October 2nd, 2008
07:08 PM ET
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Palin's foreign policy adviser stood in for Biden in mock debates

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/02/art.sch.ap.jpg caption=" Randy Scheunemann played the part of Joe Biden in Palin's debate prep."]ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CNN) - Sarah Palin's chief foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann played the role of Joe Biden in several mock debates this week in Arizona, a campaign official confirmed Thursday.

Palin's camp released a photograph on Tuesday of the vice presidential candidate debating Scheunemann in one of those trial runs, but it was unclear if any more of Palin's many advisers had stood in for Biden during the prep sessions. The use of Scheunemann at the opposite podium throughout the week indicates that foreign policy may have been the focus of Palin's debate cram sessions, held at John McCain's ranch in Sedona.

In his own practice debates in his home town of Wilmington, Delaware, Biden has been sparring with Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

On the Thursday flight from Arizona to Missouri, Palin's campaign tried to project an air of confidence.

"She's looking forward to it," said spokesperson Tracey Schmitt. "She is relaxed and eager to lay out the contrasts between her record of executive leadership and Joe Biden's 35 years in the halls of Congress."

Palin arrived at the airport in Arizona early Thursday morning accompanied by a host of advisers including Scheunemann and top strategist Steve Schmidt, as well as her husband Todd and children Willow, Piper and Trig.

A photographer noted that the governor was sporting a large band-aid on her right palm. The campaign said Palin had cut her hand on Monday when she suffered a fall during a jog.

On the flight to St. Louis, Piper - made famous to the nation during the Republican National Convention when she styled her baby brother's hair with her saliva - wandered back to the rear of the campaign plane to distribute licorice to reporters.

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  1. Dutch-VA

    And one time, in debate camp..........blah blah blah

    October 2, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. As the 'Paign Turns

    "A photographer noted that the governor was sporting a large band-aid on her right palm. The campaign said Palin had cut her hand on Monday when she suffered a fall during a jog."

    Was she chewing gum at the time? Not a good idea for this woman...

    October 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Palin-Implodes-News@11

    What is going on with our country that we would let someone like SP run for VP? The world is laughing at us. It's sad and pathetic.
    Why anyone would vote for the McWarMonger at this point in our history is beyond reason or sense.....Look around people the Repubs have put us in the dumpster..why on earth would you vote for them AGAIN?!

    October 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Former Republican for OBAMA


    October 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Molly

    GOV Palin will do a good job tonight – so will Biden
    It's that obama guy that I worry about!

    October 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Roger Johnson

    Who has been a proven leader most of her life? ...Palin...-Right!
    Who runs a State, reconciles differences and IS responsible for it? (Alaska) Palin-right again!
    Who does not lead anyone but actually is led by polls? ...Biden -Right!
    Who votes for bills in the senate without actually reading its content? (as seen by the yes votes on the "bridge to nowhere", twice) Biden-right again!

    See the difference?
    One belongs anywhere but in a position of leadership like that of a VP-Biden
    The other is needed to reform Washington due to her leadership skills-Palin, Yes only Palin. That is the truth!

    October 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. M. Winners

    To bad McCain's first really important decision was to pick a VP running mate with no credentials or skill sets other than "She's a maver-ICK just like me and boy is she cute".
    Earlier today McCain gave up on the "Joe six-packs" in Michigan – So much for working for the blue collar vote. After tonite's debate the rest of the voting public will give up on him when they realize that he lacks having "the judgement to be POTUS".

    October 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. that's not how you commit suicide

    wow, she is even clueless as to how to commit suicide.

    October 2, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. Sabrina -"I can see Russia from my office right NOW !"

    Tammy –

    You are beyond ignorant. Handouts??? What are you doing blogging? People can hold jobs and blog all at the same time ! Its called "multi-tasking". I am digusted that a woman like Sarah Palin thinks she can represent this country, the way it should be. It is an insult to Americans to have her running for VP. She does not deserve it and she wont be able to handle it. This is a woman who gives money to people in Alaska for shooting wolves, she believes that if a woman is raped and becomes pregnant, that she does not have the right to abort !! This is the mentality that you want backing up McDoodle Brains? Its hysterical and deeply sad all at the same time.

