.. WAKE UP PALIN-- I have NO stocks! I have NO college fund! I DO NOT own my own business!!!
I am worried about FEEDING my family! I am worried about getting winter clothes for my kids! Maybe she HAS been out of touch with "main-landers" a little too long....
I think that if you voted for Bush the first time around and are now going to follow suit and vote McCain, shame on you!!!


Moe DiGaFotta   October 3rd, 2008 9:51 am ET

Sinatra, Big Band, Apple Pie and Palin !! ( if the fish be a Biden,..then Palin cast away !! )


juliet copeland   October 3rd, 2008 9:51 am ET

Gov Palin proved she is unable to follow directions even to the point of telling the moderator she would answer questions as she wanted and not as she, Biden or the America people expected her to. She also proved that she is not a team player, but rather a sarcastic want a- be. She had her own questions and answers, and skirted around the debate questions just as John McCain does constantly. I found this to be dis-reapectful to the moderator, the organizer's of the debate, and especially to the American people and the world. Anyone can stand and read prepared material. An insult to women was to keep winking and being "cute" and "girlish". This is a very serious time in our country, we are not sitting on a bar stool or standing on a corner trying to advertise our wares. Senator Joe Biden was gracious, calm, strong in his facts, and showed his ability to govern greatly. He won the debate and was not trying to scheme or to be phony. I cannot imagine Palin in Washington, or speaking to foreign leaders, diplomats, etc. I think she proved that she is just as dangerous as John McCain. There is much still hidden with this person that's why they are keeping her "low" and away from the media and the people. She has really had a "free pass" in this campaign. Thanks


Anthony L. Price   October 3rd, 2008 9:51 am ET

Here's a news line for America......

Vote for NONE of the ABOVE.....

It's time for TRUE CHANGE, a change that represents the People,
People that have endured the lasting affects of failed policies,
broken promises, and false Manifest Destiny.

Elect a common man, a man/woman that truly represents the people.

Vote for Anthony L. Price


Kathrine Jenkins   October 3rd, 2008 9:52 am ET

Palin
Doesn't Wear Skirts
Skirts The Issues


Warren   October 3rd, 2008 9:52 am ET

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE v. SCHOOLGIRL TRYING TO REMEMBER HER LESSONS


Daniel Smith   October 3rd, 2008 9:52 am ET

Who was Palin talking to a nation of pre-teens? And who was she winking at, the guy across the bar room. She managed to skirt nearly every question and she did a pretty good job of delivering her scripted answers based on the category of a question. I am all for a woman VP or president at that. But, Gov. Palin is not even close to being ready for prime time.

This republican is voting for real change – Obama/Biden

Dan Smith, Tucson AZ


BAMBAM727   October 3rd, 2008 9:52 am ET

Stepahnie
It must be nice on Venus. Sarah Palin is a babbling idiot. I'm sorry but people from other areas of the universe should not be permitted to comment.

“Palin pulls a power punch to babbling Biden”


Rick- Fl   October 3rd, 2008 9:52 am ET

Headline: Americans Fooled By Pitbull's Trained (Staged) Act. As a Marine, I don't really admit to fearing things but I am terrified at the lack of some Americans to see through the spin being spun on Palin's qualifications. At such an important time when America needs the best we have to offer, half of the country is still more focused on racism, special interest, and stubborn loyalties. Frankly if McCain/Palin is elected, we as a country will follow the Romans into history as a has been, but now extinct power. We need a leader with vision, not a soldier with memories.


Linda Burks   October 3rd, 2008 9:53 am ET

Biden was Hidin' and Palen was Sailin'!


Perry in Washington DC   October 3rd, 2008 9:54 am ET

"Palin can fix it all with Energy Plan"
I thnk Palin did ok, but was no match on much of the subject matter. Her answers for most questions centered around pre-scripted responses. It's interesting how some analyst can award her an overwhelming victory because she "had no gafs or melt downs". Of course those analyst are on another network display their party affiliation openly...


Tyler   October 3rd, 2008 9:54 am ET

Palin, 17 of 24 for 2 TD's and 2 INT, Looking Sharp in Debut as Both Offenses Shine.


Tom   October 3rd, 2008 9:54 am ET

Biden had Palin in his cross hairs, but Palin got him by the short hairs


Keith Johnson   October 3rd, 2008 9:55 am ET

"MAVERICKS WITHOUT A PLAN!”

That’s the headline from last night. Everyone is praising Palin for doing nothing but making broad statements about what needs to be done. However, she did not outline a single plan on how to make anything happen. Can someone please tell me the Republican plan for the next 4 years???
A pretty smile only goes so far.....we need a plan!!


Cheryllyne   October 3rd, 2008 9:55 am ET

Palin Performs Like Winkin' Blinkin' and Nod.


BAMBAM727   October 3rd, 2008 9:55 am ET

Isn't anyone offended by all the 6 pack joe and Walmart mom crap? Please speak up!!!


Shannon   October 3rd, 2008 9:55 am ET

"Dick Cheney Most Dangerous Vice President in History!"


Offended by Palin   October 3rd, 2008 9:56 am ET

This Season's Scariest Halloween Costume: Sarah Palin


Michael Weix   October 3rd, 2008 9:56 am ET

Lipsticked Pitbull Sinks Teeth into Biden


Angela Marino   October 3rd, 2008 9:57 am ET

I, as do other women, believe there had to be another "Woman" that the Republican Party could have chosen that was as intelligent as we are. Since when does not sucking so bad mean you did very well in the debate? I don't know what some of you were watching...the air in her head was about to explode!


Purdis   October 3rd, 2008 9:57 am ET

Sarah was good! After all the long hard work rehearsings/preparing for the debate she deserves an academy award asa good actress. I did that in college- rehearsed for days and hours. The results were people standing and applauding. We all can perform. Unfortunately Sarah's performance will see the curtains come down because her
acting is one thing and performance in another. She does not and can not perform for all of citizens of the USA (except as an actor). She certainly can not perform even as an actor on an international level at all! She has native AK people acrosss the waters from Russia who have never seen her but she claims experience with the security of Ak and the USA. Tell her to go back home and be a wife and a good mother (to her children that is!) FROM ONE WOMAN TO ANOTHER!!!


Carl Diaz   October 3rd, 2008 9:57 am ET

I am so glad that the young (wet behind the ears) generation has fallen for "Obama" beacuse they are the ones who will have to pay for all of this, and they will have to work untill the day they die to pay for it. "OBAMA WILL MAKE SURE THEY DO" with his tax plans they wont have a cent for themselves or for a retirement plan.....the Ole Used Car Salesman has been reborn once again lets all shuffle of to Buffalo once again... You go young folk we need you n ow more than ever.....


Glenda Gates   October 3rd, 2008 9:57 am ET

Palin and Biden dump running mates- run together for Co-President


Susan in Dallas, Texas   October 3rd, 2008 9:57 am ET

HEADLINE: "Behind evey Great Man is a Great Woman"
McCain / Palin


BAMBAM727   October 3rd, 2008 9:58 am ET

" As a small business owner I'm afraid of a Pailn / McCain administration"

Order of the names intensional


ruthie   October 3rd, 2008 9:59 am ET

"Obama's Vp pick Joe Biden claims 'he won't change' in a campaign that claims promise of change!"


Anthony L. Price   October 3rd, 2008 9:59 am ET

The common man/woman refers to Mrs. Price, a Army Veteran.


Folami Brown   October 3rd, 2008 10:00 am ET

"Yeehaw, Ellie-Mae Goes to Washington!"

Gosh paw, I think Ellie-Mae (I mean Palin ) did just want the Mcain camp wanted, the debate was not only about the issues. It was about selling Palin restoring her likability factor and appealing to the everyday middle class. Although I was impressed with her performance, I do not feel as though she gave a strong debate. She failed to answer important key questions, she played it safe standing on the energy bill using common language and the I'm one of you, soccer mom, hockey and beer drinker speech. Keep it real politicians stop being one of us when they get to Washington, (lobbyist , other politicians,ambitions ect.) In reality, the best I hope for is to be remembered sometimes when they get there.

Signed One of the really little Guys (women)


Kelly   October 3rd, 2008 10:00 am ET

"Palin Proves That With A Total Immersion Approach Anyone Can Dodge Points And Repeat Word Tracks For 90 Minutes".

I still do not want someone who was virtually "incoherent" just last week to represent my country with dignitaries and vote to break ties in the Senate on issues she clearly does not understand. The folksy approach fooled a lot of people when George W. Bush employed it. Who continues to fall for this now that we have seen through it to the ill-equipped heart of the person employing it once again? She wasn't ready last week, is no more ready this week and will not be ready next month or next year. I do not believe she came across well-spoken or knowledgeable last night. She did better than expected which only tells me that she was well-coached. That is not enough to qualify her for the position of V.P. of the United States of America.


TIM W.   October 3rd, 2008 10:00 am ET

Debate or Campaign?That should be the headline. I thought this was suppose to be a debate. Palin sounded like she was still campaigning instead of answering the questions, She did a good job of avoiding the questions she couldn't answer, and twisting things away from the real subject.. When did she talk to us plainly about any policy that was relative to this election. She was more concerned at attacking Obama and Biden. Gov. Palin obviously prepared to answer a small, specific set of questions. Whenever she couldn't answer the question asked, se either switched one of the prepared answers or spouted unrelated slogans. If she answered the questions rather than skirting them with her " AW Shucks folks" attitude, maybe we could have found out where she ,and the GOP, stood on the issues. I have never heard someone talk so much and say so little in my life. If America thinks that "Palin" won this debate, we are in some serious trouble.


Keith Johnson   October 3rd, 2008 10:00 am ET

"Shout Out"

Who gives a shout out during a Presidential Debate when time is limited to make your points? Someone who doesn't have a point to make, that's who. She was so desperate to dodge the issues on the table that she had to eat up time giving a shout out to a bunch of 3rd graders back home. Go home Sarah Palin, there aren't many soccer fields in Washington D.C.!


stormerF   October 3rd, 2008 10:01 am ET

Joe Biden lied about his and Barack's voting record,and JOHN mcCains.He lied about ten times and if the mainstream media can't report the truth,than why are we watching them.All you need to do in check the facts.He lied about clean coal statement he made it was not out of context,He lied about Obamas willingness to meet with That terrorist from Iran,and he lied about how long it takes to get oil out of the ground about 2 weeks and oil can be pumped from the ground. Tell him to watch Black Gold on Tru-TV,maybe he'd learn something and stop telling lies.He lied about no voting for the war resolution and it was called a war resolution,not power for the president. Step up Robin TELL THE TRUTH YOU CAN DO IT.


Ken   October 3rd, 2008 10:03 am ET

Palin: Smarter than we all thought..Still no match for Biden


richard   October 3rd, 2008 10:04 am ET

its about time we got a breath of fresh air. i think palin and mccain are what the country needs. headline:

can mccain and palin renew our confidence in congress


Tammy   October 3rd, 2008 10:05 am ET

I suppose everyone has forgotten about Obama's pastor, I know, he denounced his membership to that church (after 20 years of being a member and when it was noticed that he was a member of that church after he was ruinning for presidency), how convenient. Oh, what about Michelle Obama talking about how she "has never been proud to be an American", that is until her husband became the candidate. Oh, even better. What about his ties to Bill Ayers. You know, the guy that headed up the "Weather Men" group in the sixties and even as late as 9/11/01, stated that he wished he could have done more as a "terrorist". I suppose main stream media just conveniently fails to publish all of that stuff, but they can sure catch Pailin for pronouncing a name wrong.....
It's pittifull.......


