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"I would like to respond about the tax increases," she said when the topic turned to subprime mortgages. "I want to go back to the energy plan," she said at another point, sidestepping another discussion of taxes.
Asked by moderator Gwen Ifill if she would support legislation allowing debt-strapped mortgage holders to file for bankruptcy to get out from under that debt, Palin said yes but avoided details, quickly steering the focus back to a more general discussion of the "toxic mess" in the financial industry.
The Obama and McCain campaigns have agreed to an unusual free-flowing format for the three televised presidential debates, which begin on Friday, but the McCain camp fought for and won a much more structured approach for the questioning at the vice-presidential debate, advisers to both campaigns said Saturday.
At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.
McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.
The wrangling was chiefly between the McCain-Palin camp and the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which is sponsoring the forums……
The debate formats were negotiated by Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, representing the McCain campaign, and Representative Rahm Emanuel, Democrat of Illinois, for the Obama camp. A handful of aides from both camps were also involved, hammering out issues between themselves and then holding conference calls with members of the commission to reach final agreements, people involved in the process said.
Originally posted by nyk537
Originally posted by Fromabove
BTW Gov. Palin wiped the floor with the used car salesman.
Used car salesman? I wouldn't even buy a used car from Joe Biden.
I get the feeling just looking at him that hes out to rip me off.
Palin was indeed wearing an earpiece
Originally posted by Blacknapkins
I want each and everyone of you, to go back and re-watch all of Palin's prior interviews, on the tele. Look at how she stumbles around ideas, avoids eye contact, uses lengthy pauses, dancing around questions etc. etc.
If you watched the debate, you saw she rarely stumbled, rarely avoided eye contact, was rather specific, even if she was dancing around the true question, she had a goal in mind.
Palin was a different speaker on stage that night. It might have been an ear-piece. It might have been days or weeks of prep. with forehand knowledge of the questions.
She wasn't the same person you saw on the talk shows, even though the questions were, often the same.
Originally posted by Fuzzy Wabbit
reply to post by philjwolf
Biden would have no need for an earpiece. He is more than capable of handling himself in any situation, be that a debate or an interview or a rally.
Palin on the otherhand is a fish out of water. She needs all the hand holding she can get. She has practically been sheltered since being tapped as a running mate. Now all of a sudden her handlers are going to send her out on the debate floor unaided? That just doesn't make any sense.