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Biden's Debate Prep Partner: Gov. Granholm


Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm pictured at a Detroit hearing, Sept. 3, 2008. (REUTERS)

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden has tapped Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to help prepare him for his Oct. 2 debate in St. Louis with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

The move is perhaps the most obvious nod to the question Biden is being asked by Democrats at nearly all of his events: How will the longtime senator take on the GOP fresh -- and female -- face who is now reshaping the race? Granholm is expected to spend several days playing Palin as Biden makes his preparations.

With the McCain campaign already sharply accusing both Biden and Sen. Barack Obama of sexism for their remarks over the past couple of days, the debate could prove tricky for the occasionally gaffe-prone Biden, who famously declared his future running mate "clean" and "articulate" last year and dubbed Palin "good-looking" when she was first picked by McCain. (Of course, the McCain campaign has latched onto Palin's looks, as well, distributing buttons saying "The Hottest VP from the Coolest State" at the Republican Convention last week.)

At a fundraiser in Chicago on Tuesday night, Biden previewed the challenge of taking on Palin.

"Folks, look. I know what she's going to try to do," Biden said, according to ABC News. "She's going to try to make it as personal as she can. She's going to take a lot of straight lefts and jabs at me, she's going to try to get me to respond, she's going to try to get me to respond in a personal way. That's not my style. I'm not going to do it."

The decision to avoid such parries reflects the challenge the Obama campaign has in approaching Palin. For several days after Palin was selected, Biden publicly suggested taking on Palin wouldn't be a big deal, as he has spent years debating women on the floor of the Senate. But Biden, who is known for speaking in paragraphs, has also said that he watched Palin's speech last week and was impressed by her concise "zingers."

"I'm not good at the one-line zingers," he told a crowd last week in Virginia Beach. "That's not my deal. If that's going to be the measure how these debates are judged, I'm not going to do very well."

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Here is a thought to ponder. The Vice President's only constitutional responsibility is to 1) preside over the Senate 2) Be ready to step in if the President becomes incapacitated. VPs have often been given other duties over the years as the President saw fit.

John McCain is 72 and has medical issues. There is a much higher probability that he will die or become incapacitated within the next four years, than Barak Obama.

Should McCain/Palin win in November and McCain becomes incapacitated or dead, we will have Sarah Palin as Commander in Chief with no Vice President immediately on hand to offset her relative lack of experience.

If Obama/Biden win in November, there will be a young Harvard Graduate as President and a second in command who has 30+ years experience in foreign policy, if the president becomes incapacitated.

Who would you feel safer with, answering the phone at 3:00 in the morning!?

Posted by: Gumby | September 13, 2008 12:51 AM

Let's not forget that John McCain represents a 3rd Bush term. Obama is the real agent of change, despite McCain's recent adoption/theft of Obama's campaign slogan. Change! Not McSame.

Posted by: McCain = Bush | September 11, 2008 2:08 PM

Yesterday Biden said Hillary would make a better candidate. Some took that as a sign he may be withrawing in her favor, so as to improve the odds that the Dems can pull this one out of the fire.

How come this post didn't mention that?

It could be that it's a Palin vs. Hillary debate. Joe would rather see the Dems win than to be on a losing ticket, making him a three-time presidential race loser.

And then he'd be a real powerbroker, having cleared the way for a Dem win.

How come no discussion of this today at the Trail? It was Perry Bacon who first broke this story...

Perry, where's the follow-up?

Posted by: Outside the Box | September 11, 2008 12:55 PM

Why does everybody fret so much about "international stature" when half the world thinks our own government was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks? "oooh, look at me, I'm so smart and compassionate because I'm so very worried about what the nutjobs overseas think about us!" Good grief.

The only people playing the "you can't criticize me" shtick in this campaign is the Obama campaign. Political scientists will be studying his campaign for generations to come. "How to Deflect Criticism about your Gaseous Vapidity 101" and "How to Play the Race Card Against Yourself 102" will be popular on campuses throughout the country in a few years.

