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. kays

    that is what i am talking about – she is normal and talks normal – darn joe there you go again

    October 2, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. SM in Ohio

    She's totally trying to be the "Washington Outsider" here! She wants steal Obama's image – young, trendy, and now "new to washington?" She just messed up...Being an outsider in this country isn't a positive thing. Biden is clearly the more qualified one to run the country if need be. Palin isn't articulate about anything except the oil that Alaska has...I wonder why that's the case...

    wow...she is makes no sense when talking about "no child left behind."

    October 2, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. drose

    I don't think the American people can "stomach" any more of Palin's so obviously scripted "down to earth" comments. How can anyone believe that she is genuine (and not scripted I might ad) if she can't even pull off her intended "casual" remarks about being a "Washington outsider" when it is so obvious she is trying to find any opportunity to insert her carefully scripted buzz words like "maverick", "reform", and "outsider"? Scripted answers are worthless when they are not accurately applied. Please, Palin, answer the questions asked of you, if you have any ounce of a brain, and lay off your condescension (if Biden wasn't trying to avoid being pinned for sexism by refuting any of your accomplishments and beliefs, he would rip your 'non-sensical', often grammatically incorrect arguments to shreds along with your feigned experience. Palin's lack of experience is transparent and by the way Gov., the word is pronounced "nuc-lee-ar", not "nuc-u-lar". Looks like we have the female version of George W. Bush.

    October 2, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. Jay West

    Did she just say "Say it Ain't So Joe" and then turned around and spoke about how we need education, and use the term "ramp it up". Education clearly isn't her friend.

    October 2, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. K

    Sarah Palin may be the only person in America who believes that George W. Bush is a wimp. My expectation is that she doesn’t represent 4 more years of his failed policies, she would move us so much farther to the right, that we might just fall off the edge of her flat earth, which is not warming due to human activity or the fossil fuel economy, but was created in 7 days; after Alaska seceded from the Union; abortion was outlawed; everyone abstained from sex, but still gets pregnant; Dwight Eisenhower was a founding father; Jesus had no actual responsibilities; Hillary supporters voted McCain/Palin and the polar bear lived happily ever after.

    October 2, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  6. mike

    For gods sake, someone please shut up those pre-rehearsed slogans from that only partially literate candidate. And oh yeah, his name is Gen. McKeirnan, not McCleland.

    And finally, exactly what debate is Ed Rollins watching?

    October 2, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. Hyatt

    Im still waiting for Palin to answer the 1st question and it is 10:13pm

    October 2, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  8. Curt Marshall

    Paul Henderson. Are you watching the same debate to be saying he is not answering the questions. Palin has answered 4 questions directly. I have been counting!!!

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. Carol from Texas

    It is painful to watch Palin exposed for the inexperienced person she is. Joe Biden is far and away much more experienced and refined. Palin is condescending, arrogant–she has clearly memorized everything she is saying. GO JOE!

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  10. NebLawStudent

    Can Palin answer a question w/o looking down at her notes? Or actually answer the question, instead of moving it to Alaska's energy contribution.

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. PL

    She keeps talking but never says anything. Her education spill, she said everything except what the McCain plan is.

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. T from ATL

    Her answers offer zero substance while Biden provides facts and figures. Biden looks like he wants to scream out, "Would you just answer a single question and stay on point!"

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. Tommy S


    As they talk about taking care of fractious areas around the world, I'm wondering what your thoughts are on "tending to our own biscuits here at home before trying to teach others how to cook their biscuits". My point being, I just don't understand how we can effectively deal with global events, tragedies, military conflicts, etcetera if we are unable to take care of our own with respects to the economy, health care, energy, etcetera?

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. Misty H.

    She's trying way to hard to be "down home". And I'm SO sick of hearing them call themselves Mavericks.

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  15. Jimmy

    I'm SOO NOT a Palin fan, but she does get off a good one now and then...like telling Biden he was looking back....he was the one who earlier said you shouldn't look back...that was silly to say...I can't imagine any debate not talking about the past....

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  16. mrsb

    It is so refreshing to have a real statesman in this debate. She ramps up, golly gees, blesses us, says its not so, Joe................what a maverick. May she have no authority over me – ever.

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  17. lisa

    did she really say that

    "say it ain't so joe"...is this the beverly hillbillies?

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  18. ATL

    This isnt a debate. This is a joke. Biden is the man, Palin, "go sit down"

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  19. Anu

    Did any of you notice that Palin did not answer question about Pakistan?

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  20. Myrlinda

    I love JOE BIDEN! Obama made the best decision ever in choosing him. He answers he questions he's asked, which are questions we NEED the answers to. I think Sarah Palen would be doing so much better if she'd just answer the questions asked rather than giving what seem to be talking points from her campaign speeches. It's getting frustrating at this point.

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  21. Hasib Y.

    Palin talks a lot, but says nothing.

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  22. Cheryl

    Palin has lost me. Sounds like a rehearsed speech.

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. Richie

    What the heck did she just say the VP does? Could I see that again?

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. BP

    Does she stop diverting the topic and start answering issues directly atleast once.

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. christopher byron

    what is she talking about. this is just a slogan dump

    October 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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