October 2nd, 2008
10:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Holmes: A debate to be proud of

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(CNN)–Palin: A+. The plus is for wildly exceeding expectations. She more than held her own. She was polished, direct, folksy, and on message. She stressed her personal experience both as a mom and as a governor, from the kitchen table to the executive branch, her record as a reformer and bipartisan deal maker. She even got Biden to agree with her.

Biden gets an A. He was tough, but respectful, disciplined and clear. He hammered away at McCain's maverick status. Biden was clearly in his element.

This debate was a credit to both candidates. I think voters can be proud of what they just watched.

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