Biden and Palin faced of Thursday night. (Getty Images)
(CNN) - Sen. Joe Biden gave a knowledgeable but restrained performance in Thursday night's debate, while Gov. Sarah Palin sought to show that her accomplishments as governor and mayor prove she is qualified to be vice president.
Biden slammed John McCain, saying that "he has been no maverick on the issues that matter to people lives," but his only challenge to Palin was asking her to articulate a policy on the Iraq war.
Palin pushed her "track record of reform" and said she and McCain are a " team of mavericks."
Sen. Joe Biden said at the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate that "our commanding general in Afghanistan said the surge principle in Iraq will not work in Afghanistan."
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* Sen. John McCain campaigns in Pueblo, CO
* Gov. Sarah Palin campaigns in San Antonio, TX
* Sen. Barack Obama campaigns in Abington, PA
* Sen. Joe Biden gives a deployment speech in Dover, DE
ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CNN) - A sampling of the way campaign surrogates were spinning Thursday night's VP debate:
McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds:
"She was very deliberate, she was very concise."
"She exceeded expectations that were too low created by people who don't know her record or her abilities."
"She benefited from the media's quick judgment they made of her after a few interviews."
"She really stuck it to him."
"This is all about the middle class."
Obama surrogate Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
"That was the pinnacle of the debate" when Biden got emotional talking about his family.
"She [Palin] was so cold, so insensitive that she didn't respond... A first response would be to acknowledge someone's loss. Instead she just pressed on with her talking points. She couldn't get out of her box, which shows how she has so little command of the subject matter."