Posted by: HT | September 11, 2008 12:14 PM

McCain = Bush. Remember that when you vote. Are you better off than you were 8 years ago? Did McCain vote with W 90% of the time? Yes he did. That is not reform. That is not change. A lobbyist runs his campaign. McCain is a fake.

Posted by: MaverickReformerHockeyMom | September 11, 2008 11:27 AM

I lost all respect for this guy intellecutally way back when he was sitting on the committee grilling to be Supreme Court Nominee Clarence Thomsas.

As a US Senator he was questionning a young female accuser and looked like a deer in the headlights. He was absolutely dumbfounded that sexual harrassment existed in the workplace even though his very same government three years prior required all agencies and companies to create an approved Sexual Harassment Policy if they received government funding.

Now he needs to get a female to help him prepare for a debate. WHAT ABOUT KNOWING WHAT YOU BELEIVE IN AND BEING ABLE TO STANDUP AND USE YOUR OWN MIND!!!!
Is this guy going to get a stand in if he needs to make presidential decisions possibly. If you can't figure it out yourself get someone who can but get out!!!!!!!!!
This guy is a total loser.

Posted by: Chris | September 11, 2008 9:50 AM

It is scary to think that many Americans will base their decision on whom to vote for on a television debate. Biden is obviously more qualified to be Vice President. If McCain and Palin get in, the internationalstature of the U.S. will once again suffer. I can tell you right now that we Canadians as well as all of Europe simply cannot comprehend how your country can bring to power people like George W. Bush and the Republicans. Haven't you learned your lesson?

Posted by: backendofabus | September 11, 2008 1:21 AM

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Posted by: dddddddd | September 11, 2008 1:15 AM

Here is what will happen on November 4, 2008.
McCain and Palin, as true reformers, will be elected President and Vice President of the United States. And the Democrats will lose the majority in the house. The only thing the American people dislike more than Bush is the Democrat Controlled Congress.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 11:46 PM

The only Bridge to No Where she needs to stop is the one that Obama is on.

Posted by: NOBama | September 10, 2008 11:43 PM

The reason Biden needs to be careful is because the viewing audience is not necessarily judging the debate on the merits of the arguments, but on "the best one-liners" and "come-upances".

When is this nation going to wake up to the fact that we need as leaders individuals who are exceptional, not typical? People with a broad range of experiences that can fully understand and appreciate the complexities of the world, and even of our very diverse nation. From what I've learned about Ms. Palin, it seems she's spent her entire life in small, almost all-white towns in the West. How can she possibly fully appreciate the challenges of our urban areas, the cultural differences between the North and the South, the East and the West, and the issues and challenges within our many ethnic communities, much less understand political and cultural world issues and diplomacy?

Palin does not come anywhere close to being the most qualified Republican candidate for Vice President (particularly given the heightened stakes: a 72 year-old presidential candidate who's already had several bouts with cancer, and whose own father and grandfather never made it past their mid 70s). This is the most obvious case of voter pandering I can remember, and anyone who suggests otherwise is delusional. These are serious times and the stakes are extremely high. I wish our nation could muster the wisdom to treat it as such.

Posted by: cheryl | September 10, 2008 11:00 PM

Here is what will happen.
November 2008:
Senator Barack Obama and Senator Joe Biden will be elected President and Vice President of the United States!
The Democratic Party will increase the Democratic majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives!
Proposition h8 (the anti-marriage proposition) will be defeated and marriage for everyone will finally be protected forever!
January 2009:
Barack Obama and Joe Biden will be inaugurated President and Vice President of the United States and positive change will finally come to America after 8 years!

Posted by: A Proud Patriotic American | September 10, 2008 8:17 PM

Also...I'm a Republican, so I understand that there are DOZENS of people who are better qualified that Sarah Palin. This is a sad state of affairs when our second best pick is yet another Jesus Phreak. Didn't 8 years of Dubyah teach us that church and state are best kept FAR apart? Disaster. Palin is a neophyte. It is shocking to me that so many men take her seriously.

