Vice Presidential Debate
The Hiller Instinct: Vice Presidential Debate
But this wasn't a tie.
Sarah Palin was cheerful and friendly...folksy and puckish...but she did not speak with authority or confidence. In contrast, Joe Biden was all business. His experience--in Washington and in debates--was obvious. At times, this debate sounded as if it were between a seasoned professional and an earnest amateur who needs seasoning.
So my winner tonight was Joe Biden. His answers were disciplined and so was he: he was direct...smart, but not cute...and he did not play any gender politics.
Biden and Palin were both smart to avoid attacking each other...and to aim their criticism at the presidential candidates.
Both also offered strong support of their running mates. Palin may not have won the debate, but she didn't lose her appeal. And the election wasn't won or lost tonight...Though the most recent trend in this race is towards the democrats--to Obama and Biden.
I don't think this debate will change that.
Live newsroom, I'm Andy Hiller and that's my instinct.
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