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. Cheryl

    I just hope that Sarah's eye contact with Joe is better than that of her counterpart with Senator Obama. Have you ever seen the body language of a child who is lying to their parents?.....(no eye contact)....Need I say more.

    September 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Reality

    Go Palin, the underdog for sure!

    Don't be surprised if the underdog wins, the underdog is a REAL AMERICAN.

    September 27, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Henry

    can we have a picture of palin alone?

    September 27, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. michael in MO

    Obama and his followers are an absolute disgrace to our democratic way of life. Go overseas, and anyone who you ask will be laughing at us – "Why of such a pool of candidates in the democratic primaries do you pick this Obama character?" they ask. "Where is Senator Clinton? It was a no-brainer, and you smear her?" No question, it's in the bag for Obama because he sells well for the media – always has, and the media market is banking on it. That's why "he won the debate." Those who buy into this are being SO played. And that is why those who actually do their research on behalf of our country's future are voting for McCain.

    September 27, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. T-Ruff

    This is going to be ugly Folks. Sarah Palin is not ready for Joe Biden. This will put the final stake into the Republican ticket. All the gimmicks, and tricks, and misleading ads won't be able to protect Palin.

    September 27, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. katiec

    I believe the media should make public the restrictions
    Mccain's staff has put on the debate and why they were
    It would be criminal if Biden has to go into this debate
    with his hands tied.
    Of course, expect Palin to totally self destruct regardless,
    but the conditions should be fair.
    Would not be at all surprised if the debate is cancelled
    for some republican "compelling" reason.

    September 27, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Mary Katherine

    This will be fun to watch!
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 27, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Daniel va

    I ca wait to watch it.... I am so trill to watch Palin...WOW

    September 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Amos, Alabama

    Obama done good in the debate. He a good BOY. A little uppity but a good BOY.

    September 27, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. s

    Welcome to the big times, SP. And good luck. You're sure gonna need it! (Don't forget your lines.)

    September 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. 107 yr old white woman

    In the debate, McCain could not shake off Obama. Obama was still in the mix. McCain actually looked frustrated. Most seasoned politician usually underestimate The Illinois Senator and brand him as "not ready or inexperienced". This was the same fatal mistake that the other nominees used. Now they are out of the race. Obama actually came to this debate as the underdog due to the subject of foreign policy. What Obama showed America was that he is a fast learner. He is learning to be Presidential and that is what is keeping him ahead in the polls. This is why every major attack on Obama is strong. It always seems that Obama will not weather the storm. The more you attack him he just shakes the "dirt" off. Now here is the key to this matter. He does something else. When he shakes off an attack he just stomps it under his feet like dirt. This makes him get higher and higher because he has so much "dirt " under his feet. The only way is up. It is his ability to fight that is giving him the edge. You can't fight Obama by looking at him. His "good looks and smile" will distract you. That why Mccain would not look at him.

    September 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Hans

    I can't hardly wait for this debate!!

    September 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Chris from NY

    I can't wait to see this one only I hope Biden doesn't put his foot in his mouth. Otherwise the difference will be clear which ticket is really capable of leading this country in the 21st century. McCain didn't come out a winner in his debate with Obama in the area that's considred his turf, with another medioca debate from his VP that should be it for his tciket.

    September 27, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Michelle

    Yeah! We get to hear her speak for more than 5 minutes (without a canned speech that is). I hope that she comes up (or Bush's speech writers) come up with new stuff. If I want to hear her canned zingers and stump speeches, then I'll go to her rallies. It would be interesting to know what SHE REALLY THINKS. It seems like the McCain machine is forcing her out of her element. The American people need to see what it is that the republicans see. If she cannot produce that feeling her debate will be doomed.

    September 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. S. Boatman

    Obama Won The First Debate And Now Its Joes Turn! I Cant See Palin Winning The Debate In Any Way! The Bar Has Been Set So Low For Her Its Almost Funny!

    September 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Kris K from RM,CA

    Biden is a wonderful man and politican. Educated,smart,articulate,someone one is pround having him represent them. he did a fine job last night post debate.
    Palin, on the other hand, is hiding out. Her answers this week to the few questions and interviews where damaging to the ticket. All the cramming in the world will not elevate her to the level a VP candidate needs to achieve.
    No one I want representing me as a woman, a Republicam,a mother. Can you imagine?

    September 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Vanessa Napa, Califronia

    Hasn't the format for the debate been changed? Once again protecting Palin from the real world.

    September 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Joshua College Station Texas

    What, everyone doesn't love the new head cheerleader anymore? Shucks, the popularity game sucks, doesn't it? Yeah, once the newness has worn off, everyone sees you for what you are–a republican with only a few outdated and incorrect neoconservative ideas and little national-level and no international experience.

    September 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Don

    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.

    Any takers?

    September 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Charlie, NY

    Biden is old enough to be Sarah Palin's father. She'll be around, as a powerhouse in U.S. politics, and Biden will long be in a nursing home.

    Sarah Palin 12 & 16'

    Biden 12 & 16' in a long term care facility.

    September 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Jason

    This should be fun. Biden says ridiculously stupid things on occasion, and Palin says coherent and insightful things every now and then. Fireworks will ensue.

    September 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Michelle

    Poor pathetic Palin....she should step down.

    Our expectations of her are so low, that if she does a mediocre debate she will impress the republican party, but not the
    American voters.

    All eyes will be on the VP debate, and Biden will win!

    September 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Ted

    I'm making popcorn.

    September 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. sizer

    PALIN is doomed. biden will take her to school and teach her something about politics................................................................. 🙂

    September 27, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. redwhiteblue

    She had an interview with just a few select reporters on her plane. They were allowed to ask 4 questions. She will surely have to cram. I am fully expecting McCain to find another crises so they can cancel.

    September 27, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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