MC   October 3rd, 2008 10:05 am ET

to expound (while my previous post awaits "moderation".........)
If any American voter out there seriously believes for one second that a McCain-Palin administration will solve ANY of our problems, whether they be foriegn or domestic, you are sadly decieved.
The WHOLE Republican campaign has been run like a 4th Grade field trip, similar to the illegal War In Iraq. These people in power are the political decendants of the same Right-Wing Hawks who got us into the global conflicts and mires back in the 40's and 50's that we're still in today. We helped the Shah of Iran flee, we invaded Korea and Vietnam, we sent Richard Helms to Iran as U.S. Amabassador, we propped up Saddam, Noriega, Qhadafi and many more like them all in the name of satisfying the Military-Industrial Complex's ill-concieved concept of "limited conflict", which was created by one Gen. Edward G. Lansdale. Think about it for a minute; after Truman bombed Japan, the powers that be knew that war could never be allowed to progress to that intensity again or the whole ball game would be over.
However, that spelled the end of arms manufacturing which has been our number one source of revenue since its conception.
A compromise had to be reached. Arms needed to be manufactured to keep the corporations going to keep revenue flowing. For arms to sell there had to be armed conflict, or at least the fear of it. There's the operative word: FEAR. Sen. Biden was correct in saying that one who ignores the past knows nothing of the present.
Remember Eisenhower's warning upon his leaving office; "beware of the steadily gaining influence of the Military-Industrial Complex in matters foriegn and domestic. We must never let these influences endager our liberties, or our freedoms". Ominious warning! Right there is where the blame rests for nearly all of the trouble in the world today; The U.S. Military-Industrial-Media-Legal-Educational-Medical-Religious Complex. You have to be on this earth awhile before you begin to see how things are really wired up. Im 55 and have travelled the world extensively over my long career as an entertainer. While the rest of the world loves our technical, cultural and artistic accomplishments and the ideals of political, religious and economic freedom, they despise our form of Fascist Government, which has been visibly n power since 11-22-63. Yup, Im playing the JFK card! Its time someone does. If youre old enough like me to remember the day that America died, the rest of this makes perfect sense. Its a plan thats been in the works since Prescott Bush began funding Adolf Hitler before WW2. FDR took away Bush's Union Bank after it was discovered that he was the $$ behind the Nazi Movement. Before you misguided Republicans out there get your arguments ready, its over before youve begun. It IS a matter of public record that the Bush family has direct ties to the American Nazi Movement in America and that George Bush Sr., (as a member of the O.S.S., Office of Strategic Services, jokingly refferred to by those in it from its conception as the Other S.S. and the forerunner of the CIA,) helped to arrange the evacuation of members of Reinhard Gehlen's Nazi spy intelligence unit out of Germany and into the U.S. before the end of WW2 to use as spies in the "coming conflict with Russia". Those same Nazi's or their descendants now control the U.S. government, media and political-economic-religious interests in such a way that they're invisible and untouchable. I know its hard to swallow, but remember Hitler's infamous line: "the bigger the lie, the more the people will believe it". Like it or not, thats where we are, and if you think that an old, mean white man who cant even look his opponent in the eye on a nationally televised debate due to the color of his skin will ease domestic and foriegn tensions, then youre living in McCainland, and you need to stay the heck out of my front yard.


Vivienne Avare   October 3rd, 2008 10:05 am ET

Palin knocked it out of the park! The ole timer Biden was very knowledgable but he misspoke several times. Fred Thompson
alerted us of this. Lady Sarah had been mocked by Obama groupies
media etc., an overkill. She didn't answer Katies interview questions as one would like! Big deal, I suppose Joe Biden all of a sudden has been perfect?! If one, not so great, interview was the deciding factor, then no politician would survive! Get real and give credit where credit is due! Ex Democrat


J Score   October 3rd, 2008 10:06 am ET

A Pretty Face Doesn't Solve Problems

It was quite obvious that Ms. Palin recieved a crash course before the debate. She did hold her own while being questioned. BUT, what if she did not have her "cheat sheet" by her side?
She used her best defense, her looks and her "Daisy Duke" like talking.


Elinor Hobart   October 3rd, 2008 10:06 am ET

PEROT RETURNS...IN DRAG


Mark from Ft. Myers Florida   October 3rd, 2008 10:06 am ET

I can hardly wait to send this "Train Wreck " back to Alaska! Let's give her a job that she knows something about, field dressing a moose.


Carlos Arana   October 3rd, 2008 10:07 am ET

As an international airline pilot for a major U.S. carrier, I travel the world every month, from Asia to Europe. I have seen and witnessed first hand the decline of the U.S. respect around the world. It is time that we as a nation and country, propel ourselfs back as a nation that is respected globally. We need that as a "Leader of the Free World".
Thank you


Sharon   October 3rd, 2008 10:07 am ET

Palin did ok but she read her answers and talked on the same thing and did not give definitive answers.She lied about things that have been proven were lies and what kind of VP would she be if she still makes statements on things of old instead focusing on the things needed in the new. Biden really did so much better and would be a Great VP!


BAMBAM727   October 3rd, 2008 10:07 am ET

Sarah,
Running a city or state is like having a small business that could tax people. There really is no close connection. You don't have to market and present well to collect revenuse or have any great intellectual property, you collect taxs.
Comparing what you do as a politician to what I do as a manufacturer in the US is little more than insulting. I'm pretty sure that it's not just me that wants to see you go away.
Do the country a favor and go take care of the family you so willingly use to promote your propaganda. Oh and take your first dude with you.


malinda parrish   October 3rd, 2008 10:10 am ET

Biden Blames His Voting Bloopers On Bush and Palin Progressively Plunges At The Pundits Painful Past


Dick Cheney   October 3rd, 2008 10:11 am ET

"We got you last time and we'll get you again"


Ronda   October 3rd, 2008 10:11 am ET

I am sick and tired of everyone talking about how well Gov. Palin did, how she exceeded expectations. Exceeding expectations means to me that their expectations of her is below low. She did not answer the questions, she spoke so much and said so little. Now really, what kind of VP would she make if she cannot answer simple basic questions about America.

The News Media and the analytics need to be honest with the public, Gov Palin and themselves about how she really did. She did poorly. You all need to admit she cannot represent America on a VP level. She did a good job in Alaska, please let her go back home and continue to do that job. She is not ready to be VP and I don't think she ever will be.


monique   October 3rd, 2008 10:12 am ET

You know I wish Politian’s really knew what soldiers really thought about this so call war. We are doing our patriotic duty but at what cost to us. 7 years later what are we fighting for again? Last nights debate just made me realize Americans don't vote on who may be right for office but who is exciting, funny, and fresh because Palin didn't tell us anything she did just enough to get through 90 mins she is definitely no Hillary if that's what McCain was trying to accomplish. It is time for a change and I hope America realize that this mess we are currently in will probably take more then four years to recover from.

Thanks for letting me vent


Cheryllyne   October 3rd, 2008 10:13 am ET

Palin Primps for Her Maverick Pimp Daddy


BAMBAM727   October 3rd, 2008 10:13 am ET

Seriously, is Dick Cheney even still alive. When was the last time anyone heard or saw him. Maybe his buddy returned the shotgun favor.
Maybe he can come out of hiding long enough to go hunting with Sarah.


Chad from ARC   October 3rd, 2008 10:16 am ET

I will say this question only once. What is wrong with we people? We live in the same communities, purchase the same expensive gas, know neighbors loosing their homes because of these/those crooked loan/mortgage companies/officers who seduced consumers, who are not SMEs in the mortgage area, to buy into these/those crazy loans, and also have investment tied into the Wall Street mess. How dare any and all of you that sat here and after watching and listening to that debate last night say Palin won, Preseidential, etc... She spoke absolutely about nothing. She evaded every question. I wish Katie Couric could have interviewed her again and made her answer a question. She answered nothing. She rambled and tap danced all night and I just don't think the American people are that stupid. People say she did better than expected so therefore she won. That is so stupid. You can be an "F" student so because you bring your grade up to a "D-", you are now qualified to run a country. That is so lame of all that is seriuosly thinking about that woman as a Vice President. Now, for those of you that like the Palin/McCain ticket because you do not want to vote an African America, that will be more understanding and honest, but to waste everyone's time saying that the very inexperience lady should hold the second highest office in the country is just totally insane. Question, what makes her a SME on energy? What have she done? Did she go to college for this expertise? My only opininion whether Dem or Rep, the individuals holding these offices should be smart, able to think on their feet, and be able to lead this country and Ms Palin is neither. No I am not slamming her, but just looking at her road to the Governors office. One more thing! Talk or read what the people of Alaska really think about here. This is something Fox or these other networks won't touch. Read how the people of Alaska feel about her. Maybe that will aid your thoughts. Again, if you are not doing this based on racism.

If I made mistakes while typing this message, oh well!


malinda parrish   October 3rd, 2008 10:16 am ET

Palin Powerdrives DNC Past and Biden Blunders


Luxie   October 3rd, 2008 10:17 am ET

Though I am an independent I am amazed to see how so many newcasts are Democratically slanted. There are other people running for the office, shouldn't they get some of the same treatment?


Michboat   October 3rd, 2008 10:17 am ET

"Joe Six Pack"
Governor Palin has offended me for the last time. "Joe SIx Pack" is a terrible condescending name for Mr. or Ms. middle America. I am educated, work for a Big Ten University and make approximately $50,000 a year and on top of that I an a single parent. She makes it sound like when I leave work I grab a "six pack" and go home to get drunk to forget my problems or the problems of the country. I understand the ecomony, foreign affairs and global climate changes, I watch CNN every morning to stay in touch with current affairs. Governor Palin needs to stop talking down to the segment of the voters who are going to elect the next President and Vice President of the United States of America. "Say it anit so" winks and odd smiles are not what I am looking for in a Vice President; "aint" is not even a word.! These actions really do show she has only been "on the job" for only 5 weeks.


Erik Smith   October 3rd, 2008 10:18 am ET

"Governor Palin winks a lot, and says very little"


sam   October 3rd, 2008 10:18 am ET

I thought Palin was very phony and had the same answer for every
question, she sounded like a broken record.


stormerF   October 3rd, 2008 10:18 am ET

Sorry Judith Goler but I'd rather have someone who pronounced a word differnt than a politican that didn't know there were only 50 states not 57 as Obama thinks. And how can you defend Joe Biden lying.Why would you even consider Katie's intervue as good when it was loaded with stupid questions that were never supposed to be answered even by Obama. I taught school for years and I know the truth and When you ignore it it will bit you.sorry you can not face the Truth about Obama/Obiden.


Terry P.   October 3rd, 2008 10:19 am ET

1. AMERICAN SWEETHEART SLAYS DC GOLIATH

2. BIDEN CHASES AS PALIN SCORES FOR JOE SIX PACK

3. PALIN SPEAKS TO AMERICA: A CINDERELLA STORY

Palin put Biden on defense forcing him to defend Obama, while Palin puts points on the board for McCain. Both are middle class heroes, but Palin was engaging, positive, and on point.


Ms. Observant   October 3rd, 2008 10:20 am ET

THE BEAUTY BEATS THE BEAST!