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 6:30 PM

Previous post is yet another fake JakeD, of course. Clearly, I have the rudimentary intelligence to understand that Palin is just a gimmick. Can America afford another 4 years of the Bush administration in the form of McCain/Palin? I think not.

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 6:22 PM

Scott:

Anything against McCain-Palin is not posted by me (someone else is using my name ; )

Take a look at this:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/10/biden_clinton_might_have_been.html

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 6:08 PM

Hey Barry Obama- This isn't "Change your name Change"...this isn't "bonehead move" change, this isn't " Joe changed his name for the author's name on his law school papers" change, this isn't "I attended the church for 20 years but didn't hear anything controversial" change,

THIS IS REAL-

From Today's Wall Street Journal!
Yes, Palin Did Stop That Bridge
By JIM DEMINT
September 10, 2008
"But, you know, when you've been taking all these earmarks when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up." -- Barack Obama, Sept. 6, 2008
In politics, words are cheap. What really counts are actions. Democrats and Republicans have talked about fiscal responsibility for years. In reality, both parties have a shameful record of wasting hundreds of billions of tax dollars on pork-barrel projects.
My Senate colleague Barack Obama is now attacking Gov. Sarah Palin over earmarks. Having worked with both John McCain and Mr. Obama on earmarks, and as a recovering earmarker myself, I can tell you that Mrs. Palin's leadership and record of reform stands well above that of Mr. Obama.
Let's compare.
Mrs. Palin used her veto pen to slash more local projects than any other governor in the state's history. She cut nearly 10% of Alaska's budget this year, saving state residents $268 million. This included vetoing a $30,000 van for Campfire USA and $200,000 for a tennis court irrigation system. She succinctly justified these cuts by saying they were "not a state responsibility."
Meanwhile in Washington, Mr. Obama voted for numerous wasteful earmarks last year, including: $12 million for bicycle paths, $450,000 for the International Peace Museum, $500,000 for a baseball stadium and $392,000 for a visitor's center in Louisiana.
Mrs. Palin cut Alaska's federal earmark requests in half last year, one of the strongest moves against earmarks by any governor. It took real leadership to buck Alaska's decades-long earmark addiction.
Mr. Obama delivered over $100 million in earmarks to Illinois last year and has requested nearly a billion dollars in pet projects since 2005. His running mate, Joe Biden, is still indulging in earmarks, securing over $90 million worth this year.
Mrs. Palin also killed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in her own state. Yes, she once supported the project: But after witnessing the problems created by earmarks for her state and for the nation's budget, she did what others like me have done: She changed her position and saved taxpayers millions. Even the Alaska Democratic Party credits her with killing the bridge.
When the Senate had its chance to stop the Bridge to Nowhere and transfer the money to Katrina rebuilding, Messrs. Obama and Biden voted for the $223 million earmark, siding with the old boys' club in the Senate. And to date, they still have not publicly renounced their support for the infamous earmark.
Mrs. Palin has proven courageous by taking on big spenders in her own party. In March of this year, the Anchorage Daily News reported that, "Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is aggravated about what he sees as Gov. Sarah Palin's antagonism toward the earmarks he uses to steer federal money to the state."
Mr. Obama had a chance to take on his party when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a sham ethics bill, which was widely criticized by watchdog groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste for shielding earmarks from pubic scrutiny. But instead of standing with taxpayers, Mr. Obama voted for the bill. Today, he claims he helped write the bill that failed to clean up Washington.
Mr. Obama has shown little restraint on earmarks until this year, when he decided to co-sponsor an earmark moratorium authored by Mr. McCain and myself. Mr. Obama is vulnerable on this issue, and he knows it. That is why he is lashing out at Mrs. Palin and trying to hide his own record.
Mrs. Palin is one of the strongest antiearmark governors in America. If more governors around the country would do what she has done, we would be much closer to fixing our nation's fiscal problems than we are.
Mrs. Palin's record here is solid and inspiring. She will help Mr. McCain shut down the congressional favor factory, and she has a record to prove it. Actions mean something. You can't just make stuff up.
Mr. DeMint, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from South Carolina.

