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Sarah Palin

In Anchorage, Bear Tooth Theater Grill Awaits Debate

Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and GOP Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin take to their lecterns for their vice presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Oct. 2, 2008. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)

Updated 8:59 p.m.
By Matthew Mosk
ANCHORAGE -- Supporters and opponents of the Alaska governor are bracing for what they anticipate will be a defining moment in the career of Sarah Palin, the woman they have watched emerge seemingly instantly as a national political figure.

At the Bear Tooth Theater Grill, a dinner theater here that is broadcasting tonight's vice presidential debate on a movie screen, the crowd spilled into the parking lot. With more than 400 tickets sold, anxious political enthusiasts from both parties agreed on one thing -- Palin's career likely won't be the same after tonight.

"I'll be really surprised if she doesn't knock everybody's socks off," said Jane Little, 63, a Democrat who is rooting for Palin. Little says she'll cross party lines for only the second time in her life to cast a vote for her governor (she says she voted for Gerald Ford, too).

Aaron Christ, 39, who works for the state department of fish and game, said he expects Palin to come out swinging. "She's going to try to nail him. That's what she does in debates," Christ said.

Not that he wants her to land anything. He's a supporter of Democrat Barack Obama who believes Palin has damaged her career by joining Sen. John McCain's ticket. "She had support from the left," he said. "But not anymore. It's eroded away."

They serve beer by the pitcher at the Bear Tooth, so it could get rowdy before the 90 minutes is done.

Posted at 8:48 PM ET on Oct 2, 2008  | Category:  Sarah Palin
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Posted by: nacnudbob | October 3, 2008 3:08 AM

I guess "robot" is the Dem talking point?

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 11:55 PM

Anytime something bad happen in america blame clinton. Now sarah robot palin would like to put the bush regime behind us but he's still president, and mccain voted with him 90 percent of the time.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 2, 2008 11:24 PM

I'm sorry coincide with my notes

Posted by: r4147824 | October 2, 2008 11:17 PM

Sarah you're no Ronald Reagan. There you go again to alaska forever.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 2, 2008 11:12 PM

Why do you think Champ spends so much time at Home Depot???

Posted by: sean1smith | October 2, 2008 11:11 PM

Gwen I'm not going to answer your questions if they don't coin side with my notes

Posted by: r4147824 | October 2, 2008 11:10 PM

Gov Palin looks more like a robot reciting talking points over an over again even when it’s not applicable to the question that was posed by the moderator. Thus far, Gov. Palin has not anything to reverse the wide-spread doubts that the majority of Americans have. In other words, she has not over the leadership threshold.

Posted by: JJames081 | October 2, 2008 9:57 PM

Here we go!

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 8:59 PM

Watch Palin and Biden Practice for the Debate, They also have alot of polls there, to take after you watch the debate They Want Your Feed Back On the VP deabes? Who do you thing won? I cant wait to watch tonight. awsome.!!

Posted by: pastor123 | October 2, 2008 8:57 PM

Jane Little:

Welcome aboard?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 8:54 PM

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