    October 2, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Jimmy

    To Yes_Palin:

    You're the problem with this country. You think that Abraham Lincoln was a Founding Father. Unbelievable ignorance across the board.

    October 2, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Anderson Dallas Texas Obama 08

    Will , I hope that Joe can pull this off and not out foot in mouth ... I have a few questions
    1) Why was the VP for Republicians not at the bailout vote last night?
    2) Where are McCain & Palin tax returns?
    3) What happen to the investigation on the Trooper?
    4)Why aren't her kids in school Like every one elses?
    5)And finally when Putin rises his head I guess that is when we will get the answers .........Go Joe Biden ...Good Luck........

    October 2, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. FactCheck

    Go for it, remember Ronald Reagan used to be a governor, and a radio report!

    First off, Reagan was the Governor of California for 8 years... compare that to the 19 months that Palin served in Chilly Willy Land.

    Second, he ran for President TWICE before he was finally nominated by his party and elected. That's a whole of vetting going on there.

    Thirdly, he wasn't a "radio report", he was a play-by-play announcer for the Cubs.

    Do you Republicans know anything about your own idol??

    October 2, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Irene

    Our minds are already made up. It should be obvious to everyone who is better suited to be VP. No matter what Palin does or doesn't do tonight will have no effect on which way we'll be voting.

    AMERICA COMES FIRST! This debate should not be a popularity contest. It is time to GET SERIOUS!

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08

    October 2, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Ron

    I have finally decided that the only condition I can vote for John Mccain in this election is if he somehow takes Palin off the ticket (I'm sure there are many credible ways in which he can do that) and put someone like Lieberman on. I cannot with all my conscience close my eyes and blind myself to the consequences of what would happen if something were to happen to Mccain in office and if Palin had to step in. As for this debate, it's really unncessary – Palin has had enough opportunity to show us whether she is (vice) presidential-ready – unfortunately, she has failed. Only an ignorant fool or a hopeless romantic would doubt that – and I am neither. I cannot commit what I think is tantamount to treason, and vote for Mccain-Palin. As I said earlier, Mccain-Lieberman is a whole different ball game.

    October 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Abby

    CNN – Do you have to be an obama gang member to post here-
    Thought you were a NEWS/FACT site- Guess NOT!!!

    October 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. Joanne ...... santee

    Hey TAMMY we democrats can multi task....I am at work right now running my own shop. Maybe you have also heard about breaks and oh yeah LAPTOPS......

    October 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. jim, kansas city MO

    since when it is a sin to be rich in this country.
    This is getting ridiculous, there have been rich and poor people since forever.
    This is not a democratic discovery, oh look poor people lets help them, take money from people who have.
    Majority of people on this country who have made it, they did not get born into money, they have sacrificed a lot, worked hard and now they have money.
    Cindy McCain's family have started without anything, created an empire.
    What are you guys suggesting, to be ashamed that she has money?

    It is my strong believe that people choose how to live in this country. You can do good or you can do not so good, it is completely up to you.

    October 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Satyr

    Palin will do what she does best; make herself look like a fool.

    October 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. a southern bell for OBAMA



    October 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Reena

    I am surprised, her kids not in school.What kind of a role model is she?All she cares is to be on the spot light. I feel sorry for her children.

    October 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Left Coast Mike, Laguna Niguel, CA

    C'mon Sarah, you still got time to bail out of the debate. Doesn't anybody know a Moose somewhere that needs to be chased for hours from the air, then shot and dressed for dinner? If so, call Sarah at 1-800-I'll Get Back To Ya, Katie!

    Oops, sorry that's the text message. Uh, call her iPhone.

    October 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Shari, NY

    Enough of the experience talk – you are all running on empty! Gas up and come again! Bush had back to back cracks at the presidency and even had the fortune (or misfortune) of tapping into his father's own experience as president and WHERE ARE WE TODAY?

    October 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. No McPain

    This debate is like watching Indy 500. No one wants to see them go around in circles for two hours – everyone just wants to see a crash.

    October 2, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Helen

    She probably had to take some tranquilizers and pray!!!

    October 2, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. ogf


    fully knowing this you can now go and disgrace maccain and tell us why you shouldnt be the vp. Yeah Go Sarah,

    October 2, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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