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. Stan

    Can she answer the question.

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

    Is she talking about Republican Policy?? Or Democrat?

    October 2, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. Shirmeen

    she is apparently losing her confidence

    October 2, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Mohammad Haque

    Palin made a lot of digressions today on the deregulation, the bankruptcy. I'm not impressed with her.

    October 2, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. Patricia Russell

    What are they talking about. Can they be real for once. Talk about the things that are going to affect us in the near future. I have not heard that yet. Please, we are very intelligent people here in America. Talk to us in real english please!. Thanks.

    October 2, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. Florida Dem Professional Mom

    Is Palin campaigning for STATE office? Who CARES about what she did in Alaska?

    Sure, she seems fresh, but Biden is SO much wiser, more capable, and really knows what he's talking about – if she does well, it's only because she was highly-coached....is this about ACTING or real intelligence and someone who can act under pressure, on the spot, with little sleep (and who can read, analyze, and process)!

    October 2, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. OncRN

    She did not understand that last question did she?????

    October 2, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. tickerroland

    Palin just said that the McCain-Palin administration would not stand in the way of benefits for gay couples.

    She better tell that to her evangelical supporters. They aren't going to like that!

    October 2, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. cc

    why couldnt she just say yes, I agree with the Biden on this issue insteading of flubbering and blubbering around

    October 2, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. Janice

    Palin: please answer the question

    October 2, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. Shehab Ezzat

    He seems to be giving clear cut answers, Yes', No's, while she uses more words, that really go around the question rather than take it head on!

    October 2, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. Latria

    Palin is so rehearsed, she looks nervous and she needs to go back to Alaska.

    October 2, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. Rodi Moore

    There is an issue of inexperience with Obama and Palin. Why would she come out and say "I have only been on the job for 5 weeks", this is a crucial position in our government. Has she admitted that she is inexperienced?

    October 2, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. mscott

    I am lost on her comment. I respect her, but I am not sure if she is answering the question...

    October 2, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. DB

    Tell me please because maybe I am too biased, but does she ever really answer the question that is posed?

    October 2, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Another Georgian for Obama/Biden

    Hey Roland, I love your show.

    Palin's not answering the questions. She just goes off on her own tangents. Biden's doing great, as I knew he would.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 2, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. Nodak Brian

    We can just call her "Talking Points" Palin! Is this all she has, a bunch of carefully rehearsed soundbites?

    October 2, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. tickerroland

    On iraq, Biden just said, "With all due respect, I didn't hear a plan."

    Ouch.

    By the way, there have been three questions that she has made clear that she wouldn't answer.

    Bad move.

    October 2, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. MISSISSIPPI FOR OBAMA

    I guess it's safe to call this a debate, but this ?debate? is concrete proof that Sarah Palin is unqualified. And Roland you are the best Political Analyst CNN has.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 2, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. lucy

    Amazing! Look at the power this Gov. Palin has. There is probably more people tuned into this just because of her. That's power!

    October 2, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. bobbi

    it's past time, i'm tired of these silly games, why not get serious, our country is going down, no more hockey mom.

    October 2, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. Rodi Moore

    Palin has not effectively answered any important questions around our biggest problem today, the economy. she keeps going back to energy because that is all she knows. Answer the questions!!

    October 2, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Vickie

    Holy cow! This chick is looking up the canned answers on her cheat sheet depending on the question! No wonder she is not straightforward answering some questions! Those are the questions for which she doesn't have answers!

    October 2, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. gabrielle

    Is she running for VP of Alaska ????? She seems to know only about the State of Alaska, and not about the whole of the USA. also . what does she keep looking down at????

    October 2, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  25. mscott

    How can one have great repsect for a person and not look at them?

    October 2, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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