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Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 5:43 PM

The blatant theft of the Obama campaign message also underscores the sad desperation of the McSame campaign, Change? Really?

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 5:24 PM
**********

You forgot the one about the "Lizards of Satan" that was debunked with all the Obama side's lies about Palin on CNN last night...Hey, weren't you the one who told me a 16 yo girl had a Baby with a condition known to be related to advanced maternal age?....yeah you were...hey, weren't you the one who criticized Gov. Palin for flying home to Alaska to have her baby after her water broke?...Yeah, you were!
Keep it up- only 55 days to go-

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 5:40 PM

If Biden wants to know how to beat a woman in a debate without looking like a bully, he should replay Geo H.W. Bush's debate with Geraldine Feraro in 1984 when Bush1 "whipped her butt," as he said himself.

Posted by: bgjd1979 | September 10, 2008 5:33 PM

Donna Hughes:

I didn't forget to include anything.

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 5:24 PM

Other cool Palin lies: (we're way beyond the THANKS BUT NO THANKS TO THAT BRIDGE, I'LL KEEP THE FUNDS THOUGH! lie, that is a well established Palin falsehood) "I sold the jet on E-bay." That's a lie. She never sold the jet on e-bay. She sold the jet through a broker. "I fired the chef." Yet another lie, she never fired the chef. She gave the chef a neat new title. The chef continued to cook for the governor, regardless of the neat new title. Palin, sadly, is a typlic lying politician. She is far from a "Maverick Hockey Mom Change Maverick Change." The blatant theft of the Obama campaign message also underscores the sad desperation of the McSame campaign, Change? Really?

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 5:24 PM

Donna - Excerpt from Today's Wall Street Journal, somewhat more reliable than your dailykos-

"Mrs Palin also killed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in her own state. Yes, she once supported the project: But after witnessing the problems created by earmarks for her state and for the nation's budget, she did what others like me have done: She changed her position and saved taxpayers millions. Even the Alaska Democratic Party credits her with killing the bridge.


"When the Senate had its chance to stop the Bridge to Nowhere and transfer the money to Katrina rebuilding, Messrs. Obama and Biden voted for the $223 million earmark, siding with the old boys' club in the Senate. And to date, they still have not publicly renounced their support for the infamous earmark..."

see full post below

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 5:11 PM

Mrs. Palin also killed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in her own state. Yes, she once supported the project: But after witnessing the problems created by earmarks for her state and for the nation's budget, she did what others like me have done: She changed her position and saved taxpayers millions. Even the Alaska Democratic Party credits her with killing the bridge.
Donna - Excert from Today's Wall Street Journal, somewhat more reliable than your dailykos-

"When the Senate had its chance to stop the Bridge to Nowhere and transfer the money to Katrina rebuilding, Messrs. Obama and Biden voted for the $223 million earmark, siding with the old boys' club in the Senate. And to date, they still have not publicly renounced their support for the infamous earmark..."

see full post below

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 5:09 PM

All this gender nonsense cracks me up. If she's really a pitbull, why are they being so sensitive? That's one sensitive pitbull, I tell ya

Posted by: Jason | September 10, 2008 4:59 PM

Guess that was Scott. You guys all sound alike.

Posted by: Donna Hughes | September 10, 2008 4:51 PM

Jake, Ooooooooops! You forgot to include that although Palin finally swa the light and stopped the bridge to nowhere, she still kept the money.

Palin is just a new toy. Eventually when everything has become known about her the novelty will wear off.

No matter what Joe does about preparing for the debate, or if he does nothing, the "other side" will spin it negatively anyway.

Posted by: Donna Hughes | September 10, 2008 4:49 PM

Dan Quayle In A Dress. Anyone? Yes?