LaTania   October 3rd, 2008 10:21 am ET

PALIN DIAGNOSED WITH A CASE OF SCRIPTED TORRET!

I fail to understand why so many people seem to think Palin "held her ground." She failed to answer any questions that were directed to her and Senator Biden. Her answers were so far off the subject. It was as if she was given the pieces, but could not fit them together to complete the puzzle. The republican ticket should read: The "Maverick??" and "Left-field Palin"


JMaguire   October 3rd, 2008 10:21 am ET

Palin: Not as cute as she thinks she is

Bleh. "Can I call you Joe?"

I'd have been more impressed with Palin's performance if she'd been able to answer any of the questions asked. I'd have been impressed if she even attempted to answer them. Since when is answering the question asked consdidered optional?

If I hear the word "maverick" one more time, I swear I'm going to burn my dvd of "Top Gun".


Trey   October 3rd, 2008 10:22 am ET

Man, it's great to see the comments of working America. But it makes me wonder that some of the commentors were actually "A student left behind". Some gripe that Sarah would refer back to the Energy Bill,,,Hello America, unless you loved paying 4 plus dollars a gallon at the pump, you better listen to someone that is willing to talk about the issues of energy. The Barracuda DID eat the Shark last night because she willingly and openly tried to talk about energy. Squirmey Joe avoided as usual. People better take notice: There was someone up there last night that actually brought issues out that needed to be out. NOT the stuff that sells.

This girl is going to shake up Washington like you wouldn't believe!!!

Never heard "Slick Joe" compare himself to an everyday working man or family!!!!

Just remember, "they voted for it before they voted against it! Can you run a country on that kind of leadership?

Go McCain/Palin


Pam S.   October 3rd, 2008 10:23 am ET

Go Ruthie!!!!!! Enough said.


BAMBAM727   October 3rd, 2008 10:23 am ET

" Did she really give a shout out ? "

Breaking news---The whitehouse is undergoing a special Palin/Walmart modification. Halliburton has developed a special wheel system to make the formerly stationary structure to become mobile. Palin remarks " Now we're truckin "


Erik Smith   October 3rd, 2008 10:24 am ET

"Palin=walking commercial"


Robyn Taylor   October 3rd, 2008 10:27 am ET

BIDEN ON ENERGY: "OBAMA AND I WANT TO DO WHAT GOV. PALIN DID IN ALASKA!"

Duh....Gov, Palin already did this, so why do we need 2 incompetents when we have an accomplished person to do this job?


Angela Marino   October 3rd, 2008 10:28 am ET

Obama and Biden are EDUCATED....McCain skirted his way through his career....and I mean skirted. As for Palin.....Golly Gee ain't gonna cut it!


BAMBAM727   October 3rd, 2008 10:31 am ET

Stormer F

You're an F-ing idiot. Stop believing the FOX news BS. Before you blame media take a look at what you're watching. CNN is more Fair and Balanced then FOX-OReilly has ever been. If that wasn't so your comment wouldn't be posted.

Think before you type

xoxo


LaTania   October 3rd, 2008 10:32 am ET

PALIN DIAGNOSED WITH A CASE OF SCRIPTED TOURETTE!

I fail to understand why so many people seem to think Palin “held her ground.” She failed to answer any questions that were directed to her and Senator Biden. Her answers were so far off the subject. It was as if she was given the pieces, but could not fit them together to complete the puzzle. The republican ticket should read: The “Maverick??” and “Left-field Palin”


ATL - Payne   October 3rd, 2008 10:33 am ET

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Cheryllyne   October 3rd, 2008 10:34 am ET

Palin's Hotness linked to Artic climate Crisis


malinda parrish   October 3rd, 2008 10:35 am ET

At least Sarah Palin Is not a shirt tail politician like the DNC presented. RNC found a 'real' person not a political puppet who parrots the but instead shows 'real facts and results'. The fact she can field dress a moose could only help in the presidency (which by the way is one hell of a task) with the current condition on wall street this Thanksgiving holiday season. Biden and Obama need to quit blaming the past administration for the 'entirety' of the condition of this country when the Clinton Administration sold us up the river years ago with NAFTA and the Patents Office opening it's doors to the world which 'now owns our country fiscally' Both parties need a swift kick in the BUTT for their roles in this Depres....OOPS bad word... Meltdown on Wall Street. Palin has my vote in the next Presidential election Why? 1. She is not living on her 'hubby's shirttails' and 2. She could at least help field feed the country and be useful if we are all starving from the mess Clinton/Bush created. The 'children' on this blog who were not 'old' enough to truly understand 'the Clinton Regime' should shut their mouths until they research the prior administration of HillaryGate, WhiteWater, VincentFoster, The OralOffice, OBE dumbing down the NEA, Nafta, the DNC voter fraud by Clinton with dead people voting in elections, and the list goes on. Bush sucks yes but Clinton Memoirs should not BE LEFT OFF THE HOOK. It was that administration that led to the 911 scene and passed the buck to Bush. Bush has made a mess but it was fueled by Clinton. The diaper dumpers of the 90's need to go to a 'real' political history class not the media spin doctors mess.


Tammy   October 3rd, 2008 10:36 am ET

Ok, let's talk about her experience. She was a small business owner, she then became Mayor, then Governor where she MUST make choices for her state. She has an 80% approval rating in her state which ios unheard of. Obama, was a "Community Organizer" for one of the most corrupt cities in the country then was elected Senator to which he immediately ran for President. What kind of experience do you think HE has? Not a whole lot. His record shows 172 votes he just voted as being "present" so he wouldn't have to make a decision about our future. Let's get with the program people.


BAMBAM727   October 3rd, 2008 10:37 am ET

" Really? Palin? John McCain thinking with the wrong head "


BAMBAM727   October 3rd, 2008 10:39 am ET

" Maverick, Lower taxes, Beer drinkin, middle class, Wasilla, Blah, blah, blah "


BAMBAM727   October 3rd, 2008 10:41 am ET

" Alaska want it's Model oops I mean Governor back "

Please go home!!!! You are not presidential


Amanda   October 3rd, 2008 10:43 am ET

Did no one else watch the same debate? How anyone can say that Biden only won with 51% is crazy! He won by much more than that! We cannot measure Palin’s performance (and I say that, because it is apparent that she is a rehearsed act) by her past performances only, and then give her a cookie for being better than her Katie Couric interview. This lady doesn’t know hardly any of the serious topics of government that are dealt with on a daily basis. If voted our VP, our country will certainly be worse off. Especially if she ended up our president. She would be ‘a puppet’, saying what was spoon fed to her. If we look at her background we can see that. She was a sports caster on TV, and a pageant contestant. She knows scripted material! On most issues, she did not clearly answer the questions. Biden clearly knew the facts on a variety of different subjects, even what the role of a vice president should be, based on the constitution. When he began talking about Israel, it was obvious that Palin was lost on the details. Did no one see how she would take facts from Biden after his answer. I’m positive that if she had gone first on answering these topics, that she would not have had the same answers or substance, and we would be hearing is a “I’ll just have to get back to you on that!” She did however, give Tina Fey, some very good material to work with. I personally am ashamed that she is even a candidate for VP. As a woman, and an educated individual, hearing her speak makes me think I’m watching a Redneck comedy special. There certainly is a place and time for her cutesy catchphrase lingo, but as VP there is no place for that. She should be refined! Translation and communication throughout the world is delicate enough. We do not need to insult ourselves on a global level with "you betcha's"! I mean seriously, there was no better choice for McCain than Palin??? Are you kidding me? Even Hillary Clinton is in a different league than Palin. In the end, I hope people are not fooled into feeling like they can relate to Palin. Biden is a clear, strong, informed VP candidate, and along side Obama, would be a strong, balanced team in the oval office. McCain and Palin bring “more of the same and little change”. The “Maverick” and his puppet-Palin. Palin go back to Alaska and raise your five kids, you’ve got nothing on my grandmother who raised 8 kids. My grandmother knows more about politics than you!


Jill (Oregeon)   October 3rd, 2008 10:44 am ET

I am a 52-year-old workingwoman, labor union representative and have spent my entire adult work life fighting for the middle class in this country. I was insulted by Sara Palin’s winking at me through the camera last night. Does she think that by winking at me I will somehow believe that she has gained a higher level of worldly understanding and that I now cannot see how unqualified she is for the office of Vice President? I would also ask the citizens of this country to think seriously about this “Joe six-pack” mentality. Isn’t that what we have had for the last seven years? (Remember “bring it on”), look where it has gotten us… Since when did it become OK for the United States of America to be lead by mediocre? I don’t know about you but I want my leaders to rise above this standard, I want people like Barack Obama and Joe Biden who understand the issues not only for America but also understand our responsibility in the world.


Kevin , Missouri   October 3rd, 2008 10:45 am ET

America please wake up. Most often it has been Democrats that never wanted drilling in Alaska or near the shorelines along with Peta,and the Dems also are the ones that always say poor me,where is my share ,they also are the ones that are in debt and have more house than they really can afford also most of the time the ones that Never have a nest egg for rainy days, Washington needs fresh people that have Never been there that have no bad ways ,nor have been Bought by anyone including Union groups. Also it just so happens i am a union member but do not vote for whom my Union says . I vote for Whomever Can DO THE JOB!


AMY   October 3rd, 2008 10:46 am ET

even republicans admit that palin doesn't know as much about running the country and as vice presidential contender should know.........but they are impressed by her "folksiness and likeability" ???

holy cow!! this was a vice presidential debate not american idol!!!

isn't anyone worried about that???


Anthony Boria   October 3rd, 2008 10:47 am ET

Headline: Is it the moose or goose she shoots?

Despite of her disadvantages in experience, incumbent party failures, being an outsider and gender prevalence, Gov. Palin went toe to toe with Sen. Bidin ensuing a dominance over the issues discussed. In my opinion that's the character needed to challenge politics coming from the different fronts in Washington to include the President's.


Jean from ATL   October 3rd, 2008 10:48 am ET

Joe Wins for Biden (biting) his tongue


Dee   October 3rd, 2008 10:50 am ET

I was more comfortable with Biden than with Palin. She is extremely combative, was clearly coached on issues and if questioning went deeper she would not have a clue. I also felt Palin is very controlling and has absolutely no polish needed to deal with other countries. Biden was composed and knew what he was talking about from experience not coaching. This election is very serious for America and as with the bailout, we need to get it right. The McCain/Palin ticket is a poor choice to do what needs to be done.


Trey   October 3rd, 2008 10:50 am ET

Leave it with this:

Palin: signs "Executive Orders"
Biden: votes for it before he votes against it. Hasn't signed ONE executive order.

Who has "Executive" experience???????

Biden can talk the talk.
Palin HAS walked the walk!!!!!!


Gabriel   October 3rd, 2008 10:51 am ET

Folami.....LOL! "Yeehaw, Ellie-Mae Goes To Washington!" Excellent!
Best one yet!


Jill   October 3rd, 2008 10:57 am ET

Has CNN tracked the number of questions posed by Iffel that each candidate ACTUALLY ANSWERED? Palin seemed to dodge an awful lot of them....
Just wondering.


