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. Army LT

    She can't give the right answers to the questions. Darn those cue cards!

    She is totally reciting from memory. All that winking and grinning makes her look like a pole dancer.

    October 2, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. izabel

    I also would like to have energy independence. But, I am very against to drill, drill, drill everywhere.

    October 2, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. tickerroland

    Palin is losing it.

    The question is on the bankruptcy bill, and she tries to switch the issue to energy.

    She's desperate, and knows that Biden is scoring some major points by questioning McCain – with his own words.

    She is working hard to get the debate on her terms, but answering the questions asked is kind of important.

    October 2, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. mscott

    Sara has come out strong.. This is a marathon and not a race. And she is only moving back and not moving forward with the questions.

    October 2, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. saint paul mn

    she has not answered one question

    i am sorry but this is pathetic

    pathetic

    October 2, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. mscott

    This should be her best points, but if Biden does not ask her about climate change and what is the cause he missed a major point.

    October 2, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. izabel

    How can she say that? We ARE very much at fault for the climate change.

    GO BIDEN!

    October 2, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. Va

    Where do i go to vote in a poll? She just confused me more..What was the question?

    October 2, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  9. saint paul mn

    was not the question on somethign else???
    she is still talking about energy??

    oh my GOD

    October 2, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. Janice

    Palin doesn't seem to answer the questions asked and keeps going back to what SHE wants to respond to.

    October 2, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. mscott

    She is in trouble... He is getting into the bottom of the issues..

    October 2, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. tickerroland

    Did you guys hear that? Biden called her Sarah Palin and quickly said, "Gov. Palin."

    It's his strategy to not refer to her gender and keep it on her name.

    And Erica, I'm giving you the strategy, not my opinion. That's why she is using first names. It's far more comfortable and easygoing, rather than being formal.

    He has a strategy. So does she.

    October 2, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. OncRN

    Why are men responding so in favor of her? Looks maybe

    October 2, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. jessica

    energy is her forte' – we can concede to that – what else does she know?

    October 2, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. Janice

    She just said Senator O'Biden! Go figure!

    October 2, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. mscott

    Erica... This is a debate... We all have tactics and statigies!

    October 2, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. Nodak Brian

    Here's another clear difference between the two camps: Obama and Biden want to broaden our energy portfolio while McCain and Palin support a "fossil fuels forever" energy policy. McCain has voted against every renewable and alternative energy plan that has ever come up in the Senate. Obama/Biden '08

    October 2, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. erange

    She's got to get to out of Alaska more. She is going to loose bad if she continues to only talk about Alaska. If all of the answers were there then we would have been looking to them to lead us on Energy Independence a long time ago.

    October 2, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  19. Janice

    How does this strategy help her position?

    October 2, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. aaron

    she cant seem to answer questions. she off the bat says im goin to address this other issue

    October 2, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. Bill Tampa

    Roland, why is she not answering the questions at hand?. She appears to be cramming everything into the debate that she learned!!

    October 2, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. Elizabeth Pastrana

    It is clear to see that Palin's expertise is "Energy". Why doesn't she step outside of her comfort zone and attack the economy. That is how I judge a true leader. Also if you don't fix the economy then we definitly won't be spending any money on energy. What will she do with her expertise then?

    October 2, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. OncRN

    Mr. Martin ,

    Is the same sex issue going to be sticky with the religious community?

    October 2, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. VA

    I am so ashamed that Sarah Palin is supposed to represent the women of the United States. How can I have complete confidence in her being my Vice President. I am sick of people saying that all women are supporting Palin, because she is a woman. Does McCain think that women are stupid. We are not, we are very smart and next time any politician decides to pick a woman just to get women vote. Please do Not do it. Please make sure she is smart and ablt to defend what she believes in without seeming so rehearsed. Give us the facts and stop talking in circles. I do not want to hear about being a soccermom, or a hockey mom. Sarah you are talking to the American People not little people that do not know the important issues that are affecting America.

    October 2, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. tamia

    did the gov call him OBiden?

    October 2, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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