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 4:05 PM
Dan Quayle in a dress=====Elected VP in Jeans on the Cover of Newsweek (wasn't that a great shot?)

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 4:34 PM

Dan Quayle In A Dress. Anyone? Yes?

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 4:05 PM

Saturday, September 06, 2008
Delaware Newspaper Calls Out Biden For Drunk Driving Lie

TV's Inside Edition ran a story last week replaying Sen. Joe Biden's claim that Curtis Dunn, the truck driver who struck the car driven by his first wife in 1972 and which killed her and his daughter, was drunk at the time of the accident, bringing tears to the surviving daughter of the innocent truck driver. The Wilmington News Journal writes about Joe Biden's false claim that a drunk driver killed his wife and daughter:


Since his vice presidential nomination, Joe Biden's 2007 statement that a "guy who allegedly ... drank his lunch" and drove the truck that struck and killed his first wife and daughter has gained national media traction.

Alcohol didn't play a role in the 1972 crash, investigators found. But as recently as last week, the syndicated TV show Inside Edition aired a clip from 2001 of Biden describing the accident to an audience at the University of Delaware and saying the truck driver "stopped to drink instead of drive."

The senator's statements don't jibe with news and law enforcement reports from the time, which cleared driver Curtis C. Dunn, who died in 1999, of wrongdoing.

"To see it coming from [Biden's] mouth, I just burst into tears," Dunn's daughter, Glasgow resident Pamela Hamill, 44, said Wednesday. "My dad was always there for us. Now we feel like we should be there for him because he's not here to defend himself."

Biden spokesman David Wade said Wednesday that the senator "fully accepts the Dunn family's word that these rumors were false."


What is particularly outrageous about Biden resurrecting the false claim during his recent 2008 presidential bid is the fact that he wrote a letter of apology to the truck driver's daughter, Pamela Hamill, after she sent a letter to him about the same false claim he made when addressing a college audience shortly after September 11, 2001. The News Journal writes:


After reading a News Journal account of Biden's 2001 speech at UD, Hamill sent Biden a letter on behalf of her father. The newspaper story included Biden's description of getting the call that his wife and daughter had died, but not his comments about Dunn.

Hamill said her note to the senator described how Dunn was affected by the accident.

Printed on the senator's letter head and dated Oct. 11, 2001, the response from Biden reads:

"I apologize for taking so long to acknowledge your thoughtful and heartfelt note," Biden wrote. "All that I can say is I am sorry for all of us and please know that neither I nor my sons feel any animosity whatsoever."


Hamill immediately contacted Biden's office again after Inside Edition ran Biden's claim that his wife and daughter were killed by a drunk driver. The News Journal reports:


Hamill said it wasn't until the Inside Edition report that she became aware that the Delaware senator had said alcohol played a role in the accident. Dunn did not consume any alcohol the day of the crash, Hamill said.

She said she immediately called Biden's office after being contacted by Inside Edition and is waiting for the senator's response.

"The family feels these statements are both hurtful and untrue and we didn't know where they originated from," Hamill said.

As Hamill watched a recording of the Inside Edition report Wednesday, she gasped when the clip of Biden's comments from Iowa came on screen.

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 3:36 PM

Both of the previous JakeD posts are fakes. I can't believe this. Mr. Roper and Janet '08!

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 3:31 PM

Fake JakeD again. I agree that Palin is a joke, but wish to add the John McCain would indeed be a third Bush term.

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 3:29 PM

Palin is a gimmick. Biden will destroy her in the debate. Next?

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 3:28 PM

Joe Biden's 7 Glass Houses
1. Insulted Indian American 7 Eleven cashiers
2. Called Obama's hygiene "Storybook ,Man" and said he needed "on the job training"
3. Caught Plagiarizing in law school
4. Caught Plagiarizing in '88 campaign
5. Lied about Truck driver in accident with wife being drunk- Man tested negative and cleared of all wrongdoing
6. Calls for energy independence after voting against the tranaalaska pipeline
7. Claimed in 2000 that it would be "an honor to run with or against John McCain"

The specific earmarks this most porkprolific senator requested are to be published emminently....stay tuned for more!

