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. tickerroland

    Gov. Palin came out and asked whether she could call Sen. Joe Biden, Joe.

    Good move.

    Go for the more comfortable name. But Biden plans to call her Governor.

    It's all about the staging.

    October 2, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. mitch

    she appears nervous ,but, at least she looked at joe, once.

    October 2, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Bill Coleman

    Biden's first two answers were full of substance and Palin's were ... uh is there some solutions and content here for the Republicans? For 40 years I've voted Repubican. Not this time.

    October 2, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. Erica from GA

    You are being waaaaaay to generous.

    October 2, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  5. Va

    I'm hating the word Maverick!!

    October 2, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. tickerroland

    Sarah Palin's response about the housing issue was a classic regular folks answer.

    Biden, right now, is giving a traditional Washington, D.C. answer.

    The CNN dialing shows that her numbers were off the charts, his are stable, but not as strong.

    Folks, personal stories are what matters in debates.

    October 2, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. mitch

    get er joe. she's lying on tax increases.

    October 2, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. tickerroland

    Biden just went after Palin on McCain and deregulation, and she could have responded. But she chose to stick to taxes.

    October 2, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. Erin in Oklahoma

    He's getting under her skin. Would she be able to hide this from foreign leaders?

    October 2, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Anna in VA

    She sounds like a robot. Biden has her on the ropes. The questions are going to get harder not easier.

    October 2, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. mitch

    thats right ,joe .talk to the people. ignore her,kinda.

    October 2, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. tickerroland

    Biden looks very tired. She looks a lot fresher.

    October 2, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Dee

    Biden has no room to talk about "fairness" given what he did to Anita Hill and Bork when he turned on the man he supported due to some lobby work in his office!

    October 2, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. erange

    She doesn't seem to know about McCain's record.

    October 2, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. Me in NC

    What happened to country first?

    October 2, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  16. Mel in GA

    small business will not have tax increases......businesses that create jobs in the U.S. will get a tax break under Baracks plan

    She is lying

    October 2, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. tickerroland

    Again, Biden repeatedly says Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin.

    She says Joe, Barack and John.

    October 2, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    I Think The Bar Is Set So Low That As Long As Palin Can Stand On Stage Without Setting The Podium On Fire It Will Be Considered A Victory By The Republicans!

    October 2, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Roland, I believe that Obama is the next JFK, what do you think?

    October 2, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. Erica from GA

    She has never met Senator Obama. She should show some respect like he has shown her. Stop calling him Barack. You are killin me Roland. You are giving her points for being sarcastic.

    October 2, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. izabel

    How would McCain's $5K credit help me to get insurance if when the company sees my health history and says that they won't even take a chance on me?

    October 2, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. erange

    But isn't that the same thing Obama took heat from in the first debate. McCain used Sen. Obama over and over again!

    October 2, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. cc

    probably because she can cover up her "tiredness' with foundation and all the other goodies that we women have

    October 2, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. izabel

    LOL...bridge to nowhere....

    October 2, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. tickerroland

    Folks, you ought to see the dials on CNN. Women are relatively flat in responding to Palin. Men are a lot more receptive to Palin.

    October 2, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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