Clair Washington State   October 3rd, 2008 10:58 am ET

Biden/Palin Debate Biden 90% Palin10%
Biden did very well on answering the questions asked and knows what he is talking about on the issues presented. Palin on the other hand dodged questions and didn't answer the ones she had not been rehersed to answer. Hockey mom, Alaska, small town mayor, maverick, Alaska Governor, middle class family, Folksy language, is this what the poeple are voting on? No. Straight talk? No, hiding facts she is not familiar with, issues that need to be addressed. Palin spent an awful lot of time reading her notes, until it came to her plain folksy talk. McCain knew what he was doing when he picked Palin. He needed a tool to get the vote of the younger and older women of this country and women are falling right into it. It is called politics.


Lu Shawn   October 3rd, 2008 10:58 am ET

Well I guess those days in AZ with the Mccain crew paid off. Come on. Last week she can't answer a straight question, this week she can almost hold her own during the debate. It's obvious she was drilled GOOD. I'm still undecided & still can't handle the pitch (sound) of her voice. (wink, wink)


Hershell Banks   October 3rd, 2008 11:00 am ET

The search for an intelligent Republican continues.

All she did was talk about issues that made her party look out of touch. A $5,000 dollar insurance policy...what is that going to cover? And she talked about it in like it would be the return of Jesus. Her and the daywalker should really figure out what the American People need.


Timothy Cannon   October 3rd, 2008 11:03 am ET

"Palin's Pathetic Bantering" (Does she have ADD?)


Kevin G ,From Missouri   October 3rd, 2008 11:05 am ET

I posted a review approx 9:43 A.M. and now its not on here, it had no bad language at all and now I see now where the staff reading these before they allow posting stands. I watch Robin every morning but now you will lose me as a viewer. Your staff must be all liberal Democrats. HA!


Moe DiGaFotta   October 3rd, 2008 11:06 am ET

Moe DiGaFotta October 3rd, 2008 9:51 am ET

Sinatra, Big Band, Apple Pie and Palin !! ( if the fish be a Biden,..then Palin cast away !! )


Timothy Cannon   October 3rd, 2008 11:06 am ET

"Pathetic Palin Ponders Aimlessly"

as a previous business owner, if i was interviewing her for a job,, i would not hire her. she decided to answer her own questions verses what was asked. she failed the interview process.


susan rivera   October 3rd, 2008 11:08 am ET

GENTLEMEN JOE K.O'S PATHIC PALIN IN 08 DEBATE I can tell ya one thing, Biden told it like it is, not like he wanted it to be. And if Hillary Clinton would of been standing in Joe's place, she wouldn't have stood for all of Sarah's ducking,and hemming and hawing,She would have had her for lunch. But Palin got lucky with Joe not wanting to look like a macho man, instead he was the diplomat he needed to be.


Ray in Santa Clara   October 3rd, 2008 11:10 am ET

Pretty Palin is an Empty Suit – Biden Exudes Confidence and Experience
Come on folks...Palin is NOT prepared to be VP. She might benefit from "on the job training" if she is "so fortunate and so blessed" to be our VP, but she is not at all prepared NOW. How embarrassing for America. Biden is a competent professional. He attacked McCain and wouldnt give Palin the benefit of his attack in the debate, which was absolutely brilliant. He covered the issues, demonstrated his experience, and provided confidence in the Obama-Biden ticket. Palin failed miserably and left the burden of justifying the McCain-Palin ticket to McCain alone. She is no help at all. An empty suit wont help anyone, including all of us US citizens. Nice lady, but NOT prepared to be VP.


RJ   October 3rd, 2008 11:10 am ET

Possible CNN HEADLINE:

1)Serious Times Demand Serious Minds!
Or
2)Was last nights debate the difference between a serious mind vs. a flash in the pan?

Answer: YES! America needs a person that can answer the serious and complex questions we are and/or will face. If you cannot do that, then you are not ready to lead our country and represent us as a super-power. I think Biden won hands down, just listen to the content of his answers! I think Palin performed better than most people expected she would. However, her answers were lacked the iceberg substance (showing depth, knowledge and wisdom) we need to see in our leaders. At this time, our country is struggling to recover from grave financial, political, and terrorist, crisis, / threats. Last night was her opportunity to demonstrate her critical thinking skills and demonstrate how she planned to deal with some of our nations /worlds most serious issues – as a world leader and I did not see her do that. She gave surface answers and/or avoided the question(s). Most of the time I felt as if I were listening to an info-commercial – not what I wanted to see or hear. I’m sure she is a nice person but we need a serious thinker and leader as the VP!!

So, from a local, average person’s perspective who is greatly concerned about the condition of our country, I think Biden won and looked presidential!

RJ – Midwest, USA


Kae Jones   October 3rd, 2008 11:11 am ET

How does she get that baby to sleep through all these appearances? Does she gave him calamiine tea with benadryl? I have three and they would never sleep without waking for a feeding.


Doug in Ohio   October 3rd, 2008 11:11 am ET

Headline:

"Palin Clueless in America"

She never answered one question directly. She danced around the questions better than contestants on Dancing With The Stars. Good looking attractive Governor, yes. A world leader second in command of the worlds most powerful country...No Way!!!!!

The VP job takes experience, education and knowledge of the Constitution, Law and real world threats.

Sorry folks, Palin needs to go back to the Hocky Games.


Lu Shawn   October 3rd, 2008 11:19 am ET

Joe did indeed hold back & that might have hurt him. No run away winner here


Kim   October 3rd, 2008 11:40 am ET

I don't know what average "Joe Six Pack" they are referring to in the above comment. However, this Joe six pack would rather hear someone speak on the issues especially during this critical economic time. I think Sara Palin skirted around majority of the issues which left me a bit confused. I don't think America needs a cutesy little so called just like me wannabe in the White House 2nd in command leading this country it is a recipe for disaster. I am truly scared for my kids if we elect another Republican especially the McCain/Palin ticket.
However, if by some chance that it does happen we deserve what we get.


Tammy   October 3rd, 2008 11:42 am ET

Anyone wanting to "Donate" their hard earned money to people who are sitting on their butts doing nothing for themselves (welfare), by all means, go ahead. But, don't make the rest of us do it. Vote Republican.
Don't get me wrong, I love donating to "Charity", such as American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Toys for Tots, Rotary International, etc., but I don't see the need to "donate" to people who aren't even trying to do for themselves.
Vote Republican!!!!!!!!


Mickie Roessler   October 3rd, 2008 11:43 am ET

I'm so sick of most of the Hollywood Star's and Press acting like they need to help us Regular people make up our minds who to vote for. The press seem's to always pick a democrat and run with it. Well here is a notice I've read on both canidates and I'm also a Registered Democrat and let's be honest each one of them have cons and pro's but you pick the best out of the two! Well that would be McCain and Palin. We need Change Obhama doesn't focus on what to change or how the change will come nor do I think he understamds the word Change I just think he know's that's what the middle class wants to hear. Let's all be honest what do any of these people including your hollywood star's know about being middle class? I can tell you NOTHING!!!! 143 Days???? Someone please tell me what job you can transfer up in only after a 143 days? Not even McDonalds allows employees to transfer into mang. after 143 days! However all of these liberals want us to vote for Obhama after only serving 143 days to the government! hahahaha Now question they day Palin is not ready???? Duhhhhhh HE'S NOT READY!!! Biden was good last night it stinks he is on the Obhama ticket cause he would have been a better pick for President than Obhama! Look Read don't let the Bad press and ignorant Hollywood star's make your mind up read for your ownself is what I'm asking all American's to do! McCain has served our country proud and Palin is the closes person we have ever had to middle class She is a winner and who know's Maybe i's time for a woman to be in this office so we can see a CHANGE!!! By the way everyone want's to blame Bush for everything but remember it's not just him it's your congree that mainly controls all decisions and wow surprise they are mostly democrats!! PUT THE PARTIES ASIDE AND VOTE FOR THE BEST!!!!


Kim   October 3rd, 2008 11:53 am ET

To Jason
Obviously you are a Palin fan. Why don't you pass on the advice you gave to Kathy to Sara Palin. Just because she did "OK" last night being that the expectation were very low to begin with ,let us not forget about the Couric interviews where she stuck her foot in her mouth several times by not knowing the facts.


Sharon Elliott   October 3rd, 2008 12:11 pm ET

I am sick and tired of watching Palin acting like she is the Queen. She didn't look at Biden last night and the look on her face and her actions were that she was by far more important than anybody else. She needs to go back to Alaska and stay there.
She doesn't act like anybody who cares about the people of this country at all.


JAO   October 3rd, 2008 12:11 pm ET

Kim, several times? It was one time, and you guys are making a big deal out of nothing. Let's not forget good ole Rev. Wright, Father Flagan, and Rezco (sp?). Those are people that I want to the next President Affiliated with. Go and get on the bandwagon of "Change". The same ride that is pushing the distribution of wealth (a.k.a. Socialism), and more govenment programs to take care of the lazy and stupid. I guess it's time for me to go back to my brand new job that I found in this "Terrible Economy".


snowbrd   October 3rd, 2008 12:12 pm ET

MOOSE HUNTING SEASON IS NOW OPEN! MOOSE CAUGHT IN THE HEADLIGHTS DURING VP DEBATE!

Palin has taken WOMEN ten steps backwards..DUMB, PREGNANT & from the Religous Right..Heaven help us all. I didn't like Hillary Clinton's PITBULL style but now in hindsight, SOCCER MOM, MOOSE KILLER isn't my pick for VP of this great country I live in..I'm with OBAMA all the way.


Anthony L. Price   October 3rd, 2008 12:19 pm ET

Let's discuss the facts on these politicians, first both parties talk about the middle-class and the suffering of such class, but do they even understand the actual suffrage of the middle-class, no they cannot. At this time the national unemployment is at an all time high 7.2 percent per CNN broadcast. The average income of middle class family of is about 50K, and with the rising cost of healthcare, food and fuel costs, not to mention the necessities of childcare for those families that are 2 income, how can the middle class make those ends meet? The answer is that we, the middle class have all but scarificed our first-born children to make it. And the puny stimilus check that was provided was nothing more than an insult to us the middle-class. Shortly after receiving the stimuli for the middle-class, those on public assistance, which we as the middle class pay for, were issued a stimuli rebate.. WTH.. As a middle class homeowner, we are asked to fund the taxes that afford our communities with services, such as trash removal, schools, and other functions that are necessary for the quality of life in our communities, our backs bear the burdens of some many, but yet we receive so little support from those that have some much to give, rather they pocket and amass more wealth, by tax incentives that allow them to cut their resposibilities to healthcare premuniums, allowsthem to claim further tax abatements, and even allows them(upper class) to out source jobs to foreign countries. When was the last time you spoke to an American (no accent) telecommunication operator about your credit card bill? Most of them capitol 1, or Mastercard for example have out sourced to India, cheaper labor and no/little health benefits.

With the recent exposure of the Wall St scandal/market failure we now are to feel empathy for CEO's and CCO's that gave a darn for the little man. It smells like Regan agenda all over again... Not the throw out old news, but if either of parties want to make "CHANGE" then the first few key issues tha need addressing are the following;

1-The widening abyss between the haves, and the have nots...
Middle-class is only distingushed by the ability to be sued and have garnished paychecks, thus becoming the new poor.

2-The return of jobs and careers to America, no out sourcing to foreign countries.

3- Affordable National healthcare for American citizens... and I said American citizens.

4- Increasing the funding for the VA administration which will allow the resources to be more apparent for those that have served in the military.

5- Revamping the entire Educational school system nation wide, so that we can compete with foreign countries for the job market.

