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VP Debate Draws More Viewers Than Presidential Face-Off

By Lisa de Moraes
Early ratings indicate that about one-third more people watched last night's vice presidential debate between Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin than watched last week's face-off between the presidential candidates.

On the broadcast networks only -- the cable ratings have not yet been released -- more than 28 percent of the households in metered markets were tuned in to the debate.

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My wife and I are voting McCain-Palin too. I just can't wait until Monday and Joy Behar on the View. She was calling Gov. Palin "dumb". God bless that poor little Elisabeth.

Posted by: JakeD | October 4, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

A president or a vice-president can not have an in depth knowledge of economics, foreign and domestic affairs, laws, politics, history, science, etc. That is the reason why they surround themselves with experts in those fields. They have to be able to make smart decisions when the experts provide them the facts. Choose a president (vice-president) that has a love of this country above politics, above everything else. I will vote for McCain/Palin. I hope they win. Furthermore, I tremble to think that a politician is so enamored with himself that he does not stop an "ad" that has children singing his praises? Children should be out of politics. The ad reminded me of Nazi Germany and every comunist goverments which used children for their propaganda purposes. Shameful!

Posted by: Marisela | October 3, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Two debates, and still no specifics on which Bush administration policies Sen. McCain would 'change', or how. That is the McCain/Palin campaign's new slogan right? 'Change is Coming", but what change? 30 days until the election, and neither Sen. McCain or Gov. Palin has said anything!

Posted by: mbacha1 | October 3, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Made me wish it was Hillary up there debating Palin. Hil' would have been able to mop the floor with her!

Posted by: MarcMyWords | October 3, 2008 3:08 PM
Yes, it takes a woman to catch a woman.
-Biden is, above all, a man built on decency whose task at the moment was not to wipe floors.
-McCain, on the other hand will walk on any gal to get where he feels he needs to be.

Posted by: ElMugroso | October 3, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has more experience as a
Vice Presidential candidate than her opponent at the TOP of the Ticket does!

Sarah Palin did not buy a mansion she could not afford by trading favors with convicted felons. Her husband and family built their home.

Sarah Palin did not attend a RACIST church that spewed HATE about America and the majority of Americans!

Sarah Palin does not have friends that BLOW UP the United States PENTAGON and the NY Police Department!

Sarah Palin has been doing her job that the TAXPAYERS PAY HER TO DO instead of writing books about me, myself and I and how important WE are.

Sarah Palin does not pause and stutter in search of the next big word to make herself appear smart. She just talks straight to Americans.

Sarah Palin and her spouse are proud of their country every day of their adult lives!

GO Sarah!

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 3, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse


Obama does NOT care about the economy or you! He ONLY cares about being the first black President.
That is his ONLY goal!
To heck with G D America.
To heck with our economy - he only showed up to vote when he had to!
To heck with Fannie and Freddie - he only took hundreds of thousands of dollars from them!
To heck with bitter small town America.
To heck with typical white persons.
To heck with ALL Americans that do not follow his 20 YEAR mentor that teaches Black Liberation Theology!
To heck with anyone that questions his total lack of experience! He wrote two books! (about HIM)
To heck with anyone that questions his ties to anybody, felon, terroist or shady!

Anyway, Have you not heard? He is what you have been waiting for!
Yeah, right!


Posted by: Texan2007 | October 3, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are
the party of special interests???
gays, minorities, feminists;
how do they get so many working
americans to vote for them,
to pay the ticket for their
bizzarre' left wing ideas?

Posted by: USA3 | October 3, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"... a supreme sense of arrogance of one who happens to be an expert at both the art of seduction and public speaking."

C'mon, Democrats. Your making people laugh out loud! You are trying to take the descriptions of Barack Obama, and insert Sarah Palin's name.

It doesn't work. It just shows your desperate....

Posted by: dbw1 | October 3, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"McCain made a rash political choice."

You mean like the 'rash' choice Obama made, after talking for the past year about change, change, change, change, change, change, change, change, change.....and then picking a running mate who's been in Washington even longer than McCain?

You mean that sort of 'rashness'?

Posted by: dbw1 | October 3, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"she came off as a candidate that should not be one heartbeat away from the Presidency.....her experience, training and expertise is not what this country and the world needs!"

I couldn't agree more with you that we live in a world that is calling for serious leadership. And yet you support putting Barack Obama, not a heartbeat away, but right into the Oval Office. Obama, the most inexperienced candidate for PRESIDENT we have ever had.