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 3:23 PM

Now we know Palin, loving wife, highly popular governor of a state with the least population and fewest H.S. graduates in the country, mother of 5, 1 now an unmarried, pregnant 17yr.old and 1 newborn with special needs, DELIVERED her firstborn 8 months after her shotgun wedding to dude in the borrowed suit!! It seems Palin was not so keen on ABSTINENCE as she might claim....was against it before she was for it? What a soap opera this is! I don't want to believe Americans are really dumb enough to put her finger on the nuclear button. She has more AMBITION and CONFIDENCE than BRAIN. BUT she is very good at fooling herself and poor old John.

Posted by: cmmckee | September 10, 2008 3:23 PM

hey cmmckee-

How'd that bird guy who couldn't spell vegetable names do in the election? (g-r-e-a-t point)

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 3:15 PM

Biden will walk all over Palin on the issues important for governing. Fake JakeD might want to get familiar with these. There are numerous resources out there to get up to speed on foreign policy, economics, environment & education. Sarah Palin has a limited and unsucessful record in all of these areas.

Posted by: JackieD | September 10, 2008 3:14 PM

I wonder if Palin can spell potato in her Cindy-selected designer suits? My 45 yr. old daughter is a beautifully dressed woman, intelligent, EDUCATED, well-traveled and charming and has been since she was 21. Oh yes, she chooses her own clothes and buys at discount stores . Darn! I should have been lst mother! Biden should hit this overly confident, mouthy broad right where it counts, no holds barred. Anyone who thinks foreign policy experience is all about being mayor of a TINY town in a state BORDERING a foreign country lost my vote immediately on the basis of STUPIDIYY!

Posted by: cmmckee | September 10, 2008 3:05 PM

Palin has been packaged like a bright and shiny Christmas present but just as those same presents are not always on the inside what they appear to be from the outside, neither is she. As the wrapping comes off, we will see the REAL Sarah Palin. As my mother always warned me, "You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear." Now don't get all adlepated; it's just a reference to the fact that people aren't always what they appear to be.(WI 1936)

Posted by: cmmckee | September 10, 2008 2:52 PM

I'm originally from Michigan and know Granholm. She is not quick on her feet like Palin. Biden should've chosen Donna Brazile, who's a better debater.

Posted by: Kate | September 10, 2008 2:40 PM

Hey Barry Obama- This isn't "Change your name Change"... this isn't "bonehead move" change, this isn't " Joe changed his name for the author's name on his law school papers" change, this isn't "I attended the church for 20 years but didn't hear anything controversial" change,

THIS IS REAL-

From Today's Wall Street Journal!

Yes, Palin Did Stop That Bridge
By JIM DEMINT
September 10, 2008

"But, you know, when you've been taking all these earmarks when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up." -- Barack Obama, Sept. 6, 2008

In politics, words are cheap. What really counts are actions. Democrats and Republicans have talked about fiscal responsibility for years. In reality, both parties have a shameful record of wasting hundreds of billions of tax dollars on pork-barrel projects.

My Senate colleague Barack Obama is now attacking Gov. Sarah Palin over earmarks. Having worked with both John McCain and Mr. Obama on earmarks, and as a recovering earmarker myself, I can tell you that Mrs. Palin's leadership and record of reform stands well above that of Mr. Obama.

Let's compare.

Mrs. Palin used her veto pen to slash more local projects than any other governor in the state's history. She cut nearly 10% of Alaska's budget this year, saving state residents $268 million. This included vetoing a $30,000 van for Campfire USA and $200,000 for a tennis court irrigation system. She succinctly justified these cuts by saying they were "not a state responsibility."

