September 27th, 2008
02:46 PM ET
14 years ago

Next up: Biden and Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Next up: Sen. Biden will debate Gov. Palin."]
(CNN) - Now that Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain have their first presidential debate out of the way, the focus turns to their running mates.

Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin will face off Thursday at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

There's a lot of anticipation surrounding the VP debate because Palin has remained largely on script in her first month on the campaign trail.

Watch: Europe reacts to U.S. debate

While Biden has a well-earned reputation for impetuous and brutally honest remarks, he's also a long-time senator with decades of experience in the public eye.

As chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the 65-year-old Delaware senator is well versed on foreign policy.

Biden has done nearly 100 interviews since being picked as Obama's VP on August 23.

Palin, on the other hand, did her third interview with a national television network last week. On Wednesday, she held her first media availability with her traveling reporters.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. linda., bella vista, ar

    Hey, Joe just keep handing Chatty Palin the shovel. She'll dig her own hole.

    Joe, just answer a question quickly with a punch line of a question for the Gov. who "On a Clear Day Can See Forever."

    September 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Cam

    Palin will do fine in the debate. The rules have been designed to limit the opportunity for her to have to spar at all with Biden and also to not have to really flesh out her talking point answers at all.

    Everyone is hyping it as the turning point, but I think people will be disappointed. Expectations on her are so low that if she even does one thing right she will be the winner. That's what the republicans want.

    She is dangerously unqualified to be anywhere near the White House, but she will do fine at this debate. I think given McCain's recent mental, physical, and emotional breakdowns, the nail in the coffin has already been hammered in. McCain looked like a guy who can't get over America losing the war in Vietnam, even though his own acts of treason likely contributed to it.

    Can anyone explain how you can have a "War on Terror". I mean that`s like having a war on sadness or a war on grumpiness. Terror is an emotion, a fact which the Republicans have used effectively to scare all Americans into thinking that the POTUS needs to be combative, argumentative, condescending, and rude. Sounds like McCain to me.

    September 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. CindyN--PA

    Here is what I really expect. Palin, "Maverick"


    "Drill baby Drill"

    "Did I mention Maverick"??
    This is all that she can say. She has no substance.
    "I have foreign policy experience, because Putin may rear his head in Alaskan Airspace"....

    "Alasaka is the closest state in Proximity to Russia"...

    "What people???? This is all I've got"!!!!

    September 27, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Bonnie

    "I predict Sarah Palin will leave the campaign around noon Thursday, October 2 to spend more time with her newborn and family. I predict the McCain Campaign will move Senator Lindsey Graham into the VP slot."
    Don, I think it will be Pawlenty (McCain needs those electoral votes) or his buddy Lieberman (read 'reach across the aisle'). But you're absolutely correct, they can't afford to have Palin debate Biden.

    September 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Dan

    From what we have seen on Sarah Palin's latest media appearances, Joe Biden is going to wipe her out... she simply lacks essential judgement to be at a heartbeat of the presidency.

    September 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Biff

    This is going to be EPIC......

    she's got to do MORE than deliver lies from a teleprompter NOW !!




    September 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. SD

    If the Katie Couric interview was any indication of how STU*** this woman is.......then I hope Joe goes easy on Palin for how badly he'll mop the floor with her.


    September 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Not This Time

    She let herself get into this race, so bring it on. All's fair in love and the road to the White House.

    September 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Amanda

    I think we already know how this one is gonna go..Palin might as well not even show up

    September 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Dave

    Palin is going to attempt her series of one liners. This time she's not preaching to the choir, so there will be no laugh track. This is not about Alaska, this is about the USA.

    September 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Angela-VA

    Why not indirectly bail out Wall Street by providing up to $200,000.00 to American families to pay off their mortgages. In turn that money would go to the banks that are struggling financially and each side will have a feeling of win-win. If the working family does not own a home, that money could go towards the purchase of a foreclosed home.

    September 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Proactive

    @Amos, Alabama

    Uppity? Comments like yours are sad and elementary at best. Take off your pointy white hat and join the 21st century when you have something forward-thinking and productive to contribute.

    September 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. ilandking

    I know everyone is scared about the bailout but its ludacris to think that John Mccain or Barack Obama have anything to do with the bill. Neither Senator sits on any of the committees responsible for this bill. Neither has to be there and its sad that so many Republicans are too scared to realise that.

    September 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Leslie

    Palin could practice from now until doomsday and she will still be pathetic. If she can't answer a question from Couric and make sense, she dosen't stand a chance against Biden. The more interviews she gives, the more ignorant she sounds. Palin is the dumbest excuse for a vp candidate I have ever seen in my life. What is this world coming to if she is the best the republican's can come up with. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot, good grief.

    September 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Maritime Gal

    I can't even imagine how Palin will ever stand up against Biden after her Katie Couric Interview. Pathetic doesn't even come close to a description on that one. I don't think I have the heart to watch Palin bury herself and McCain in another interview. Her tstatement that Canada and Russia due to narrow borders, were under her jurisdiction and power as Govenor of Alaska and worse part of the State, goes far beyond one's lack of knowledge! And then to take on Israel and Iran! But then McCain did the same Sabre Rattling last night on Iran! I fear their arrogance could possibly lead America into another War they can't afford on a military or monetary level if by some great miracle and it would have to be a Great Miracle, they would ever win the White House!

    September 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. BC

    I think McCain's bizarre behavior last week gives us a clue – my guess is that Palin won't show – a sick child, a family problem, God knows what she might come up with. The McCain campaign won't let her make a fool of herself yet again with the whole world watching...

    September 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Ro

    Golly gee, that Palin is too "Gomer Pyle" for anyone to take seriously. McCain needs to dump her.

    September 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Rudy

    Usually such a debate between the two VP candidates centers around their support for their respective running mate's views for the Presidency. Biden is already on record when he unequivocally said on numerous occasions that Senator Obama is NOT qualified for the position of President of the USA. Senator Clinton and former President Clinton are also on record stating clearly that Senator Obama is NOT qualified to be President of the USA. Former President Clinton left no doubt when he said "give me a break" . I would think Senators Biden and Clinton, and President Clinton's evaluation should be heavily considered when the American people vote. In all good conscience how can anyone vote for Senator Obama with his background and experience - as attested to by members of his own party. There is too much at stake to leave it in the hands of such an inexperience neophte, especially one who speaks with a "fork-tongue".

    September 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. 107 yr old white woman

    The bounce that Sarah Palin brought to the GOP has began to fade. She was a new "face " to the game. The more we get to know her the only thing that really is bright is her face. This is worrying the GOP bigtime. The more she speaks the more she is turning off those early enthusiast. A pretty faces can get you ahead in the game. BUT if your words don't match your face you will have problems. From what I see is that she is being coached big time because she really do need the help. I'm not being judgemental, just listen to her yourself. You have to have a natural talent to lead or you will make big mistakes. She doesn't not seem to possess that God giving talent. You see....most people can be a politician but the will be just average. But when you have a natural talent to lead you will always be ahead regardless of " age or experience".

    September 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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