So I'm afraid you leave me confused. If you think Palin is not experienced enough to be VICE-President, how do you rationalize that Obama is experienced enough to be PRESIDENT?

You do understand that the PRESIDENT is a higher position than Vice-President, right? Not trying to be insulting, just trying to figure out how you can rationalize the absurdity of your stance on Palin's "experience".

Posted by: dbw1 | October 3, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

i thought obamas handlers did a good job
training the ditz to reguritate his
speaking points,
it was like a seal begging for fish,
I thought he slipped up when agreeing
with McCain on most points,
and being a little lost when John
brought up countries he had visited,
as least obama didnt squack about,
he has been to the berlin wall,
that one had me scared,
all in all,
he did a good job memorizing his
few mundane over stressed
squacking points,
and he did make mccain seem uneasy,
realizing this kid didnt have
a clue what he was saying.
I hope no one thought like I did,
obama looks all coked up again...
we have to keep this kid off the rock.

Posted by: USA3 | October 3, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse


Is there anything funnier than Obama worshipers complaining about Palin's lack of depth?

I mean, you guys do know who Barack Obama is, right? A memoir-built politician who has never held a real job, nor led anything. Not a company. Not a town. Not a county. Not a city or state. Nothing. Hillary Clinton even famously complained that he never led one meeting of the only Senate assignment he was ever given.

But keep complaining about Palin. It just shows your absurdity in wrapping your arms around the empty suit that is Barack Obama.

Posted by: dbw1 | October 3, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Interesting if tepid debate. Biden pulled every punch though, even when it was obvious that Palin was foundering.

Made me wish it was Hillary up there debating Palin. Hil' would have been able to mop the floor with her!

Posted by: MarcMyWords | October 3, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I am enjoying the liberals using
degrading sexist remarks,
hoping to draw out the race card?
It is not going to work,
obama has no record to run on,
no moral fiber, no experience,
no decisions whatsoever,
this is sad that the national
media and a few high power advertising
agencies are hoodwinking the american
public. who is barack obama?
he is a radical, without the convictions
to stand for anything,
willing to say or do anything to acquire
power, and when he gets power?????
it will be a dark day for america.
Fear The Reaper

Posted by: USA3 | October 3, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Sarah should be congratulated, she performed well for her trainers and showed that she could memorize talking points and avoid what she did not know. She put in just enough colliquals to sound populist. But when push came to shove she came off as a canidate that should not be one heartbeat away from the Presidency. In this day in age with World Wide Terrorism, an International Banking Crisis, Global Warming, Two Wars, Genocide, Socal Unrest, A Wobbling Health System, Educational Malaise and a host of other problems, her experience, training and expertise is not what this country and the world needs! McCain made a rash political choice. What other rash choices will he make with a 3am emergency call?

Posted by: MyVoice3 | October 3, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse


If you have any doubts that Palin won the debate hands-down last night, just hit the 'back' button on your browser and take another look at the headline the Post has had on their main politics page all day:
"Palin Delivers; Doubts Linger."

After running out 2-3 bash pieces EVERY SINGLE DAY for the past month, if that's as critical as a liberal rag like the Post can be today you can be sure there is no question in their minds that Sarah Palin won the debate last night....going way.

You don't have to like it, TruthWalksOnWater. Just accept it.

Posted by: dbw1 | October 3, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I thought she laid the folksy act on pretty thick, and her accent seemed overly contrived. It wasn't that thick in her previous debates. I actually found it pretty excruciating to listen to for 90 minutes.

Other than the overly cutsy "dog gonnit" Joe Six Pack nonsense, she didn't do much differently than she did in her debates running for governor, which was answer different questions than she was asked when she didn't know the answer, and unleash a BS storm, laced with outright untruths and misrepresentations. Tragically, too many people in this country easily fall for that kind of thing.

Can't we just put her on a reality show where she belongs, instead of letting this actress hold high office? Then all the folks who like her can still watch her act every week, but we won't be governed by fools - again. I'm really sick of getting what they deserve

Posted by: TeriB | October 3, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I just dont understand how people
can believe baraq osama is an agent
of change? did he buy drugs for the
that is as close as an agent of anything
he has ever been.
joe biden is a deep thought away
from his next stroke.
if you are a women with the typical
hatred of palin,
I hope you find a way beyond your insecutity.
if you are a working class man who is
voting for a liberal,
you need to grow up and let people
fend for themselves.
the government already takes most of
your money and gives it to those less
willing to 'participate'
that is liberal slang for work.

