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. Debra

    Can't wait for this debate, Biden will chew up Bush III with lipstick. This woman is so out of her league and needs to go back to Alaska.

    September 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. BIden Loose Canon - Wrong on Iraq

    ON Iraq – Biden voted against the first Gulf war – He was alone
    Biden voted for teh Second Iraq War – Apparently he disagrees with Obama - but then again Obama was sitting in the cheap shots and was not asked to vote so his stance on going to War is MOOT.
    Biden was against the surge – he was wrong. Biden wanted to break up Iraq into 3 separate regions – DUMB

    On the economy: George Bush introduced legislation to regulate Fanni Mae against abuses - Biden and the Democrats blocked this initiative – Barney Frank said on the record there was no problem.
    John McCain introduced legislation in 2006 to regulate abuses in Fannie Mae – The Democrats, including Dodd Obama Biden and Frank voted it down. Barney Frank said McCain was fear mongering and Fannie Mae was strong. The twop two recipients of campaign funds from Fannie Mae are Dodd and Obama

    On Security – Obama is a good student and reads well, but he is inexperienced and is dangerous.

    September 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. e.Rivera

    If the bar as set any lower for Palin I could sit in for her against Biden.

    She better not be thrown softballs and freebies.

    September 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Jim

    Cariboo Barbie will get shown up as the witless know-nothing that she has proven to be. Just as McCain was shown up to be the erratic, short-fused, dangerous old hack that he is by Obama last night.

    By the way, he was a POW, right?

    Sorry, but apparently you apparently can't mention his name without throwing that in every time and I just wanted to make sure all my bases were covered....

    September 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Pennsylvania Voter

    Palin is a smart person. Don't presume Biden won't end up on a tie on this one.

    I don't think expectations should be too high for him after all of this

    September 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |

    I have just viewed both rallies back to back. The Republican rallys still seems more like a small school pep rally, but now it appears they have a cheerleader, excuse me, the ticket "dynamo" in Republicanese.. Sarah, we cut you some slack during your introduction speech, but today we were looking for some substantive comments about issues, remember Sarah your the one that has to be quick on the uptake in case you have to step in and be the leader of the Free World. However, what we got was your same speech you gave yesterday but with more fawning over McCrypt. Since you may not have gotten the memo and I do understand the top of the Republican ticket is a bit light on computer skills, here is a tip, we have Google now in 2008 and we knew your entire life story yesterday within 10 minutes of hearing your name(it was short read), tip number 2, the source is called Wikipedia. We already know your kids and husband’s names so spare us the introductions for the 56 days. I did learn that Todd does some kind of snowmobile race thing, now there's news you can use while at the negotiation tables with North Korea about nukes. Of course, you could take a Power Point presentation of all the different species of dead animal heads hanging from the walls of your house. Maybe regale them with stories of how being that basketball star fits right in with talk about nukes. to the degree they both fly though the air. Be sure and mention that you were nicknamed Barracuda in high school while on the girl's basketball squad, that is sure to scare the begeezus out of the North Koreans. Maybe take the rifle and shoot a card out Putin's hand when your discussing the Russian/Georgia conflict that will show him your a woman to be reckoned with, and be sure and flash that smile that won you that Miss Congeniality title in the Miss Wasilla contest. So see, Sarah, I wasn't kidding about that whole Google/Wiki thing.

    So, to continue, the next rally was the Obama/Biden rally in which your equal ticked off statistics of how your new BFF has wasted tax payers dollars and how he wants to give 400 billion dollars worth of tax credits to big business. That McCrypt wants to spend 10 billion dollar a month in Iraq for up to the next 100 years. We need facts like that, Sarah, so we can make a valid comparison, oh, but I forgot, you shared the fact that you know how to prepare moose burgers with us during your speech. Silly me, I did learn something.

    So, I am going to end on a gracious note, so here is my advice, stay away from grade school spelling bees, and on the night of the Vice Presidential debates, take the family to Disneyland.

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

    this is a good one!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Biden will make Palin cry on stage

    September 27, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. EFM

    I'm nervous for her–not a feeling I want my VP to inspire. McCain has recklessly endangered the country by picking this unprepared person. His judgment is questionable.

    September 27, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. hurriCAIN PALIN

    by-then(biden) is gonna get his butt whooped. only democrat haters post comments on this cnn blog eh?

    September 27, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. arnolde

    Michael in MO, all the polls conducted worldwide give the lie to yur claim. Almost 80% in countries around the globe – in the UK, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean – all say they're hoping for an Obama win, which they feel will restore America's reputation and credibility around the world.

    September 27, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Emma, San Jose, CA

    If Palin had showed good judgement when asked to be a VP candidate, she would not be in this position. She consistently shows a demeanor of anxiety and grasping for words that make sense. McCain only talks about his self image of greatness and scurrilously insults a man of honor and skill. McCain claims Obama lacks experience, but who wants McCain's temperament and outrageous belittling of others. That is how we have experienced him and we don't buy that he uses good judgement – he will repeat his past mistakes. We all know John McCain and Sarah Palin's experience is stuck in old times and has taught us the old way is dangerous and costly.

    September 27, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Adrienne

    Maybe it is all a big head fake and Palin will come on in a week and blow everyone away. I simply can not believe she is as... unready... as she has seemed. Good guy... Bad guy... Putin flys over Russia. Can you imagine if Obama talked like that last night? And yet... Mccain picked the woman. Mccain is not very smart.
    If it is all a head fake and Palin is just acting like a dim bulb then I'll have to take back what i say. That is all i can figure. It is hard to figure how Mccain would ever pick Palin if she truly is as unready as she has seemed.

    September 27, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Henry

    CNN doing the dirty job. Bringing Mccain's old campaign in Media PA today on Ballot bowl 08 would not work!

    September 27, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. charles h, mississippi

    I wouldn't be surprised if the GOP presents Sarah in full Burka.

    She's a joke and the GOP knows it. They won concessions do dumb-down the debates so she wouldn't look so bad.

    If the Palin McCain ticket steals this election, and if McCain chokes on a pork-rib – you better learn to speak Mandrian becuse the Chinese will come in here and cleanup after the Russians attempt a takeover.

    I predict a landslide – Obama/Biden 2008

    September 27, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. fixthebroken

    I have said this many times. I am concerned about cheating. Palin's hair could EASILY cover up a wireless receiver in her ear where she could be fed answers.

    I demand a search for such devices before the debate!

    September 27, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. marisol gold

    This debate will not matter one iota. Keyes mopped the floor with Quayle yet Bush Sr. still won.

    September 27, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. J.C.

    I think Obama's debate skills have improved since the primary.
    During the first debate last night, McCain mentioned his running mate as another maverick so I don't think he is even remotely considering replacing Palin. It will be very interesting to watch her debate Biden.

    September 27, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. dh

    I am overseas. No-one is asking that

    September 27, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Debby

    I bet Biden makes more Gaffe's than then the "so called" unexperienced Palin.

    September 27, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. let's take our country back

    This should be quite fun 😀

    I guess I should be careful or the GOP might label me a sexist...

    BOJO 08

    September 27, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. kim

    don't be surpise if thay say she si out and and some one goes in for her.

    September 27, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Republican not voting for McCain/Palin

    Palin has given 3 Press interviews and strike 3 and you're out. I've seen the interviews and still can't understand what she was saying. It was something like Russia flying in Alaska's air space that gives her Foreign Policy experience. Boy, do I feel safe. Palin would be one (1) heart beat away from a 73 year old man that has had cancer 4 times. Palin is a Dictator – get in her way and you are history.

    Palin is horrible and sickening. McCain failed the American People. We deserved his VP to be vetted.

    Barack Obama is going to be one of our greatest Presidents.

    September 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan


    September 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. LT for Obama

    I read an article that said that the McCain staff is having a hard time getting her ready for the debate. They say she is clueless. This is something that I have known since the day that he announced her.

    September 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Democrat Voting For McCain !!!

    The McCain / Palin Ticket Will Gain More Democrat Votes, Because of These Debates , McCain Skined Obama Last Night , Bet Obama Now Wishes He Cancelled The debate Last Night . ROFLMAO !!!!!

    Democrat Voting McCain / Palin 2008 ,& 2012

    September 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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