6- Reduction of special-interests and lobbyists that affect and impede the congress and house with their riders and attachments to bills that will actually support the people.

7- No benefits for couples that are of homosexual lifestyle that co-habitate, or that allow same-sex marriages. Those benefits are for heterosexual married couples.

8- Equal availability for college loans to American citizens, reduction of student-work visas that allow foreigners to milk the educational grants and send them home to their familes, which in turn allows them send for the rest of their familes and pay no taxes/ or very little.

9- A tax credit to the middle-class for "relief" under current administration, and to jump start the failing economy.

10- Foreign policy immediate withdrawl from oversea, closing our borders and withdrawl from being the World's policeman, rather we must focus on America, from the rebuilding of our infrastructure, housing, homelessness, ability to grow our own foods, tightening our borders and re-enforcing our military with state/national guard strengthening. Mandating a must serve-policy that will reduce our national crime rates, provide an ethically rounded citizen that will be productive, ready to weork and serve his/her country. Focusing on exporting rather than importation of goods and technology. Retooling our agricultural programs for our farmers, providing them with tax cuts that will increase productivity, while reducing crop costs, which means less for the consumer at the market.


snowbryd   October 3rd, 2008 12:36 pm ET

MOOSE OUT OF WATER: CHENEY SPOTTED @ ITIDAROD..DUCK, DUCK, MOOSE..

snowbyrd: tampa, fla


SONNI   October 3rd, 2008 12:37 pm ET

October 3rd, 2008 12:29 pm ET
Your comment is awaiting moderation.
POLLY THE PARROT PALIN DOES IT AGAIN!

SHE IS SO UNAWARE OF THE WORLD AROUND HER. SHE STATED THAT SHE MAY NOT ANSWER THE WAY THE MODERATOR WANTED HER TO BECAUSE SHE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT MOST OF THE QUESTIONS ASKED. SHE STUCK TO THE SCRIPT SHE WAS GIVEN. AMERICA NEEDS TO WAKE UP, THIS LADY IS ONE “STROKE AWAY FROM BEING THE PRES. OF U.S” HER CUTE LITTLE NERVOUS TICK (THE WINK) DOESNT MAKE HER QUALIFIED TO BE VICE PRESIDENT (PRESIDENT). POLLY NEEDS A CRACKER AND TO LEARN A FEW OTHER WORDS BESIDES MAVERICK AND HOCKEY MOM. BIDEN DID VERY WELL.


SONNI   October 3rd, 2008 12:40 pm ET

PALIN IS WAY OUT OF HER LEAGUE. SHE CAN ONLY REGURGITATE WHAT SHE'S FED. SHE HAS NO REAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD AROUND HER.


D Burke   October 3rd, 2008 1:01 pm ET

We are in danger !!! McCain is a dangerous hot-headed politician who really is a follower of Bush and the Bush Doctrine. The selection of Palin as VP by McCain shows that McCain makes very faulty decisions. Palin is an unqualified disaster who depends on her beauty and folksy colloquialisms rather than competence. Sorry, Sarah, you do not represent me. In fact, you are an embarrassment to me and I cringe when you ramble on in a speech in your shrill voice with your artificial and shallow statements.
from
A middle class female and a Hillary supporter who will vote for Obama.


Dennis   October 3rd, 2008 1:15 pm ET

What I felt wasn't answered in this debate was; If Joe Bidden has been in congress for over thirty years, why hadn't he been an outstanding spokesman before the savings and loan, wall street, and energy problems? We've had energy problems since 1973, where was his protection of main street needs there? On the other hand, Sara Palin has attempted, and succeeded in protecting main street with in her limited exposure. I feel she would be more in tune to the needs of our country than a man who has enjoyed the richness of Washington for so many years.


rob_swm   October 3rd, 2008 1:19 pm ET

The VP debate and the Canadian English Language debate were on TV at the exact same time last night. So I did the best thing, and watched sports. :)

Canadian debates are a little nutty, since we have FIVE leaders at a table talking. Which is why I usually ignore them. Just too much crosstalk.


JG   October 3rd, 2008 1:26 pm ET

"McCain who? Let's talk about Alaska!"

Palin hardly ever mentioned policy specifics, and when she did it was on long rants about Alaska! Who cares about Alaska! It is in the middle of nowhere. Issues affecting Alaska do not pertain to issues affecting the mainland. She talked about herself far too much and generalized everything else about what McCain will bring to the office without providing specifics.
Biden included specifics backing every McCain attack and more importantly provided specifics about Obama's policy initiatives. He kept his attack on McCain, not Palin. Biden knocked her out, and people saw that. He looked capable of being president. The notion of Palin being president on the other hand, would be scary and totally above her capabilities. If people do not notice that, then God help us!


kim   October 3rd, 2008 1:26 pm ET

Pitbull's bites come up short – all bark with no flesh


Anthony   October 3rd, 2008 1:27 pm ET

My Headline: WEST TEXAS POLL SHOWS MEN FAVOR PALIN BECAUSE "SHE'S HOT!"

Story: A poll taken after the October 2 Vice Presidential Debate in the small town of Alpine, Texas, by the respected Roper Group reveal that men in the Trans-Pecos area of Texas prefer Governor Palin over Senator Biden. When questioned after the debate at the World Famous Beer and Wine Bar, The Railroad Blues, Governor Palin won the votes of 74% (plus or minus 2%) of the patrons.

The men polled were given a series of scientifically selected questions to determine their preferences. The most telling question was: "Who or what would you choose to spend a Sunday afternoon with? (A) a six pack of Shiner Bock beer, (B) any Houston Texans game, (C) Joseph Biden, or (D) Sarah Palin in a thong bikini?" Overwhelmingly, the choice was Sarah Palin. The six pack came in second and Senator Biden inched out the Houston Texans.

After polling interviews revealed the thinking of these men voters. Alex Night stated, "I have always thought she was hot. Even when she was a mayor." Bert Smedley, a resident of close by Fort Davis, Texas, stated that he like her because she knew her way around firarms and hunting. "She might shoot a lawyer or two while she is Vice President but at least we will know it was on purpose," stated Smedley. Anthony Foster, also a resident of Fort Davis, stated that he also was leaning toward Palin. "I think she is the hottest thing on the Republican ticket. I often watch Headling News in the morning and fantasize about Robin Meade and Jennifer Weshoven doing the news in bikinis and the addition of Sarah Palin in my fantasy on a daily basis is a bonus. However, Richard Lui sometimes runs through my fantasy in a Speedo and I have to turn my television off."

Other polls are expected throughout the West Texas area. Juan Bolee, spokesman for the polling group say that he expects the results to be similar.


kim   October 3rd, 2008 1:33 pm ET

Palin did a good job of reciting from her briefing book, repeatedly going back to points she was told she had to make; whereas Biden seemed prepared to answer any question by being able to think on his feet. He was comfortable with his knowledge and experience. He knows the record; he knows the issues because he's been there. Palin apparently doesn't even read about national issues, so she only knows what she's been told. One thing that really irritates me about Palin is she completely denies any weakness. The candidates were asked about their weaknesses, but Palin focused only on her so-called strengths. A true leader knows where they are weak just as well as where they are strong. Pretending you have no weaknesses isn't authentic, it's a sign of someone who has a lot of growing up to do.


Ann   October 3rd, 2008 1:52 pm ET

Thanks but No Thanks to Palin's Lies, Deception and Inexperience in a State that's Nowhere

Why have rules if we cannot follow them? What does this say to our young people? At the highest level in our Country, we are above the rules? If we all decided we would just say, gee gosh, I don't wanna follow rules, so darn it, i'll just go out and do what I want. I'm going to make up my own. That kind of thinking has our prisons overcrowded. In the next debates, I hope that the candidates will be required to answer the questions that are asked and not be allowed to do whatever it is that they want to do.

The catch phrases, the high pitched voice, the hill billy language and demeanor, how can anyone take 4 years of this. I would listen to a continuous recording of Gibert Godfrey. And Oh yeah, stupidity. I never want to hear the word Maverick again in my life. Intelligence is a requirement to hold the highest office in the country, maverick and fighting is the way that bullies and iliterates conduct business.

Palin came off as small-minded. There are more people in this country than hockey moms and joe beer bellys. This is not descript of the average american. What about the rest of us?

It is surprising that someone wrote about Obama having connections to Jeremiah Wright as if he could have any control over what another man speaks. After this man spoke, Obama voiced his diagreement and cut ties with him. Palin, on the other hand has been linked to churches with pagan religion and has followed and PRAISED her witch-craft pastor Thomas Muthee and let him pray withes away from her. http://www.youtube.com/watchv=MAWM7E_WMfo&feature=related.

Just last week, there was a protest in Anchorage Alaska against her and her dishonesty and abuse of power. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAWM7E_WMfo&feature=related

Palin told Biden what he thinks, even after he said that those were not his thoughts, she came back and told him that she begged to differ, claiming that she knew more about HIS thoughts than HE did.

She wants everyone to be so caught up in she's a mom, she has women's values. A real woman, unlike the mom image of one that she tries to sell, would have felt Senator Biden's real pain when speaking about his son. She was COLD and non caring. Biden has spoken about his family some, like all candidates, but no one has gone to such extremes to exploit a kid like Palin. We are sick of hearing about how she was such a hero just for continuing to carry a child, that is, if she TRULY is the one who carried it.

She and McCain are changing positions once again, trying to find something, ANYTHING to get votes. When she was introduced to the public, she came out with a FULL ATTACK against Senator Obama. Pointing fingers and telling lies, and they have never let up. She pointed fingers last night and every time Biden answered questions regarding our economics, she yelled out "don't look back and point fingers". Our economic situation is not the past. Guess they just don't get it. She is NOT Reagan, and She cannot take us back to the last time a republican did not completely mess up the White House.
Since he has not be our GREATEST president, when she keeps quoting him, she just looks like a copy-cat fool.

I too had noticed that she calls everyone else by his/her title and calls Senator Obama, Barak. Why?? Obama is always respectful and uses their titles.

The Article might read: Sleeping Beauty and the Troll. While Obama was graduating from Harvard and was ACTIVELY working to get jobs for people, which we need most, she was asleep at one of the 5 or 6 colleges that she had to struggle through to get a journalism bachelors degree.

NEITHER MCCAIN OR PALIN CAN TELL WHAT THEY WILL DO, THEY CAN ONLY FIND FAULT IN WHAT PLAN OBAMA AND BID HAVE. AT LEAST THEY HAVE DONE HARD WORK AND MADE THE BEST EFFORT TOWARDS DEVELOPING A PLAN TO HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

The McCain/Palin ticket speaks so much in detail about family. I have seen several pictures of hockey mom's kids with alcoholic beverages, in compromising positions and when was the date for Bristol's wedding? Dog-gone-it you thought we forgot. Why didn't she send a shout out to that? And When they speak about the John McCain's character, why don't they elaborate more on the poor disabled woman who he left for the young heiress who stole drugs to support her habit? Seems they get younger and younger while he gets older. plans to leave this one in the White House. This woman has been away from home too long already, because her daughters are boozing, toting guns and having iligitimate kids. There is so much that a "Dude" can handle. After all, he has dogs to race.


Neil   October 3rd, 2008 2:38 pm ET

Palin's HOT and Joe's NOT.