Posted by: USA3 | October 3, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe national pundits are calling this debate remotely close; they must be concerned about remaining neutral. Palin's folksy act; the winking, the smirks, the betcha by golly wows....?

I've heard more credible pitches from strippers

Apparently Joe Six Pack buys this act. Palin appears to me as someone overly confident,
obnoxious, combined with a supreme sense of arrogance of one who happens to be an expert at both the art of seduction and public speaking. I can see why McCain picked her. Frauds wearing similar feathers, flock together.

Hey Joe. Read some books, will 'ya? You're screwing up this country. You're at church on Sunday so you can't watch Meet The Press? Please, pray to Jesus that McCain's first executive decision will be his last. Alaska...insert sarcastic smirk here just the perfect distance between her and Washington D.C.

For the middle class to get stronger, the middle class has to get smarter. Humor me, Joe. Put that beer down and go read the new article about Mr. McCain over at Rolling

Posted by: TruthWalksOnWater | October 3, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I was not impressed at all with Sarah Palins performance. I don't understand why reporters, pundits and journalist are making a big deal of Palins performance. The questions still remain about Palin being ready to be a heart beat a way from the presidency. There was nothing that Sarah Palin did during the debate that change the perception to the majority of Americans who believe she's not ready to be a heart beat away from the presidency. The problem Palin had going into the debate still remains leaving the debate, which is she's not well informed of the issues, not very substantive and doesn't have good answers if any to many questions that are asked. Sarah Palin herself said during the debate that she wasn't going to answer the questions the way the moderator would like her too. That is the point, the Sarah Palin problem. She hasn't spoke to the American people for so long now and when she started giving interviews she couldn't talk substantively, or was well versed on the issues, at some instances she didn't answer the questions and Sarah did the same thing during the debate. Don't answer the moderators questions just talk about what she knows little about. If thats the case and for everybody to agree that she did that or think its o.k. for her do it than why have a moderator or a debate. Common, this isn't about helping Palin get over her hurdles, this is about the future of our country and after the disaster of George W. Bush and all he's put the American people through these past 8 years, We deserve to chose the next president and vice president wisely. I think the media is being too soft of Palin and letting her get away with too much. Palin did not pass the threshold yesterday because she again couldn't answer the questions and speak with authority about the issues, She change the subject allot to talk the campaigns talking points and about issues that weren't asked or mentioned. Palin didn't look comfortable at all, She looked as if she was speaking from memory and what she rehearsed to say. I don't think Palin did a good job because she wasn't able to speak in detail with substance on a variety of issues and thats exactly what we need as vice president. Its clear she would be no help to Mccain and he himself isn't politically correct himself and need someone who can independentaly give their oppinion according to the understanding and knowledge of a variety of issues. During that debate, I thought Palin was closer to Obama/Biden ticket on energy and taxes than Mccain. I think Biden was brilliant to make a point of that during the debate. What Palin has done in Alaska was take on Big Oil and tax them and give the credit to the people of Alaska, which is exactly what Obama/Biden wants to do, and Mccain opposed that bill. As far as energy, solar, and coal are concerned Mccain opposed a big that he likes to say Obama voted for that gave the oil companies the big tax breaks but it also gave an extension for renewable energy like solar, bio fuels. Palins shows an interest in renewable energy the Obama/Biden does also but Mccain voted against the bill to extend the research for renewable energy. Therefore, Palin is closer in policy position to Obama/Biden than Mccain. Also, Palin did nothing to counter attacks against Mccain from Biden on foriegn policy or economic policy. Palin hardly knew what Mccains healthcare tax credits was. On allot of Mccains policy issues and differences from Bush again Palin couldn't distinguish between them or speak of them in great detail. Palin is clearly not ready to be VP and all of the pundits know it. We have to remember that were facing real economic turmoils and I don't think theirs anybody who really thinks Palin is up to the job ot handling them hands on if she can't even explain what the problem is. How can you solve a problem if you don't understand what the problem is.

Posted by: amosdefnails | October 3, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

George W. Bush was the "idiot" who beat Gore and Kerry too.

Posted by: JakeD | October 3, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Palin came off sounding like a pre-programmed robot who was reading talking points off of her note cards.

I'm willing to bet that even she couldn't make sense of what she was saying.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 3, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

We see who the real stars of this election are. Participate in a national poll give your oppinion about the VP debate.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 3, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

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