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!

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soundoff (954 Responses)
  1. arnie

    She never answers the question directly! Please do not elect this ticket as anything. I am voting Obama/Biden!

    October 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. Jeannie in Maryland

    Palin is not addressing the majority of questions.
    This is not a debate.
    She is just spouting out parroted talking points, but has no grasp on any of these concepts.

    October 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. Maddy

    Rollin – what's with the points on the dial? You are very generous with your points , does not reflect in your comments.

    October 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Atul

    Boy she is nowehere close to reality. She has no clue on economy . 5 Weeks don't matter , knowledge and or experience does . Biden is spot clear on all issues and is straight forward .

    October 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  5. Obizzle

    Roland

    Hey can you explain the dial? What metric is it actually measuring amongst uncommitted Ohio voters. Is it a different dial for Sen Biden vs. Gov Palin

    thanks for the clarification

    October 2, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. Deborah in Stone Mountain, GA

    Bar should be high for both. Either could be president!
    Palin is not responding to the questions, but gravitates to obviously rehearsed slogans and retorts. Biden's depth, comfort level, and command of the facts is very clear.

    October 2, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. tickerroland

    Ifill asked Palin about nuclear proliferation, and seeing that she was floundering, she asked to switch to Afghanistan.

    Smart move when you're losing it.

    October 2, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. tickerroland

    Wow. Sudan didn't even come up in the presidential debate. Way to go, Ifill!

    October 2, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  9. kris

    I am sitting with 5 democrats here and they are shocked as how smart she is and is out smarting him. Pat that forehead Bidden she is making you look down right well not good.

    October 2, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. Stevo

    Palin shouldn't even be on the same stage right now. Biden is making her look very inexperienced on the topics of foriegn policy. And is Rollins watching a different debate, 28 points for palin with only 2 negative point! come on, let's get serious here.

    October 2, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. Raul Sanchez

    She is RIDICULOUS!!!

    October 2, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  12. Rodi Moore

    Palin time and time again keeps pointing out her inexperience!!

    October 2, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  13. Keisha

    This is absolutely painful to watch. She is not in touch with anything. Please do not vote for her. She's trying to be cute now because she doesn't know what she is talking about.

    October 2, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  14. Julia W.

    Is this thing over yet? I can't take much more of her being evasive, arrogant, sarcastic and condensing. She should not be standing on the same stage as Joe Biden.

    October 2, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  15. Becky

    you are right, she's not close to reality at all!!! just answer the questions Palin and stop stumbling!!!!!!!!

    October 2, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. Los

    I had to turn it off because I started to feel bad for her.

    October 2, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. Paul - Fla

    She is just wayyyyyyyyyyy to "kitschy' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 2, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. Teiakisha Blackwell

    I have been watching this debate for a hour and MY BRAIN HURTS....his answers are so intelligent and she is like a 3 year old.....NOW SHE IS CALLING HERSELF A WASHINGTON OUTSIDER!!!! WHAT IS GOING ON!!!! SHE IS SO ABSENT MINDED!!!

    October 2, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  19. Andrew J

    Biden has just run over Palin. Wow, she is out of touch. As a awing voter, I can make up my mind. Its obvious that she has no clue what kind of depth of knowledge it takes to run for this high of an office.

    October 2, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. Miss Creant

    I'd like to see Gov Palin actually answer a question.
    She is regurgitating rehearsed answers with key talking points.

    October 2, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. Griff

    No! It's time for America: to do that...

    October 2, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  22. Roxanne

    Roland. She is not answering the questions...she is going back to her talking points.

    October 2, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. tickerroland

    Biden couldn't have smacked Palin pretty hard but he gave her a pass.

    You could tell that he wanted to do it.

    She kept calling the general in Afghanistan McClellan. His name is McKiernan.

    October 2, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. Jason

    It is hard to even fathom the difference between Biden and Palin in terms of experience in government and world affairs. Granted Biden has been in Congress a long time but I would rather have someone like him with all of his experience than her with none and just being a puppet. Being a VP, I'm sorry, requires at least some years of experience and to have education opinion you need some form of experience.

    October 2, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  25. jonny

    Wow. Its soooo obvious when Palin is reciting a speech compared to when she is speaking from her own thoughts. When she recites a speech she looks at the camera and speaks well. When she speaks from her own thoughts she looks away from the camera and talks more in slurs and with a very strong accent.

    Almost none of her comments have been her own spontaneous thoughts.

    October 2, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
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