Obviously, there has been talk about who won the VP candidate debate last night. Here are two opposing views:
Sarah Palin won the debate.
Joe Biden won the debate.
Personally, I think Joe Biden did better.
Yes, Sarah Palin had more flash and showed more style. And yes she had many more clever one-liners, personal attacks and zingers.
Unfortunately, when I watch a debate, I like details, answers to questions and statements that can be backed up by information and facts. Joe Biden's responses had waaaaaay more substance. He was certainly more boring (no flirty winks and folksy phrases from him), but he gave a lot more actual insight into his positions, and defended his statements with facts, rather than pulling out catchphrases like "maverick" (McCain's maverick days were over in 2006 when he started pandering the GOP "base"), "God bless America," "hockey mom" and "middle class people like me."
Palin didn't crumble, and she did remain mostly confident (except for the brief 10-15 seconds toward the end when she paused, visibly struggling to gather her talking points to make a response to a particularly well-articulated onslaught of facts from Biden). So in that way, she exceed the extremely low expectations that the McCain campaign and the media did their best to propagate.
Yes, both were scripted, and both had particular talking points. It's the way political debate is conducted now. But at least Biden's script had more concrete information, rather than a bunch of partriotic sounding platitudes.
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