Topic: Veeps | By | October 2, 2008
Tonight was the long-awaited showdown between VP candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. We hope you were all watching, but in case you weren’t, here’s a quick recap of the highlights from tonight:
After her series of less-than-stellar interviews the past week, Palin had clearly worked hard and prepared thoroughly for the debate, with plenty of well-rehearsed answers, one-liners, and a few zingers about Obama’s voting record.
Biden focused on attacking John McCain, and was very careful not to attack Palin much at all.
Palin changed the subject and jumped around questions a bit, not always completely answering things…but, she was pretty good at connecting with the audience, talking extensively about her own working-class roots and what it feels like to not have healthcare and sit around at your kitchen table talking about what to do next.
Two issues the candidates went head-to-head on were their tax policies and the war in Iraq, with Biden calling McCain’s plan for Iraq “no plan” and Palin calling Obama’s plan “a white flag of surrender.”
Biden gave a heartfelt, impassioned speech about losing his wife and child years ago, and got choked up – probably one of the most touching moments of the debate.
Both candidates finished strong– Palin channeled Reagan with a quote that without vigilance, “you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.”
Biden pulled out his own line: “My father used to tell me, ‘Champ, when you get knocked down, get up.’ Well it’s time for America to get up. America’s ready, you’re ready, I’m ready, and Barack Obama’s ready!”
In other news: we think we heard the words “nucular” and “maverick” one too many times tonight!
Check out the full video here: