October 2nd, 2008
07:50 AM ET
14 years ago

Biden on debate: ‘I’m feeling good’

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WASHINGTON (CNN) –- Boarding the train home to Delaware Wednesday night after voting for the Senate bailout bill, Biden told reporters, “I’m feeling good” about Thursday night’s debate with Sarah Palin.

His campaign agrees. “He’s ready” said spokesman David Wade as Biden stepped out for lunch in at a local burger joint on Tuesday afternoon in Wilmington.

It was a rare admission of strength amid efforts by Biden advisers to raise expectations of Palin’s debating skills. On Sunday Wade called Palin an undefeated “leviathan of forensics.”

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After campaigning last weekend with Barack Obama, Biden cleared his schedule for debate prep. He spent the first two-and-a-half days of the week at a downtown Wilmington hotel, holed up with senior advisors and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who played Palin in mock debates.

The campaign sealed off the second floor, converting the hotel’s gym into a debate prep room complete with a makeshift stage.

Wednesday afternoon, Biden called an end to debate prep, going home to see his family before taking the train to Washington to cast his vote in favor of the financial rescue package.

The Delaware senator flies to St. Louis Thursday afternoon for the eagerly-anticipated debate. He will be accompanied by his wife Jill, son Hunter, sister Valerie and niece (and campaign staffer) Missy Owens. Biden’s eldest son Beau will stay at home in Wilmington ahead of his deployment on Friday for a year-long tour in Iraq with the Delaware National Guard.

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  1. Maggie

    So do you think tonight we'll find out if Palin has any intelligence at all or if she'll be just as incoherent and clueless as she's been in the other interviews?

    October 2, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    I'm still curious–how Joe Biden can be even considered an agent of change?

    When I was in 11th grade–he was elected to the Senate.
    He's been in the same job since.
    What a conglomeration of changing values and viewpoints!! No wonder he's always sticking his foot in his mouth.

    I think Palin will kick his butt.
    She's younger than him and Obama–and there are a lot of Americans who look beyond her mis-speaks–and focus on her vision, values, as they are related to our country. And that vision and values set–matches up with a whole bunch of conservative thinking Americans.

    I wouldn't count her out–until the bell rings.

    October 2, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Jeff Brown

    Go easy on her Joe, but nail McCain to the wall!

    October 2, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. DD

    Forget Sara Palin, what is Katie Couric trying to prove, she of all people should know what it feels like to be picked on and not measure up...

    I hate her tactics when it comes to Sarah, how quickly she forget that cbs wants her out.

    Let Sarah speak freely and stop this prying, she knows Sararh is not schooled in law and politics so why is she trying to make her look bad. Talk about stuff we care about and how to fix everyday problems.

    Leave Sarah Alone....................................................

    October 2, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Judy Zukoski, Barnesville, PA

    Go for it Joe! You're a good, intelligent man who deserves to hold the office of Vice President, and if, God forbid, anything happened to the President, you would be capable of stepping in and leading our country. We're cheering for you here in NE Pennsylvania!

    And don't feel the need to cut Sarah any slack.....Remember, she's the Queen of Catty Remarks, so give her what she can't stand up to.....a good dose of your knowledge of world and domestic affairs. She has NONE and can't fight against that.

    October 2, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Uncle Sam

    Many voters are so hell-bent on change that they would elect the devil himself if he had a "D" after his name and would be touting his expertise on global warming.

    October 2, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Thomas

    Don't get cocky Joe.

    You can win this if you don't underestimate Palin.

    Treat her as if she was a legitimate canidate and you will do fine in the debates.

    October 2, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. keesa



    October 2, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Tony

    Even republicans are being outspoken regarding the mistake McCain has made in choosing this stooge.

    I read just this morning that some members in the GOP say that after teh debate tonight the election will be over. They re terrified of letting her loose for 90 minutes on live television.

    Sad day for the GOP!


    Obama / Biden 2008-2016!

    October 2, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Lisa (Sunshine)

    CORRECTION: ....your McLamebrain is being crushed (not crushing)

    October 2, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. ncwoman

    Good luck, Joe! Go get 'er!! (But maintain your cool... 😉 )

    October 2, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. I can see Russia

    Kick her butt, Joe!

    October 2, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. Victor

    VP should be graded by how focused the candidates are on issues.
    It will be bias to lower expectations for and raise for the other. In a typical exam (except one conducted by GOP) there is only one marking script for all cadidates (male and female alike). There should be only one for tonight's VP debate.

    October 2, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. carolflowery

    Have another drink JOe

    October 2, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Dee G from CT

    Go Joe!!!! And don't worry about her being a woman. If she can take down a moose then she can take a little heat from you!

    We're behind you all the way, Joe!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 2, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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