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Sunday, September 21, 2008

How Will Palin Do In The Vice-Presidential Debate?

For starters, we can look at Palin's Gubernatorial debate versus ex-Alaska Governor, Democrat Tony Knowles. Very impressive.

Watch it here.

(Via TalkLeft)

Event Date: 11/02/2006
Length: 1 hour, 23 minutes
Location: Anchorage, Alaska

And the recently agreed-on debate format for the Vice-Presidential match up favours her.

At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between Gov. Sarah Palin and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.

McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.


Don't worry about Palin. She'll be fine. If I were the Democrats, I'd be a little more concerned about Biden.

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4 Comments:

  • Obama, Biden, even McCain, can all bag some serious wind, a skill they must learn in the Senate.
    Palin bags moose and tends to be more brief.

    So is it "unfair" that the debate will have more limited answers and thus favor Palin? Could it not also be that Joe's handlers don't want him to come across as unfocussed and more gaffe-prone, and thus they readily agreed?

    Did you notice that Knowles blinked much more during the abortion portion?

    Thanks for linking this.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Sep 21, 01:27:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I'd really lower my expectations when it comes to Gov. Palin.

    Sen. Biden has been at it for more than 30 years now.

    I know it is a mistake to underestimate Gov. Palin but it will be a bigger error to underestimate Sen. Biden.

    By Blogger Masterasia, at Sun Sep 21, 04:23:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Chickenlittle, no I hadn't gotten to that question. Thanks for pointing it out, though. :)

    Palin bags moose and tends to be more brief.

    I wish. I am struck by how different her answers were pre-pick, and post-pick, even in the very good Hannity segments.

    Here's an example:

    When the Israeli documentarist was taping her talking about her role as mum whilst governor she said,

    "When people ask me how I'll juggle being a Governor with small children, I say, same as every other Governor has done it."

    She gave a little cluck in between, which was great.

    Her response has become less "gotcha", and long-winded about this. It lacks the oomphs of a good one-liner.

    Could it not also be that Joe's handlers don't want him to come across as unfocussed and more gaffe-prone, and thus they readily agreed?

    I don't know, but it's fair to say that the man who devoted one hour of his two hour Alito interrogation, in asking a "question", should be on a very short leash.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Sep 21, 05:13:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Thanks for the comment, Masterasia!

    I know it is a mistake to underestimate Gov. Palin but it will be a bigger error to underestimate Sen. Biden.

    Agreed, but the rookie always has more to prove than the master. This works in the rookie's favour, since most people won't know what to expect, but lower their expectations as a matter-of-course.

    I went on record shortly after she was announced, at the height of Palinpalooza, that Biden might do better than Palin in their debate.

    I stand by that statement, albeit I am 100% rooting for her.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Sep 21, 05:15:00 pm GMT-4  

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