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. ANGIE

    That is going to be one Painful night for the republicans to watch BIDEN 26 YEARS IN SENATE FOREGIN CHAIRMAN

    September 27, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Bridget

    Sarah & Biden will do well. Did anyone notice in last night debates, Obama addressed McCain one time as Tom and another time as Jim? He sure missed his prompter. He forgot who he was debating.

    September 27, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Nick - Arlington, VA

    She is going to get eaten alive...unless by some ploy she has been intentionally making herself look stupid so that she can stun us this Thursday...doubt it though.

    September 27, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. santino

    I am only sorry for Palin, she does not yet understand the kind of game McCain has landed her in. I cant wait for friday to come, thank God the man who put her in her shoes wont be there to save her from Biden.

    September 27, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    Not ready for prime time is all that needs to be said about Gov Palin. She is about as ready jfor VP as I am to drive a NASCAR – just because I have a drivers license. As for Mr McCain what an embarrsement he was last night – not even enough courage to look his oppenent in the eyes. I would have thought much more of a Naval Officer – where true character and honesty are respected traits that sadly he has lost.

    September 27, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. DC

    This debate will be pure comedy...watching sarah palin make a fool out of herself

    September 27, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Larry

    It seems to me the most important things Democrats that are on the fence need to know to make an informed decision about Palin is,"how many cars and houses she has",after that,what else would Democrats want to know ???
    Palin 08

    September 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. gEnie

    Palin no where to be found after the debate, Biden talked to Brayan William and Palin declined the request. I don't know how she can lead the Country when she hide from the people who wants to hear from her. Obama/Biden is our hope and the genaration to come.

    September 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |

    Now Thats Entertainment

    September 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. CJ

    This debate will be equivalent to a debate between Biden and Chrissy on Three's Company. The fact that Palin is McCain's running mate should prove to the world how incompetent McCain is. For someone to think that this female could be the Commander in Chief of the greatest nation in the world is ludicrous. The GOP surely scraped the bottom of the barrel to come up with these two. Why don't they save face, boot these two out, and support Ron Paul. At least he does make sense.

    September 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. USAF Staff Sergeant

    I can't wait.

    Like McCain, she probably wont be able to make eye contact either.

    If she did, she'd probably start crying... being up against Biden and being on national T.V.

    September 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. concerned coloradan

    The big question is: Will Palin even be on the ticket next week?

    September 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Dennis in Chicagoland

    I don't support John McCain's views/history on many issues that are important for me...but his choice of Sarah Palin for VP is downright scary. The cynic in me says that she was picked with an understanding that she relieved in the 7th inning by a "closer"...there won't be a SP v JB debate, there will be an "October Suprise".

    September 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |

    Since Mr. MaGoo was served up as an appetizier during last night's debate by Obama.

    I cannot wait for the main course on Thursday, the chef Joey B.

    Then Obama will serve the dessert.

    And finally Obama will serve the after dinner liquoers!

    September 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Republican turned Democrat (California)

    Wow, the caribou barbie will again provide big entertainment to the people of America. Oh well, after a hard day of work, it would be nice to see the debate (for fun). I could not wait to see her smiling before the camera with her empty head!!!

    September 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Angie

    i just cant wait for this debate; i only hope she doesnt drop out before that day!!!! from the way she's been going lately , its a huge possibility. The McCain camp is looking for some way to drop her i'm sure.

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

    The debate was about Mccain's best subject and he got history wrong a number of times. The coup followed the 1999 war in Kashmir with India and was due to a power struggle with Sharif, not due to Pakistan being a “failed state". McCain was wrong with his recollection that Gen. Dwight Eisenhower prepared a letter resignation prior to the D-Day invasion.

    Those kind of facts are the kind that start to sink in later. At first Mccain seemed smart... but then it turns out he was not.
    Obama was strong and crisp.

    Obama did not debate for his base, btw. He did not give them as much red meat as they would have liked. He was not 'left' enough on issues. Obama debated for the less informed middle. Obama did perfect on that front. McCain came off as way too b!tchy.
    B!tchy is not manly, btw. McCain did not even have the guts to look Obama in the eye when he said nasty things about him. That was a turn off. He came to debate after grand standing and saying he would not until the bail out deal was done. McCain broke his word. Then Mccain could not look Obama in the eye.

    September 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Francisco Cardenas

    Biden has done 100 interviews and said nothing .. blah, blah, blah, blah .... except Obama made a fatal mistake in choosing him over Hillary!!

    September 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. enough is enough... proud 55 yr. old female hispanic Obama supporter from Dallas, TX

    WHO CARES? This gal and her guy are done...finished! After her sad pitiful incoherent so-called interviews with Gibson & Couric (who cares about the biased repug. Hannity interview he is moron) and McCain's senile behavior last week (suspending his camaign, pretending he was vital to this bail out plan, his pre-announcement 10hrs BEFORE the debate claming he had won and his rude, sleazy, un-presidential performance last night), they have LOST!!! Joe Biden is a gentleman just like Obama but I hope he treats her like any other vp candidate...male or female. Watch the repugs whine about him being too hard on her. She is out of her league! McCain screwed this one and the repugs know she was a poor choice!

    September 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. nadeem

    There were two moments in last nights debate that showed the character of the candidates.

    When Obama was hammering McCain for not being willing to meet the prime minister of Spain. McCain is heard sputtering 'BullSh&t, BullSh&t"

    Earlier when McCain is hammering Obama for being willing to meet Ahmadzinizad, and McCain is having a hard time remembering and pronouncing the name, Obama is heard leaning over to McCain in a consoling voice 'that's a tough one'

    What a rare showing of grace and humanity in an otherwise ugly campaign.

    September 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Marilyn

    Will palin make it to Thursday? Is the mccain camp going to keep her hidden from the public until the debate?

    September 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. voter

    I was very please the Joe Biden comment when he said that he will not handle Palin with kid gloves because that would be condesending like the way McCain treated Obama. I agree. If Palin wants to be vp, then she should not be treated any diffrently than any other candidate. She should receive the same tuff questions as all of the vp candidates before her. I am tired of everyone saying she is going to be vp so she doesn't need to know anything. Excuse me, but she is running for the second highest office in the land. She suppose to govern with the president not act like a yes woman. I want someone smart not dumb. I am speaking as a woman.

    September 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Obama For President

    If Palin perform as poorly as she did in the Couric interview there is no way McCain camp could recover...........This will be the most televised debate in American history. My hope is McCain doesn't try to pull another stunt and replace her as vp before Thursday...........I don't think his campaign could survive another political move.

    September 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. Patrick - @Wash U

    And we look forward to having them.

    September 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. CindyN--PA

    I msyelf cant wait for this debate. If Palin performs like she did with Katie the other night, the Republicans might as well sit and cry like babies.

    September 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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