Debbie D   October 3rd, 2008 3:45 pm ET

Headline should read

"Palin was a Salin", Biden should be Hiden"


Cody   October 3rd, 2008 3:53 pm ET

WOW !! I must say after reading most of the comments on this blog I am absolutely amazed! I now realize that we have no right to blame the goverment for our current financial predicament and the country head dive into becoming a third world nation! Well Except for the cutting of funds for education! I feel the new headline should read "Palin succeeds in proving that America is overpopulated with Retards like her!"My God I don't care which party you are affiliated with. But any sane individual who is not completely ignorant of the process of debating could clearly pick out the winner! Now if you are known to live in a world of fantasy are denial, our you are mentally challenged! THen it is understandable how you could have come to the conclusion in that diluted mind of yours that Palin in anyway shape are form won the debate! I mean common guys I know you all love your millionaires Jane six- Dom Perignon, and she is so pretty and she love her maverick! But here are some real facts you need to deal with first off Palin did not even debate for which you as her supporters should be angerd and insulted! Should took this tme honor traditon of disscussion of different view points and made a mockery of it! She did not come to debate which is understandable because there was not near enough time to brush anyone up on current events that is as cluless as that women is on are current state of affairs! So she basically spit in the face of the american public and came right out and said " I am not going to anwser any of the questions that are asked of me ! So I am going to just stand up here and spout right wing klatches, lies and propaganda! LIke these great hits from the past! They just want to play the blame game! our one of my personnel favorites those liberals are going to raise your taxes!, and last but not least! We are going to bring new fresh ideas to the table because we are Washington outsiders!! LOL Well as you know I sure as heck would not want to play the blame game especially if I am to blame!!!Gosh those taxing liberals, gonna raise the taxes of individuals that make over 250,000 a year! Ya know the folks who don't pay any taxes at all currently! I know thats just gonna kill me!!! Damm if McCain is a Washington outsider then we all have surely passed into fantasy land! Considering that he and most of all the other republicans for seven years walked hand in hand with George W. And I blew my friends head off Tricky Dicky Cheney ! I must say this was the first debate I ever watched where you gave shout outs to people, and those winks she kept giving to the camera I felt like I was being picked up by a whore and she was telling me how much she loved me! Of course that love was gonna cost me aand the country its very existence! Look Nobody is asking that you like Obama our Biden! All we are asking is you sit down without your prejudice and actually watch the debate again! Then when your done please do not go to the Fox propaganda channel Glenn Beck to get your after the debate facts and redirect ! Look up the facts for yourselfs otherwise you are nothing more then the ignorant pissants that they truly believe you to be! I am so ashamed that this great nation built by the blood of our fathers has been so easily flushed down the toilet not in protest but on the shoulders of these ignorant pathetic DiDO heads!!!!!!!


Ichu   October 3rd, 2008 3:56 pm ET

My God is she going to be the VP with this kind of unprofessional vocabulary? "Doggone", “gosh darns”, “heck yeahs” and winks?

Just imagine her meeting foreign dignitaries and trying to charm them with her cute looks, and winks!!!


Nikki   October 3rd, 2008 4:12 pm ET

"Biden debates Palin recites."

Sarah Palin was very good at reciting her rehearsed talking points, even interjecting them when they didn't even apply. All talk, no substance.


lori   October 3rd, 2008 4:20 pm ET

Last night's debate was another example of why Sarah Palin should not be considered for the second highest office in our nation. Instead of asking the questions she was asked by the moderator, she simply repeated the sound bites that she had been coached to say. I found her mannerisms to be condescending and fake. Joe Biden showed us what we already knew-that he is knowledgeable, competent, well-qualified and prepared for the job. As 'understudy for the President', the Vice President needs to be just as qualified to be President.


Rene Adam   October 3rd, 2008 4:28 pm ET

Why are people so concerned about whether Palin is qualified to be president should something happen to McCain???

Shouldn't we be concerned with the qualifications of the people actually running for president?!?!?


Timothy Cannon   October 3rd, 2008 4:39 pm ET

“Pathetic Palin Ponders Aimlessly”

as a previous business owner, if i was interviewing her for a job,, i would not hire her. she decided to answer her own questions verses what was asked. she failed the interview process.

she reminded me of "Robin" Batman's sidekick! "golly, gee,McCain, can we do that?? pow! blatz! kabam! boy we just trashed another country!!!"

is she saying also that retreating our troops to refocus and allow Iraq to govern it's own people,,, is a "white flag" of surrender? to me that is very dis-respectful of our troops coming home, just like what happened to our Vietnam Veterans... to say we failed?? that is not the case, it's a matter of re-thinking our priorities. we have to respect that some cultures are very different than ours,, though we should work with the UN in standing against genocide,, and to capture the ones responsible for 9/11


Jrcy   October 3rd, 2008 4:43 pm ET

I think if your going to be coached you should at least act like you thought of this on your own. Biden answered every question and from what i've seen pretty honest. Palin on the other hand, confused the hell out of both me and my wife. Thank God for DVR because that rewind function to hear the question that she was supposed to be answering came in handy. Yeah she sounded intelligent when she spoke, but if the questions were linked to here response, maybe Both my wife and I would feel safer with her decision to send tax cuts bill to mother nature for every hurricane she sends through the gulf instead of FEMA to aide the victims, oh wait I forgot at unless the middle class can hit the jackpot, and actually get money to support your local emergency responders, because remember they too have huge bills to pay too and cutting taxes for for the rich doesn't make things easier on the middle class who pay the same thing no matter what you say or do, which that money goes to Programs such as FEMA, that now have to give a Percentage Stupid executives who said they are innocent they need atleast $10 million dollars to pay for their mortgages and another tax break so they can maitain their status as top tier citizens of the United States. Yeah MIDDLE CLASS are we the BACKBONE in their eyes or are we just a POLITICAL TERM??

Biden Wins Hands down, Palin well TINA FEY YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Melody   October 3rd, 2008 5:35 pm ET

" Biden should be forbidden in white house"


Carla   October 3rd, 2008 6:20 pm ET

Senator McCain and Gov. Palin are what this country needs. Both McCain and Palin have they expertise and I would feel safer with McCain as President with all the turmoil in the world and Gov. Palin has experience and will get rid of wasteful spending in Washington as she has done in Alaska.
Also why doesn't CNN and the rest of the media just report the news and not be so bias. Let the people actually make the decision of who they want to be President and Vice President. Why do they all try to make the point that McCain will be same as Bush. Are you your father, I doubt it, and also what would you have done if you were President and the attack of 9/11 happened while you were in office. No one knows until they walk in the other person's shoes.


SANDY   October 3rd, 2008 6:22 pm ET

I would love to know why CNN thinks it is important to go to foriegn countrys and get the peoples opioion on who should be our next president. I don't care what thier opionion is. If they told me we should vote of obama, I would vote for McCain and vs versa. Report on what we here in America want for the United States .


Pravin G Nath   October 3rd, 2008 6:24 pm ET

"Biden Bail in Sarah pale out "

Of the four presidential candidates Joe Biden stands No.1


Mark   October 3rd, 2008 6:44 pm ET

Put lipstick on a Democrat and you still have a whining bunch of people wanting handouts. My values and beliefs are what I will use when I vote Nov 4th. Palin did a yeoman's job while Biden just attacked George Bush. When will the Democrats tell the world they want a socialistic state and what that will mean to "Joe 6-pack" down the road? With a Democratic controlled Congress we can't afford a Democratic President. It wasn't good when it was all Republican control either. We need the balance.


Christine from Anchorage, AK   October 3rd, 2008 6:48 pm ET

"Palin sends chills to Alaskans."

She's becoming an embarrassment to Alaskans. Most of us had no idea that she's so unsophisticated, unintelligent, and undiplomatic. The level of her irrogance is astonishing. Doesn't she realize that Americans deserve better than what she can deliver? It's hard for me to believe that her pretty face and fake Fargo accent are buying her votes. Since when did we start accepting "hockey mom" status, "PTA membership", and "union employee" as qualified credentials for the vice presidency?! Are we really that desperate?!


LINDA   October 3rd, 2008 8:10 pm ET

I think the last 8 years under a Republican President have been bad. BUT, do the people even think about things that happened in our government pre the last 8 years. Everything is trickle down effect, basically inherited from previous administrations. Be it Republican or Democrat. The debate last night was exciting. Full kudos to Mrs. Palin. She talked to the most important people, middle class America. My vote for McCain and Palin is assured.


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Marilyn   October 3rd, 2008 10:29 pm ET

Healine for Palis is "Its the Energy...stupid"....she clearly won on the energy issue...and this really is the industry that is on the horizon to produce the number of jobs this economy needs to survive. And, frankly, I was suprised that Biden could not match her on this issue given his almost 30 years in the Senate.

Headline for Biden is "I know Maverick McCain..." he knew her head of the ticket better than she did, and she really could not defend a position that it clearly looked like she did not support herself.


Shaquita   October 3rd, 2008 10:47 pm ET

"Drill Baby Drill" especially since all three Senators voted for the Bailout.


maureen molina   October 4th, 2008 6:11 am ET

Nancy Pelosi can take Mr. and Mrs. Jones and waltz them into Wall Street. They sure as heck aren't on Main Street.

What they did today is to allow the financial institutions to continue to rip their customers off with their interest vs principal. They don't as we all know make money off of the people that are now paying on the principal of their loans, credit cards, whatever. Incidentally, today I recieved a "card" from our bank. We were $208.00 overdrawn on checking. After the $150.00 "processing fee" was attached it came to a grand total $358.00. Thanks elected officials who voted this travesty of a bill in. You can take Mr. and Mrs Jones and stuff them where the sun don't shine!!!!!

The most repeated comment I heard after this "bail out" was passed is that people are going to leave enough money in their accounts to keep the account open, some are closing accounts altogether. Money orders will be used to pay bills, no more checks. Savings accounts are going to wiped out . "Main Street" might see a very negative effect on thier win and I hope they do.

By the way, since they are handing out billions to legal felons in this country we could sure use a couple hundred thousand dollars to pay offf our loan. Thanks again ELECTED politicians- what goes around comes around!!!!


Howard Rothman   October 4th, 2008 7:52 am ET

This is a question: The VP candidates, supposedly, did not know the questions to be asked beforehand. If so, what were they, especially Palin, looking down at and reading on their podiums?


ATL - Payne   October 4th, 2008 8:41 am ET

And 'Melody'

Your ignorance should be forbidden from this blog!


Jon Phillip Boulton   October 4th, 2008 10:22 am ET

Either person would do a great job, but Sarah Palin is better than Joe.


Mike   October 4th, 2008 12:06 pm ET

Biden won! Palin was very scripted and she did not answer the questions. She kept winking her eye & talking down to the public.This is not a beauty contest, we are not in grade school & Palin can't charm us with her winks, smiles and folksy talk. This is a very serious election and it is about moving this country forward. Palin & Mccain represent 4 more years of George Bush's failed policies. I'm a Republican, and I will definitely vote Obama-Biden on Nov. 4.


PAMYK   October 4th, 2008 12:41 pm ET

Sarah Palin-You Go Girl!!!
Obama can't even get the number of years he has been married correct. You do not see his wife with him as much as the McCain and
Palin mates are with their spouses. This tells me she is too busy
with her own life. As Sarah Palin shows she can do it all.
You remember the old saying of "Bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and take care of the man"-well she adds the family and know she can take care of the nation. Do not underestimate this mighty lady
with fortitude, honor, and knowledge to pursue and prevail for the country and the people. Only thing Obama can manage to do is talk and doesn't walk the walk-he is a straight from Chicago politiciain-just
wanting to move to Washington.
People wake up!!!


