SUDAN WATCH: YouTube videos of US Vice Presidential Debate 02 Oct 08: Biden vs Palin on Darfur, Nuclear Weapons & Bailout Bill

Saturday, October 04, 2008

YouTube videos of US Vice Presidential Debate 02 Oct 08: Biden vs Palin on Darfur, Nuclear Weapons & Bailout Bill

US Senator Joe Biden from Delaware and US Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, the vice presidential nominees of the Democratic and Republican parties, respectively, debated each other in the Athletic Complex at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 8pm October 02, 2008.

Biden vs Palin - Darfur



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Views: 1,852 as at 04 October 2008
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Biden vs Palin - Nuclear Weapons



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Views: 1,744 as at 04 October 2008
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Biden vs Palin - Bailout Bill



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Views: 2,453 as at 04 October 2008
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Inside view from some students

Excerpt from commentary at the website of Washington University in St Louis - "The vice presidential debate as seen from inside the hall"
By Leslie Gibson McCarthy:
Moments later, Sen. Joe Biden enters from stage left; Gov. Sarah Palin from stage right. They meet in the middle, shake hands. "Nice to meet you," Palin says. "It's a pleasure," Biden replies. "Hey can I call you Joe?" she asks.

Palin is wearing a black suit; Biden a black suit with a light blue tie. Earlier in the day at his dress rehearsal, attended by the students who were stand-ins for the candidates the day before, he asked senior Julia Latash if she preferred the dark blue tie or the light blue. "The dark blue," she told him. "But what do I know. Listen to your wardrobe people."

Biden listens to the wardrobe people, the tie being among the least of his concerns at this point in the night. He has won the coin toss and has the first question from Ifill, who asks Biden if the week's events in Congress and the bailout was the "worst of Washington or the best of Washington."

Biden launches into an attack on the Bush Administration, a theme he will carry throughout the night. "(The bailout) is evidence of the fact that the economic policies of the last eight years have been the worst economic policies we've ever had."

Palin looks down at the podium, taking notes and waiting her turn. Her first response indicates the theme she will go back to throughout the night -- a message directly to the American people. "Go to a kid's soccer game on Saturday, and turn to any parent there on the sideline and ask them, "How are you feeling about the economy?"

Throughout the next 90 minutes they debated the economy, climate change, carbon emissions, same-sex marriage, an exit strategy in Iraq, diplomacy in Iran and Pakistan, and the role of the vice presidency. Both candidates listened intently and took notes on legal pads while the other was talking.

Biden played up his foreign policy experience and avoided the missteps he is known for; Palin played up the Washington outsider's role and a desire to appeal directly to the American people. Both were forceful, pointed and emotional.

In the end, the students in section B thought both candidates had done well, but many remained undecided on how they would vote. "It was a thrill just being here," Jimoh said.
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Official transcript and photo slideshow of the Debate

Click here for photo slideshow and Official transcript from the Commission on Presidential Debates (PDF) courtesy of Washington University in St Louis.
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