October 2nd, 2008
09:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Martin: Raise the bar for Palin and Biden

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(CNN)–Expectations are high for Palin AND Biden. Many of you read my commentary this week on CNN.com and I haven’t changed my opinion.

I’m tired of Washington journalists continuing to say that the expectations are low, and the bar even lower, for Gov. Sarah Palin.

And the same goes for Sen. Joe Biden.

One of these two will be Vice President of the United States. How in the world do we tell our children every day to have high expectations in the classroom, but we should expect the vice president candidates to not raise their game? Nonsense.

It’s time for Biden and Palin to show America what they are really made of.

Bring it on!


soundoff (954 Responses)
  1. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Good evening,

    the bar are high for both...they are not applying for a small job!

    October 2, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. Chris in CA

    Biden's bar is obviously much higher than Palin's. I expect absolutely nothing from Gov. Palin tonight. If she can inform me of any true, verified, unscripted knowledge she has it would be simply amazing.

    October 2, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. Yikes

    I wonder if she'll wear her hair down.

    October 2, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. Ian

    Our entire congress is throwing our paychecks out the window and we're hoping to raise the bar for just the VP candidates? So long America!

    October 2, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    When a candidate chooses a VP, if we look at the role of the current VP...we know the influence of that choice has on the country ! Choosing the VP is the first major decision the candidate makes for the country!

    October 2, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. No Hillary = No Obama

    We already know what the CNN commenators are going to write – Biden will come out the winner and Palin the loser – it will be spinned that way – Palin's deficiences will be pointed out and Biden's will be sugar coated. Wait and see. This is the same thing CNN did with the Clinton-Obama debates – everything went Obama's way. That's why he's nominated and not Hillary, who actually had 175,000 more votes than Obama. Hillary should be the next President, not Mr. Know-It-All.

    October 2, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. Brenda

    Is she wearing her hair down. Palin is sure to wear a wire. McCain is a snake.

    October 2, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  8. mitch

    i dont care who wins ,tonite. i am voting for barack obama no matter what. and i'm a white hillbilly from arkansas. i'm a member of 'rednecks for obama' and WE vote for the smart guy who represents all of us, instead of lobbyists!
    woooohoooo! go obama!

    October 2, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. cry cry cry mcbaby cry


    she cna not tell you in what branch of government mcsame is in...

    she can not tell you the difference between anything no matter how you pose the questions........

    she is CLUELESS

    this is a great disgrace to the founding fathers, to the women who have fought so hard for our rights (conservative and liberal), to hunters, to mothers,
    even to bulldogs with lipstick
    she is a mistake

    October 2, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    Biden needs to focus on linking McCain and Palin to the failed ideology and policies of the Bush Administration. If he does this well, while integrating his own personal American story, he will defeat any fear, anger, bitterness, and hatefulness that Palin is sure to spit out.

    October 2, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. Danny S.

    I fail to see what Mrs. Palin's gender has to do with this debate but I have heard much from the media about the fact that Sen. Biden doesn't want to seem as if he is picking on her. This Woman if elected will probably face much tougher issues than this debate. You know what they say..... If the heats to hot ........................

    October 2, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  12. Denise Bell

    Its only fair to raise the bar . Sarah is not running for PTA, or the head of the moose lodge. She is not untouchable and she should be able to show America that she is the true maverick that they portray Sarah to be. So far I have seen a Maverick Comedy Show! Give me a Break!


    October 2, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Barbara

    I think if Sarah put her self out to be VP Joe should not have to take it ease on her. I hope he give it to her

    October 2, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. Kim in Pa

    Mitch- I only wish there were more of you!!!!!

    October 2, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. Amy, PA

    Roland, I agree with you whole-heartedly. Presidents and Vice Presidents are leaders, and should be expected to perform as such. Its much to the discredit of America that we are okay with subpar expectations for the people who want to be in the highest office in the land.

    October 2, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. Latifah

    It's a debate people...that's it! The Obama cult needs to get over itself. John McCain will be our next president and he well deserves it. Our country is in dangerous times and we do not need an inexperienced and slick lawyer like Barry Obama doing back room deals during these turbulent times. Obama is DANGEROUS for America...Period.

    October 2, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. Eleanor

    Sorry I dont agree with this conception that Biden needs to be MR gracious to Palin
    its for VP position.... the second highest office in the land!!!!!!!!
    If she wants to come out attacking he should be able to defend his policies and her
    IF she wants to be VP she needs to be strong enough to play on the stage with the big boys !!!!

    October 2, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  18. tickerroland

    Thanks, Ian. This is just nonsensical.

    How can we complain about candidates who are smart and actually THINK, but praise someone who throws out one liners and short answers, and call that a regular American?

    October 2, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  19. Jvibe

    Is there anyone checking if she is wearing an earpiece. Remember Bush in 2004. The hump on his back. Technology have come a long way since then. Remember who we are dealing with. There is no credibility anymore

    October 2, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. tickerroland

    Sorry, Brenda. There won't be a wire. If that got out, campaign is O-V-E-R.

    October 2, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. tickerroland


    CNN's polling doesn't support your view. About the same number of Americans think that both are going to do the same. Like it or not, a TON of Americans just don't know Joe Biden the way Washington insiders do.

    October 2, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. rachel

    This is ridiculous. No one set the bar low for Hillary

    October 2, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  23. Janine A. Hayes

    Any individual who will be the future vice president of the United States must be prepared to address the difficult questions! Thank you for your attempt to raise the bar.

    October 2, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. tickerroland

    No Hillary = No Obama,

    This is October. NOT March.

    You must be one of those folks still carrying the banner of McGovern.

    It really is time for you to move on. Even Hillary and Bill have.

    October 2, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  25. linda from South Dakota

    its goin to be a very interesting debate,, biden is cool,, says it like it is,, palin may do like she has in the past but doenst have the cushy protection of mccain now,, shes on her own,, lets see how she does,,,,,,,let,, the,,, debate ,,,,,, begin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,obama/biden,,08,, and beyond,,,,,,,,

    October 2, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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