Mark from Tennessee   October 4th, 2008 1:26 pm ET

"Cuteness no match for Expierience"
After watching the debate for the fifth time. I tried so hard to find a reason as to why anyone could possible consider this a contest. I guess if you are a Sarah Palin want a be that would be ok. Then you would find everything that she do and say acceptable.

I'm sorry people even the best conmentator with all thier knowledge can't convince me that the republican ticket is one that I could consider. The front runner Mr. McCain himself is sneaky and decieving. His only intrest is to become president so that he can get into bed with the big oil companies and to fill his pockets with oil money by drilling in Alaska that will fall under the approval of his VP who is from Alaska and would be over energy. She to will profit as well.

When it comes to foriegn policy Sen. McCain in my opinion will engage us in war as long as it benifits his intrest and not that of national security. I really can see a stinch in this party that is now becoming to smell all across america.

I studied for a test and memorized everything that I needed to in order to pass that test, but when it came to the final exam I was lost because the questions were different. I had to rely on everthing that I had learned in that semester just to pull out of it with a C+. So what I'm saying is this, anyone can study to pass a quizz. But you have to know to pass the finals.

American's don't want cuteness in the Whitehouse
We don't want Warmongers
We don't want slick underhanded profit coverups
We don't want air heads
We don't want people that are so old that as soon as they are sworn in the fall dead.
We don't want liars
We don't want people under scrutny
We don't want people whose party is divided and unsure
We don't want Maverick because they don't listen to anyone except themselves.
I guess we just don't want republicans.


racjen   October 4th, 2008 2:00 pm ET

In Battle of "Age Vs Beauty", the tie goes to Beauty!


what the hell   October 4th, 2008 3:13 pm ET

Sarah Palin should be ashamed, she is by no means qualified to be VP, John Mccain should have chosen someone better suited for the position. i cannot and will not vote in this elcetion because I don't support Oboma but will not endorse Sarah Palin


Steve Hautala   October 4th, 2008 8:29 pm ET

Joe Biden talked of real change instead of a repeat of the same leadership we have had for the past eight years. Sarah Palin needs to start thinkin instead of winkin her way to the Vice-Presidency.


Cassandra   October 5th, 2008 12:04 am ET

I'm appalled by the fact that the Republican party thinks Americans are absolutely stupid! The audacity of them to parade Sarah Palin around and try to pass her off as an actual viable candidate for the Vice Presidency/Presidency of the United States shows how little they think of us. On a daily basis, our intelligence is continually insulted. It is pitiful that people want to keep the Republican party in office so bad that the would stoop so low as to put someone in office who CANNOT communicate without being spoon fed and even then apparently some food missed her mouth. As an American, I deserve better and so does everyone else.


Matt   October 5th, 2008 12:32 am ET

Biden is Intelligent, Palin can Read and Wink


Crystal   October 5th, 2008 12:39 am ET

I keep on hearing many republicans defend that way Sarah Pallin talks saying that it is how most American's talk. Well, I think that there is a double standard here because if Barrack Obama were to talk slang he would automatically be seen as an uneducated person. I think that the candidates should have the decency to speak scholarly, the way Pallin spoke is what I expect from my sons grade 2 teacher.


Gail   October 5th, 2008 2:26 am ET

My headline would read, "Biden wins debate against Babbling Barbie". How can anyone possibly think that she won? She refused to answer the questions and changed the subject to things that she had rehearsed. That's not a debate if Biden gives intelligent answers and she clouds the time with meaningless babble about nothing and adds in a little bit of "hey America I'm just like you" crap. Anyone with half a brain could listen to that junk and see that she has no substance. I can only imagine what leaders of other countries would think if they had to sit down with her and listen to that nonsense. It is very scary to think that she could possibly be president if something happened to "ancient McCain". She let people know that she wants more power than the Vice-President has even though she has no idea what actually happens in Washington. People have got to be smart enough to see through her mindless ranting and see her for what she really is, Manipulative and Inexperienced!


Peg from West Bend WI   October 5th, 2008 10:05 am ET

I wasn’t a Soccer Mom. I’m not even a Folksy Mom. I’m just a regular Mom with two grown children. The last 24 years have provided me with valuable lessons, like organizing my time, the importance of adult conversation, and not tolerating immature, unreasonable behavior. Palin’s comment regarding Obama’s “palling around" with terrorists has pushed me to my limit. I have the urge to sit her down on a Fisher Price chair and say, “Okay Sarah, now just. . . tell me. . . the truth.”

And now it's been reported that the Republicans will use their remaining time (and money) to air only negative ads instead of ads regarding their plans for the future?? Sigh. Could we please just have the election tomorrow and get back to adult conversation? I’ve lived through the tattling, truth stretching, nonsensical years. I’ve paid my dues. Dear Lord, my kids act more like adults than McCain and Palin.

I would like to give them both a Time Out for bad behavior.


JCinTX   October 5th, 2008 10:25 am ET

What is going on with the sign up and vote in OHIO??? Robin, you are from there, is that how it has always been? They should have set standard for nationwide voting ballets/system of voting period! This is just great, bus in people to register and vote right then. In Texas you MUST REGISTER a month before Nove 4th. and SHOW PICTURE ID IF NOT YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION CARD. What can be done about this???!!!


Mindy   October 5th, 2008 1:04 pm ET

Palin – Dumbing it Down!

It is no wonder that we have a financial crisis. We are won over by a cute, nonfactual, cheerleader. Come on people, she didn't debate, she didn't hold her own ....she is MTV gone country. She says cute phrases, and throws out information that is untrue and never states what they are going to do if they take office. What is their plan on anything except to stay in a war over oil.

Listen to the debates! How many times can you handle a vice presidential canidate wink ing at the camera. Why is she winking?

I love America and I believe we need diplomacy more than we need to fight, fight, fight (chearleader). We need to understand every countries strengths and weakenesses and how each country fits into the whole system. Stop dumbing it down!


Clair Washington State   October 5th, 2008 3:01 pm ET

"Gosh Darn" here comes Palin on her Big Horse with the big Gun ridiin in to save "this here country" are we ready? Absoultely not. We don't need another mud slinging mouth, to pick up votes. Shame on Palin/Mcain campaign. As a woman she (Palin) is an embarassment to the women in this country.


Laura   October 5th, 2008 4:52 pm ET

Okay all you MTV thinking Americans – you would rather vote for a PRESIDENT that has absolutely NO experience in foreign or even domestic affairs, our national security, etc. because he's young and hip and your movie/rock stars stand behind him? (you seriously need an education) In the same breath you slam Palin for not having the experience to be the next VP? She has more intelligence, strength, fortitude and energy to be VP than Biden. And that also goes to if she had to run the White House. At least Palin will learn to be President IF McCain should go WHILE IN the White House – not on the campaign trail. Obama is nothing but the Democrats' PUPPET! Obama says yes to anything the Dems tell him to do or say. Biden even said it best: "Obama has asked me to be with him when foreign affairs are at hand" – reeeeallllly – do ya think it is because HE DOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FOREIGN AFFAIRS??

P.S. Everytime I see Obama-Biden I can't help but to think
Osama Bi(n La)den Kind of a scarey..........


Timothy Cannon   October 5th, 2008 4:55 pm ET

The Penguin and Robin Team Up? Is Gotham Safe Now? Can Batman Survive?


Gabriel Kohn   October 5th, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Not only is Palin unqualified for the position but speaks terribly of McCain who clearly nominated Palin as a Political Strategy to distract attention away from the Democrats. Clearly the nomination was not based on the benefit of the country. As VicePresient, there would not be a single aspect in which Palin can contribute to the welfare of the American People nor its battered economy.
Thankfully Mccain political maneuver is backfiring as enough exposure has demonstrated that Palin is unqualified and that McCain judgement is not suitable to qualify for American President.


Bill   October 6th, 2008 8:14 am ET

Andrew McCain worked for Silver Street Bank and he is the prime example of CEO corruption in this country. He has received bonuses in the millions and jumped shipped two months before the bank went under. Was this an attempt to plunder the bank for as much as possible? How can John McCain continue to say he will stop corruption? Do I even need to mention Keating 6 allegations ?


Pam West   October 6th, 2008 12:31 pm ET

Sarah Palin-You Go Girl!!!
Biden had a attitude and you could tell by his facial expressions that he was getting upset. He is not a cool cucumber.
Sarah has come a long way in just a few years-think what great things she will do for usin the white house!
Plus his running mate-Obama can’t even get the number of years he has been married correct. You do not see his wife with him as much as the McCain and Palin mates are with their spouses. This tells me she is too busy with her own life.
As Sarah Palin shows she can do it all.
You remember the old saying of “Bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and take care of the man”-well she adds the family and know she can take care of the nation. Do not underestimate this mighty lady
with fortitude, honor, and knowledge to pursue and prevail for the country and the people.
Biden is right along with the politician plan.
Only thing Obama/Biden can manage to do is talk and doesn’t walk the walk-Obama is a straight from Chicago politician-just
wanting to move to Washington. We do not need more of this in Washington.
People wake up!!!


Paul DeLauter   October 6th, 2008 2:32 pm ET

1.Sarah Can Cram For An Exam!
2.Set The Bar Low Enough Even Palin Looks Knowledgeable.


Nate Williams   October 6th, 2008 9:36 pm ET

Hello Robin,

Im Nate Williams and im 13 years old and i watched all of the debate from start to finish. I believe that Sara Palin did better than most people expected but, I think that Biden did do much better. Watching your show i saw 64% of people believed that Biden did a better job and that 36% think Palin did a better job. In the end I think the best thing that the world needs is to stop fighting and have a canidate that supports ideas of each other. I think are country is having to much problems already and thats why I think we need change we can believe in.


Nate Williams   October 6th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Hello im replying to Laura's answer i think you need to understand that even though Obama may not have that much foreign or domestic affairs. That that would be why he picked Senator Joe Biden. Also to me more of America is finding that the economy is the top issue now and that we need to solve that problem fist before. We can even disxuss foreign affairs or the War in Iraq.


Carilyn   October 7th, 2008 2:13 am ET

it amazes me that Americans think that their vote really counts. Even if they did they would be nuts if they had not decided a long time ago who to vote on


Dawn Hayford   October 7th, 2008 7:05 am ET

I was shocked at Sara Palin's total disregard for the questions being asked. She made it clear that she had no intention of answering the questions and I just think that all of the political analysts totally dropped the ball by claiming she "exceeded expectations" just because she talked about what she wanted to talk about. Of course Sara Palin can discuss energy independence – however, there is so much more to being VP and I can only hope that my fellow Americans see what I see.


Dawn Hayford   October 7th, 2008 7:29 am ET

I also need to respond to Laura's comments above.

Laura, it is fine to have an opinion but first, there is no need to criticize your fellow Americans for their choices. I can assure you that it is not only the "twenty somethings" voting for Mr. Barack Obama. As a nation in crisis, we are looking to change and we are looking for a Democrat to bring it on. The Republican party has made it quite clear that they do not have our best interest at heart or they would have stepped in long before now to ensure our financial security.