Meanwhile in Washington, Mr. Obama voted for numerous wasteful earmarks last year, including: $12 million for bicycle paths, $450,000 for the International Peace Museum, $500,000 for a baseball stadium and $392,000 for a visitor's center in Louisiana.

Mrs. Palin cut Alaska's federal earmark requests in half last year, one of the strongest moves against earmarks by any governor. It took real leadership to buck Alaska's decades-long earmark addiction.

Mr. Obama delivered over $100 million in earmarks to Illinois last year and has requested nearly a billion dollars in pet projects since 2005. His running mate, Joe Biden, is still indulging in earmarks, securing over $90 million worth this year.

Mrs. Palin also killed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in her own state. Yes, she once supported the project: But after witnessing the problems created by earmarks for her state and for the nation's budget, she did what others like me have done: She changed her position and saved taxpayers millions. Even the Alaska Democratic Party credits her with killing the bridge.

When the Senate had its chance to stop the Bridge to Nowhere and transfer the money to Katrina rebuilding, Messrs. Obama and Biden voted for the $223 million earmark, siding with the old boys' club in the Senate. And to date, they still have not publicly renounced their support for the infamous earmark.

Mrs. Palin has proven courageous by taking on big spenders in her own party. In March of this year, the Anchorage Daily News reported that, "Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is aggravated about what he sees as Gov. Sarah Palin's antagonism toward the earmarks he uses to steer federal money to the state."

Mr. Obama had a chance to take on his party when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a sham ethics bill, which was widely criticized by watchdog groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste for shielding earmarks from pubic scrutiny. But instead of standing with taxpayers, Mr. Obama voted for the bill. Today, he claims he helped write the bill that failed to clean up Washington.

Mr. Obama has shown little restraint on earmarks until this year, when he decided to co-sponsor an earmark moratorium authored by Mr. McCain and myself. Mr. Obama is vulnerable on this issue, and he knows it. That is why he is lashing out at Mrs. Palin and trying to hide his own record.

Mrs. Palin is one of the strongest antiearmark governors in America. If more governors around the country would do what she has done, we would be much closer to fixing our nation's fiscal problems than we are.

Mrs. Palin's record here is solid and inspiring. She will help Mr. McCain shut down the congressional favor factory, and she has a record to prove it. Actions mean something. You can't just make stuff up.

Mr. DeMint, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from South Carolina.

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 2:38 PM

He has to prepare because the McCain campaign is going out of its way to play the sex card at every opportunity. If he simply goes into the debates and makes her look like the amateur that she is then he will be painted as a know-it-all and a bully by the Republicans.

He is practicing is delivery and approach, while she is trying to figure out how to find Kabul, Tbilisi, and Pyongyang on a map.

Posted by: RustyisStupid | September 10, 2008 2:29 PM

fake JakeD, of course, at 2:23 PM

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 2:25 PM

"pastor"123:

Hopefully, she will mention Biden's FIVE student deferments while John McCain was a POW in Vietnam ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 2:24 PM

There are no scandals or affairs, you Jackal, and Biden is a sexist pig. scolding her for giving birth to a disabled child, is revolking her right to chose, can't have it both ways Biden.

Posted by: jannette | September 10, 2008 2:24 PM

On second thought, Biden has been an upstanding advocate for change, and continues to be a font of knowledge on foreign affairs. I may be a staunch republican and an internet infiltrator, but man do I respect him.

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 2:23 PM

If Sarah Palin is an unexperienced woman, why does Joe have to study so hard, after all he's had 30 yrs in politics, so what gives? I think he's scared, like Obama.

Posted by: Rusty | September 10, 2008 2:20 PM

I dont think Biden should be so Easy On Sarah Palin. He has been a gentlemen so far, but If he wanted to attack her He should mention her scandals or the alledged affair But Biden will probably take it easy on her.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 10, 2008 2:16 PM

On MTP Sunday, Biden admitted that Palin gave a "very good" speech and that her "community service" comment was zinger -- now I hear that it's a veiled reference to Obama's race -- which one is it?

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 1:49 PM

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