Two polls, one of uncommitted voters done by CBS, and one of debate watchers done by CNN say that Joe Biden won the debate against Sarah Palin. However it seems that the debate neither helped nor hurt either campaign.
The first and only vice presidential debate was filled with talk of policy by Joe Biden, and talking points from Sarah Palin. If there was any doubt left that this woman doesn't belong on a national ticket in any capacity, that doubt was answered tonight. Palin may have scored style points, but Biden is the person Americans should trust in the White House.
Michigan was once a state that look like a possible McCain win, but the bad economy along with not selecting Mitt Romney as his running has forced the McCain campaign to shut down their advertising and ground operations there, and pin their hopes on states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, or Minnesota.
Rarely in the modern era has a vice presidential debate been the subject of so much attention and hype. So while you are watching the debate tonight, here are 5 things to keep you eye on while Sarah Palin and Joe Biden are mixing it up.
A new series of Time/CNN state polls confirms the growing trend towards Barack Obama. Obama now leads John McCain 51%-47% in Florida, 54-43% in Minnesota, 51%-47% in Nevada, 53%-44% in Virginia, and the two candidates are statistically tied in Missouri where Obama has a small 49%-48% lead.
Quinnipiac University's polling institute released the results of their latest poll this morning (Wednesday). But this is no ordinary, generalized, national poll. Quinnipiac specifically polled the three biggest, most critical swing states: Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Here is what the poll results showed:
Florida: Obama up 49% to 43% pre-debate and 51% to 43% post-debate
Ohio: Obama up 49% to 42% pre-debate and 50% to 42% post-debate
Sarah Palin was back on the CBS Evening News with Kate Couric tonight, and she ducked, dodged, and gave half answers to questions about abortion, global warming, the environment and even what newspapers and magazines she reads to stay up on current events.
Here is the exchange between Palin and Couric over what newspapers and magazines she reads:
Palin: I've read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.
During her interview with the CBS Evening News that will air tonight Sarah Palin defended her joke about listening Joe Biden speak since she was in the second grade age by saying that her stump speech joke had nothing to do with age or John McCain. She tried to sell herself as the new fresh face, but she is more like new Coke than new politics.
Here is the video:
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that voters blame the Republican Party for killing the $700 billion bailout bill by a 2 to 1 margin. Ninety Five percent of those surveyed labeled the financial problems either a crisis, or a serious problem, and 88% are worried that the failure of the bailout bill will worsen the nation's economic problems.
In their joint interview with the CBS Evening News, John McCain and Sarah Palin described an issue question about Pakistan as gotcha journalism, which now goes to show that Palin and McCain now consider the issues gotcha questions.
Here is the video:
The war of words over who is to blame for the House's failure to pass the $700 billion bailout bill continues between Barack Obama and John McCain. After McCain tried to lay the blame on Obama, an Obama spokesman accused McCain of being hyper partisan and playing politics with the crisis.
https://www.politicususa.com/en/McCain-Blames-Obama-For-Bailout-FailureIn a bit of farfetched delusional spinning, the McCain campaign is blaming Barack Obama for the House's failure to pass the $700 billion bailout package. "This bill failed because Barack Obama and the Democrats put politics ahead of country," said McCain advisor Douglas Holtz-Eakin.
All eyes were on the House of Representatives today, as the leadership in both parties tried to rally enough votes to pass the $700 billion bailout of the banking sector, but in the end, the bill failed by a vote of 228-205 against, thus possibily dooming both Wall St. and the presidential campaign of John McCain.
Today, Barack Obama accused John McCain of having a Katrina like response to the financial crisis. Later, while trying to deny this allegation the McCain campaign actually reinforced the idea by explaining that one of McCain's advisors asked, "You are running for president. Can't you do something?" That is John McCain's idea of leadership.
At a campaign rally in Detroit today, an emboldened Barack Obama kept up his attack against John McCain and the economy. Obama went for the heart of McCain's campaign by saying that McCain talks a lot about him, but says nothing about the middle class.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was on Face The Nation today where he said that John McCain deserves no credit for the bipartisan agreement on a federal bailout bill for the financial markets.
In a new ad the presidential campaign of Barack Obama jumped all over the idea that John McCain did not mention the middle class once while talking about the economy last night. This ad is a solid indication that the Obama people believe that they had a good night at the debate.
Here is the ad:
We can talk about who had the best lines or zingers all night, but a major subtheme of this debate was the question of Barack Obama's readiness to be president. Obama held his own in foreign policy. McCain was a little subpar, but Obama won tonight by looking like a president.
Now that John McCain has finally decided to show up for the debate in Oxford, Mississippi tonight, here are five things that you should keep your eye on while enjoying the debate. Look out for the economy, the sound bite, and temperament among other things.
The point of John McCain's coming back to Washington was for him to show leadership during a crisis, but McCain's return has revealed him to be unable to lead. Even more damning, the Republican presidential candidate has not even taken a position on the issue of a federal bailout for Wall Street.