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. Michael

    It seems like she says nothing...
    Lots of talk and nothing said...

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. izabel

    SNL will have a ball with a new skit from this debate as well on Saturday, Sarah. TINA FEY IS AWESOME AS PALIN!

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. d

    Biden is facts.

    Palin is nothing more than lipgloss.

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. Angela Walker

    I want someone to tell Sarah Palin that "cute" does not a vice president make. This woman is an insult to Joe Biden's intelligence.

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. ines

    Biden is so many levels above Palin on foreign policy that it's ridiculous that Palin is even debating him.

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  6. la9br

    Palin hasn't answered hardly if any questions asked. She is totally out of her element. Most of her answers make me want to start snoring.

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. Betsy in Minneapolis

    She is frigtening. Absolutely frightening. She cannot answer simple, straight forward questions that I could answer. She is so out of her league. I never thought we would have someone worse than Cheney or Dan Quayle.

    It's "Drill Baby Drill...."

    Her voice alone is like fingernails on a chalk board. I would rather slide down a banister full of razor blades than listen to this buffoon. You know the world is laughing.

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. Marylou

    umm I ...gotcha...gonna...she is so scripted....won't answer the questions..has her own agenda...is out of her league..

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Josh

    It is apparent that her handlers helped her study her hot topics throughout the week and when another topic is brought up, she immediately goes to what she was brainwashed with. YOU HAVE TO BE ON YOUR FEET! How does she not realize that she is babbling nonsense?

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. Nunez

    Nucular!!!! lol... Palin mis-pronounces half of the words she says. I feel bad for McCain for having such a weak running mate.

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. Kris K in RM,CA

    Biden has stated clearly several debate winning responses....about IRaq and Obama's correct decisions...McCain's war related decision which have been wrong. She keeps getting snotty when she doesn't have answer. McCain has never won a war...how does he know that Palin?
    She is winding down and Biden is getting stronger.

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. Natalie Stalling

    Sarah has not answered any question effectively. It is painful watching her.

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. mn

    She is so short of words. she is a glaring example of McCain's Judgement (mis judgment)

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  14. Randi

    please, someone, buy this woman a "G". we are not cravin' we are craving. she has awful speech. New Killer???

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. CarolynW

    Do you notice she says "new-cle-ar" just like Bush does?

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  16. Teiakisha Blackwell

    WHAT IS SHE EVEN TALKING ABOUT....JOHN MCCAIN KNOWS HOW TO WIN A WAR????? WHY BECAUSE HE WAS A POW....I DON'T THINK THAT MEANS YOU KNOW HOW TO WIN?....

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  17. Freddie G

    Tell me why this woman cannot answer a dang question

    October 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. aaron

    Palin has kind of a slick way about her. She keeps the smile even when she launches her attacks. like when she said lol im an outsider to washington i dont understand why you vote for it then against it. ppl want straight talk." credit for trying

    October 2, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. Kara

    Why does no one correct her pronunciation of the word nuclear??? We have suffered through 8 years of "nucular".

    October 2, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  20. geen

    the debate is continuing as I write this...but am just wondering if Palin took speech lessons from the moron in the white house..i simply don't know, if she and mcain are in the white house, I can endure even four more years of hearing a nitwit not pronounce nuclear correctly...has anyone noticed...just like the moron, she pronounces 'nuclear'..'new-que-lar' instead of 'new-kleee-er'...gawd..will it ever end....

    October 2, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  21. Ken

    theyre both doing their best... at least we havent heard
    "Main Street" 27 times in 10 minutes.
    Im enjoying this immensily but sadly when its over we'll
    have to listen to the talkingheads push their political spin.

    How about having just real people comment for the next debate
    instead of all the experts that are not being unbiased like newspeople
    should be.

    Im available for the next debate as a commentator and I also offer
    to be the moderator too.

    October 2, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. dee

    who is this woman!!!! she is not bright at all and she cannot answer a single question!!! why am i still watching this!?

    October 2, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. Faruque Sarkar

    I think that sarah palin should get some more experience on what she is doing right now but if she doesnt and somehow she wins she'll have alot of trouble ahead....I think she should just wait another 4 years before doing all this.

    October 2, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. debate watcher

    rollin – I see your scoring WHAT DEBATE ARE YOU WATCHING !!!

    October 2, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  25. Tausi

    Can you give us more info on the dials, who has red and who green? Thanks.

    October 2, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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