Polls Show Biden Won Debate

Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin on Friday played up her debate performance as polls showed voters judging her Democratic rival, Joe Biden, to be the winner of the only vice presidential face-off of the campaign.

"It was a lot of fun. It was a great opportunity to get to speak directly to Americans," Palin said in an interview with Fox News. McCain told supporters at a town-hall meeting in Pueblo, Colo.: "You know, I almost felt a little sorry last night for my old friend Joe Biden. She did a magnificent job." The GOP's presidential nominee drew cheers when he declared, "Viva la Barracuda!"

Two quick polls indicated that Biden fared better in the debate. A CBS News/Knowledge Networks Poll found that 46 percent of uncommitted voters who watched the debate thought Biden won, with 21 percent siding with Palin. A CNN poll found respondents judging Biden the winner by a margin of 51 percent to 36 percent but calling Palin more likable by 54 percent to Biden's 36 percent.

In the 90-minute forum broadcast Thursday night from Washington University in St. Louis, Palin was under intense pressure to show basic competence on issues facing the next president after a series of embarrassing television interviews called into question her readiness for high office. For the most part she appeared confident and folksy, but she also sidestepped certain questions, pivoting at times to talking points and generalities.

In the debate, Palin tried to portray Biden and Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama as obsessed with the failures of President Bush even as she acknowledged his administration was responsible for "huge blunders" in the war and elsewhere.

Biden largely avoided direct challenges to Palin and instead worked to undermine McCain, who has sought throughout the campaign to distance himself from an unpopular president. The Delaware senator repeatedly noted that McCain had sided with Bush on crucial issues, from launching the war in Iraq to tax policies that widened the income disparity between rich and poor.

"He's been a maverick on some issues, but he has been no maverick on the things that matter to people's lives," Biden said.

On other topics:

_Palin criticized the Democratic ticket for opposing offshore oil drilling. Biden chided McCain for voting against proposals to expand the development of alternative energy sources.

_Palin restated her controversial view that climate change is largely due to cyclical changes in the earth's atmosphere and not primarily caused by human behavior. Biden disagreed, saying climate change was caused by man.

_Biden reaffirmed his position that it was "patriotic" for people who earn more than $250,000 to pay additional taxes. Obama's tax plan would cut taxes for about 90 percent of Americans, Biden said. Palin called his position a "redistribution of wealth principle," but Biden shot back that fairness was the issue.

_Both said they supported partnership rights for gays and lesbians but opposed same-sex marriage.

_Palin argued that the Democrats' plan for the war in Iraq "is a white flag of surrender." Biden defended Obama's vote in May 2007 not to fund military operations there unless a timeline was set for withdrawal, even though he sharply criticized the Illinois senator's vote at the time.

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  • by Little Woman on Oct 6, 2008 at 01:37 PM
    To Anonymous, if ex-cons pay FED.taxes then they deserve the right to vote. If you take their right to vote then take their right to pay taxes also.
  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Oct 6, 2008 at 11:05 AM
    To: Devil Dog, you are some what correct. There are 3 main races which are taught unless you are going into the study of Anthropology. Those races are Caucasoid, Negroid, and Mongoloid. If you go into Anthropology.....Capoid or Khoisan Subspecies of Southern Africa, Congoid Subspecies of sub-Saharan Africa, Caucasoid or Europid Subspecies, Dinaric race, Alpine race, Ladogan race, Nordish or Northern European race, Armenid race, Turanid race, Australoid Subspecies and Mogoloid Subspecies. That's 5. If I could've listed all the subspecies within each classification, you'd see everyone in the entire world. And this was off the top of my head. Please excuse the typos, it's been a long time.
  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Oct 6, 2008 at 10:53 AM
    Obama isn't even in office yet and people are complaining what it will cost them. So Obama wants to send $825 billion to Africa...hmm. I wonder under Bush, how much is this war costing tax payers.....lets just see shall we? At this moment it is....$560,200,795,463.000 and growing every second. Here is the link so you can check how much it is when you look....http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182......it's a whole lot more than $845 billion. I guess it depends on how you look at it.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    I think Bidden could have farted on the mic and the Dems would be cheering for him.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2008 at 10:22 AM
    Obama already wants to give ex-cons voting rights now. Create a socialsist country..tax us even more..sex ed for kids in kindergarden hmm what other brilliant changes does he have on tap that he's not telling us?
  • by working girl on Oct 6, 2008 at 08:29 AM
    To 35 black women. What kind of change does Obama have in mind. The only thing I know he wants is to tax the rich and give free health care and give Africa 845 billion dollars. I think Obama supporters should start asking what kind of change he plans for America. Change doesn't always mean GOOD. If I lose my house and job it's change but not the kind of change that will help me.
  • by HAY GUYZ on Oct 6, 2008 at 06:17 AM
    ThE WITN pll syz that PALIN won! It's over fof themn nobomnas. TOld ya! joe six pack yeeeeehahaaawwww
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 6, 2008 at 05:53 AM
    Great response there scooter....Kitty. You obiviously find it easy to blast Fox news who stepped up to tell "facts" that other media has kept silent. They, the dems don't want us to know Obama is a radical terriorist. Spend time learning about the man you will vote for. Realize the implications of voting for him. Voting party lines? That is what the sheep do, believe anything and everything the party says. This season its a terrorist you will be voting on.
  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Oct 6, 2008 at 03:44 AM
    To all people talking about RACE, I need to know from the experts. There are 3 RACES of people, Caucasian,Black and Asian. Social scientists say a persons RACE is to be "documented" by the RACE of the mother. If so,then OBAMA is Caucasian and Tiger Woods is Asian. People from INDIA are Caucasian. I'm waiting for a comprehensive analytical reply.
  • by karen Location: greenville on Oct 6, 2008 at 01:47 AM
    has anyone tried to find and unbiased opinion instead of believing them?when i get my computer fixed i will post these sites so maybe you can see the truth?they all are lying to you??

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