Each candidate would then take a position, either for or against universal health care, and then argued that side of the issue. Thursdays event was more like a joint press conference for the candidates than a real debate. Palin seemed to be using a prepared script. For example, 13 minutes and 7 seconds into the debate, Sarah Palin said, I may not answer the questions the way that the moderator or you want to hear, but Im going to talk straight to the American people (Full Vice Presidential Debate).
While there were a few real exchanges between the two candidates, most of what they said was just a repeat of what they or their running mates had been saying in speeches for the campaign. Palin and Biden obviously had different political views. They also had two different objectives for the debate. For Palin, this was a chance to introduce herself to the voters and to show that she was a legitimate candidate. Biden is better known. His objective was to point out the flaws in McCains statements and to link McCain to President Bush. The strongest point in the debate was not about policy, but about the real lives of these two candidates.
At 1 hour, 19 minutes, and 6 seconds into the debate, Biden said, Look, I understand what it is like to be a single parent¦ the notion that somehow, because Im a man, I dont know what its like to raise two kids alone¦ I understand (Full Vice Presidential Debate). Biden looked and sounded very sincere when he said this. Palin ignored his comments and stayed with her prepared script.
Full Vice Presidential Debate with Gov. Palin and Sen. Biden. Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, with Gwin Ifill, moderator. YouTube. com. 2 October 2008. 6 October 2008