As far as Biden is concerned, you are absolutely correct. Obama DID bring Joe Biden in for his foreign experience – that's what you do if you don't have the expertise, you bring in someone who does. Senator McCain had one agenda when bringing Palin on and that was for her SUPERSTAR personality, NOT her experience. Now you tell me – which one makes more sense???


Michael   October 7th, 2008 8:27 am ET

Ok. I have had enough. I am sick of everyone saying Palin won the debate when she didn't Its hard to get with some of you people. I mean seriously, if Biden came out full swinging, you guys would call him a bully. If he tries to come out as a nice guy, the you say he a terrible debater. You guys need to stop being misguided and look at both candidates equally. Most of you haven't looked at the issues. I asked people on the street about the issues of there candidate. Wouldn't you believe it, none of them knew. So what ever happens to America in the next four years is all your falt. Have a nice day.


Michael   October 7th, 2008 8:44 am ET

Oh, and another thing. Everyone says the democrats are in charge of the world, when in reality they are not. Anything they want to do the president can just Veto.


Henry   October 7th, 2008 10:23 am ET

Why should or would I vote for people, who have very low self-esteem issues. People who run for or work for any governmental office or agency was this character flaw. To make themselves feel whole they run for the illusion of power of office or agency. A person with good self-esteem doesn't need or want to be in control of others. they truly know that the only thing they do have control over is themselves. They respect themselves and others, no matter where the others come from or what they believe. Respecting yourself and others WILL TAKE CARE OF MANY OF SOCIETY'S PROBLEMS! The ONLY laws on the books that truly protect are the ones that protect the enviroment, all the others are for is CONTROLLING YOU.


Pattie   October 7th, 2008 12:01 pm ET

My headline:

Gotcha vs. Betcha!


Pattie   October 7th, 2008 12:07 pm ET

My headline:

Gotcha vs. Betcha!

I am absolutely FLOORED that anyone could think Sarah Palin did anything but promote herself. She is just a cutsy little chick who is an insult to intelligent women. IF she is indeed a serious candidate for one of the highest offices in our land, let her ACT like a serious candidate. I'm middle-class, a baseball mom, a teacher and respected, I feel. I enjoy fun, but this is serious business, and I honestly don't think Sarah Palin is serious about anything except Palin in 2012. I get a warm fuzzy just thinking about what Hillary Clinton could do to this bit of fluff.

Joe Biden looked every inch a statesman, a leader, an intelligent choice to represent our country. Sarah Palin looked like a high school cheerleader who was all dressed up, by golly!


Pattie   October 7th, 2008 12:13 pm ET

to Pam West:

Re: the absence of Joe Biden's wife. Perhaps you didn't realize it, but Joe's son left for Iraq the day following the debates and his mother in law was desperately ill and passed away on Sunday following the debates. I cannot help but admire a lady who puts her family first. A lesson Ms. Palin might consider when she's putting her children in front of cameras at times when they should be tucked snugly into bed!


ladyalways   October 7th, 2008 2:18 pm ET

Read the stories of Pit Bulls:
Pit Bulls Kill 7-Year-Old In Texas (5/19/2008)
Former Texans Player Charged After Dog Attack (6/5/2008)
Fort Worth Man Shoots, Kills Neighbor's Dogs (8/26/2008)
37 Pit Bulls Seized From Johnson County House (6/24/2008)
Toddler Critical After Fort Worth Pit Bull Attack (5/15/2008)
Dallas Neighborhood Fights Back Against Pit Bulls

and Palin wants to classify herself as one. Go figure??


Alicia From New Hampshire   October 7th, 2008 11:13 pm ET

Who does she think she is referring to me as "Joe Six Pack"


Donna Tokazowski   October 8th, 2008 6:56 am ET

"Mud Wrestling Match Between Obama and McCain"

"Good Evening Ladies and Gentleman. For This evening's entertainment both candidates for the presidency will challenge each other in a 3 round mud wrestling match. Both candidates will appear in Speedo's and continue to sling mud at each other until none of the objectives of their respective campaigns will be recognizable. There is only one rule of this game: the player who continues to keep his speedo on (and continue to hold on to his dignity) through out the 3 round match will win the votes of the American People.
Ding, Ding, Ding....Let the Slinging Begin!


ovetta   October 8th, 2008 7:54 am ET

WHO IS "THAT ONE", SEN. MCCAIN? AND YOU WANTED TO TALK ABOUT "RESPECT".


Kathleen Burger   October 8th, 2008 7:58 am ET

Historically, no one votes for president based upon the running mate. Well, maybe this election will be different. I can't imagine Sarah Palin in the White House. She and her husband have ignored a legally issued subpoena. Do we really need yet another politician with no respect for the law? As an side, my thanks go to CNN for the fact-checking section. It might be the best tool available to educate the electorate. We've become so jaded, so expecting of lies from politicians. But one thing is for sure; using the measure of whether you are better off now than you were 8 or even 4 years ago makes it clear we need to clean house.


Brenda Tullos   October 8th, 2008 8:12 am ET

My headline would be "NO CLUE!" Neither candidate has the best interest of the American people at heart. Both candidates discussed how best to spend American tax dollars. I believe I can spend my money much better than either candidate. I would like to pay my light bill istead of paying for Rum.


Greg R   October 8th, 2008 8:48 am ET

Who Would You Rather Trust A Muslim or an American?


Sarah   October 8th, 2008 8:52 am ET

My personal headline re: McCain vs Obama at Town Hall:

"We're Screwed....."


Randy Overly   October 8th, 2008 8:53 am ET

" All Fingers, No facts!"


Allison   October 8th, 2008 10:02 am ET

It's said that Palin exceeded expectations... but quite honestly were they really that high to begin with? I thought that Palin didn't know what she was doing or saying half the time. She avoided the sensitive issues and answered with the answers that she practiced for. On the other hand I thought that she looked very presidential and she gave good responses to questions about like what she is going to do as vice president and about issues on world issues.


jane, michigan   October 8th, 2008 10:13 am ET

THERE WAS NO "DEBATE" THERE
Just stump speeches in new venue (yawn)


Cindylou   October 8th, 2008 10:49 am ET

Get your waders out! Moose-patty palin is spreading the muck around!

P.S. Biden won!


jeff   October 8th, 2008 11:16 am ET

i wasint impressed with the duhhhh ex govenor maveric brak wee wooo yep my parots smarter than she is


Jake   October 8th, 2008 1:07 pm ET

Palin's "run out the clock" debate strategy ran out of time. Penalty assessed: back to the boonies.

Biden delivered Superbowl win!

Since Palin thinks she can see Russia from her yard (which a CNN reporter said she can't), I can qualify as an astronaut, since I can see the moon from my yard.


midwest mike   October 9th, 2008 7:55 am ET

"ART IMITATES LIFE, TINA FEY AS PALIN-LAUGHABLE; PALIN AS VP, ALSO LAUGHABLE!"


Vickie Felder   October 9th, 2008 8:56 am ET

I am angry because if Barrack Obama was a white man he would be 50 points ahead.One would think in 2008 we have gotten beyond racism in this country.I have voted for a white man for 40 years and I didn't see anything about that in the headlines.Mccain throwed up a balloon and down it came with Sarah Palin's pretty face and being caucasian thinking he had it all.Women please don't let McCain make a fool of your intelligence.Please sit and watch Ms.Palin...you are talking about a dark side to Obama,but you haven't seen anything yet.What you are getting ready to find out about Palin WILL change your mind.Vote for the person on merit not RACE.


Mrs. Texas Teacher   October 9th, 2008 9:45 am ET

Palin is a McBarbie. They come will all different hair colors, but if you look inside their heads..... they are air heads! If you pull the cord in her back she will tell you some little sentences that have been programed into her voice box! She will wink and blink and smile. Most of the time she says Maverick! The sad thing is that no matter what you ask her, she gives you those same tired answers. Now Mrs. McBush has joined her. Th


McCain vs. Obama at town hall: What’s your headline? | Robin Meade Blog   October 9th, 2008 10:20 am ET

[...] We're always writing headlines, but we learned from the Vice Presidential debate you the viewers do a far better job than we do. [...]


Dr. James Brewer   October 10th, 2008 8:45 am ET

"No local candidates: Palin from North Pole, Biden from Neptune"


cheryl faile, conway, sc   October 10th, 2008 10:18 am ET

Well "joe 6pack" and you betcha, antics make me sick, to think that this woman who would guide our nation if McCain keels over is a joke, can't you just see her talking to other nations the way she talks to us as if we were in the 3rd grade class and extra credit for the wink she would give them for her opinion.

I have change from republican to democrate because of McCain/Palin slanderous attitude and labeling a man as a terrorist just because of his race/political beliefs. They are the terrorists, trying to engage in terrorist activities by inciting the racialism we have worked so hard as a nation to overcome.

Just think, she can use her position as the gov of Alaska, to fire someone for having the odasity to divorce her relative...talk about power she wants, and her husband using gov money to lead the campain from her office..What is this,,That is the reason the alaska voters have voted 3 times and passed, to move the capital from juneau where people can't go to, to anchorage which would be more citizen accessibility. And the elected officials and families that own the offices where the capital is housed would finally be vacant again, and juneau would loose money, DON'T BELIEVE ME, investigate who owns the building, you will get a big surprise. I loved my 10yrs in alaska, but saw how their government never listed to their citizens. Also a little history, the pipeline that runs in alaska was sold to an overseas consordium, when the oil go into the ships then we ship it overseas for refinement, we get to pay import on the oil that came from those pipes, so please tell me that is right and what is wrong with this picture. Remember don't throw the rocks because of the glass house you may live in.
It could come back to haunt you,,,we have sold our country out to manufactures in the usa, who are always looking for cheaper labor and bigger returns on their money, to heck with the citizens in USA, we as citizens need to have all parties running to represent this country, explain how they plan to bring jobs and stability back to us. Health care is a joke in the united states, the insurance companies have gone way out, and they are allowed to cancel/not cover/ make higher and higher deductibles on citizens that can't afford this any longer, you wanted big brother in our lives, now it is happening. YOU WILL SEE.


Clair Washington State   October 10th, 2008 11:34 am ET

I have been watching both party candidates and their wives on the news. In my opinion you need a future first lady with personality and charisima. I have watched John McCain's wife, and she has a cold, standoff persona about her. Barrack Obama's wife is friendly smiles and has an ability to speak and still maintain an outgoing personality. She comes across as a strong person and I think she would be an asset to this country as the First Lady of our great country.


Sharon in Oklahoma   October 16th, 2008 12:43 am ET

Sara won the debate. She is a reformer and has a track record to prove it. I think she'll do great in DC. I don't think the old guard will like her honesty and her convictions. She is an Ester. She was born for such a time as this. Don't make fun of her voice or her hair. We all could speak better and improve our looks. From what I saw I think Senator Biden liked her. He did a good job and I respect him very much. I want change and I feel the Mccain -Palin ticket offer the best change.


Tammy   October 26th, 2008 9:44 am ET

Biden vs palin 10-03-2008


daveorlando   October 29th, 2008 11:57 am ET

elizabeth hasselbeck???? a tennis shoe designer/ survivor loser, this is the voice of america? come on people, these are not viable credentials for a presidential election. maybe this is enough for a fashion statement, but that is all. pretty faces are not enough to make a voter more knowledgible about issues.

palin is to mccain, as hasselbeck is to palin....not enough substance.



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