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Biden and Palin debate



A review of expert verdicts on the 2008 vice-presidential debate

Writer Verdict Biden score Palin score
Robert Shrum, The Huffington Post "Everybody wondered how Palin would do. At least as important, or more, was that Joe Biden did a superb job. He deftly stopped Palin from distorting Obama's views. He won the tax cut argument - Democrats usually don't. He won the health care argument; Palin just gave up." ***** *
Michelle Malkin, michellemalkin.com "Sarah Palin is the real deal. Five weeks on the campaign trail, thrust onto the national stage, she rocked tonight's debate. She was warm, fresh, funny, confident, energetic, personable, relentless, and on message." * *****
Peter Baker, NYT's The Caucus blog "If the debate was the defining test this Fall of Sarah Palin, she emerged from it largely unscathed... She may not have had any breakthrough moments but she never stumbled in response to any 'gotcha' questions and Senator Joseph R Biden Jr largely focused his attacks on John McCain, not her." *** ***
Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo "One thing that I think is easy to overlook here is that Biden did really well. He started a little slow. But he quickly got into his groove and in the second half there were several answers that he took the debate squarely to John McCain in a way that I thought was very effective... She made herself less of an embarrassment and gave core Republicans a reason to stop being embarrassed." **** **
Hugh Hewitt, Townhall.com "After the wave of assaults on her , Sarah Palin shows the nation why John McCain picked her and why the center-right loves her. She has a great night. Joe Biden does well too, but this was all about Sarah Palin, and she delivered a strong, strong message of energy and change." *** ***

The scores assigned to the candidates represent the BBC's interpretation of the writers' comments. One star indicates a poor performance, five stars an excellent one.



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