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Nine minutes and counting.

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Looking forward to it.

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I know I'm watching the clock on my PC so I don't miss it! Big smile

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Was it me, or did Biden contradict himself on the gay marriage question?

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I was really impressed with Biden's response to the achilles heel question.

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Great Debate.
I think that both Palin and Biden represented themselves quite well however Palin trumped Biden in representing their respective Candidate.
Palin showed a independent side to her where she can still not always agree with McCain on all the issues but is willing to "conversate" (her word)with him about their differences. That, IMO, shows an genuine person and not a fake "read what they tell you too" person. That is what America is, a diverse group who doesn't always agree.
Biden on the other hand seemed to want to say more but refrained because his stance differs from Obamas......just my observations.

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I would agree. I think Palin won the debate, but only in the sense that many people expected her to stumble, to falter, and to fail and she didn't.

She was confident, answered the questions honestly and was articulate.

Biden did a good job, especially considering that Pailin hit him hard on his previous differences with Obama.

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Palin did better than I expected. In terms of seeming like an ordinary person I think she was way beyond Biden. In terms of out debating an opponant, I think Biden had the edge. He is slick and seems like a guy who's been a politician for 30 years.

A little armchair political analysis: I think Bush won in 2000 mostly because he seemed to most people like a guy you wouldn't mind sitting down and having a beer with after a day of fishing, while Gore kinda seemed like he was from Jupiter (well, one of its moons, actually). I believe that McCain/Palin have that same quality for the most part, but I don't think that quality is going to be as much of a factor in this election. Times are different. People are blaming the falling economy on Bush (even though the practices that got us to this point have their roots in the Clinton administration), and McCain is just too close to Bush. I'm not going to go so far as to predict a victory for Obama, things can change on a dime.

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I will have to agree in terms of not faltering and falling on her face she won. In terms of substance in my view she didn't. She didn't answer questions, but went off an long diatribes and ramblings regarding the talking points she's been given. Some of her jokes and jabs that were supposed to be Reagenesque didn't quite come off successfully. Her voice seemed ever so slightly shaky and nervous and her gimmicky winks and chuckles didn't quite rub me the right way.

When Biden talked about losing his wife and child and knowing what it's like to worry about a losing a child and she then didn't even acknowledge it and when off on a tangent about taxes. Kind made her seem insensitive.

To her base they loved it and are happy to undecided voters I don't think it made a big impact for her team.

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The thing about Biden's wife and child was... how do I say this, a little much, perhaps. To me it seemed awkward and not really all that genuine (I'd hate to say it wasn't, though, at the risk of sounding insensitive), not really the kind of thing that should be brought up in a VP debate, but there it was. Seemed like Palin was a little taken aback by the way he got choked up, I guess I kinda was too. It would have helped if she'd acknowledged it somehow.

Anyway, that's behind us now. McCain v. Obama again soon.

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