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7:35 AM ET, October 3, 2008


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Transcript of Palin, Biden debate  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The vice presidential candidates, Democratic Sen. Joe Biden and Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, debated in St. Louis, Missouri, Thursday night.  Gwen Ifill of PBS was the debate moderator.  Here is a transcript of that debate:
Michelle Malkin:
SARAH ROCKS!  —  First, I would like to see all the Sarah doubters and detractors in the Beltway/Manhattan corridor eat their words.  —  Eat them.  —  Sarah Palin is the real deal.  Five weeks on the campaign trail, thrust onto the national stage, she rocked tonight's debate.
Poll: Biden wins debate, Palin exceeds expectations  —  (CNN) - A national poll of people who watched the vice presidential debate suggests that Democratic Sen. Joe Biden won but also hints that Republican Gov. Sarah Palin exceeded expectations.  —  The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The Veeps  —  10.30 pm.  Biden's sobriety and authority and call for fundamental change is both reasonable and solid.  It will resonate, I think.  As you can read, I began this debate feeling that she was steam-rolling him.  She was.  But it was a steam-roller coming at you on fumes, not real fuel.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
You betcha Sarah Palin can debate  —  ST. LOUIS — Sarah Palin was supposed to fall off the stage at her vice presidential debate Thursday evening.  Instead, she ended up dominating it.  —  She not only kept Joe Biden on the defensive for much of the debate, she not only repeatedly attacked Barack Obama …
Nate Silver /
Post-VP Debate Thoughts  —  As with the Obama-McCain debate last Friday, the vast majority of the insta-polls went to the Democratic ticket.  Biden won the CBS poll of undecideds 46-21, and the CNN poll of debate watchers 51-36.  Independents in the large MediaCurves focus group panel went for Biden about 2:1.
Ace /
Biden's 14 Lies  —  Fresh from the McCain people.  —  JOE BIDEN'S 14 LIES TONIGHT  —  1. TAX VOTE: Biden said McCain voted “the exact same way” as Obama to increase taxes on Americans earning just $42,000, but McCain DID NOT VOTE THAT WAY.  —  2. AHMEDINIJAD MEETING …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Say Anything
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In Debate, Republican Ticket Survives One Test  —  Gov. Sarah Palin made it through the vice-presidential debate on Thursday without doing any obvious damage to the Republican presidential ticket.  By surviving her encounter with Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. and quelling some of the talk …
Discussion: Washington Post
CBS News:
VP Candidates Assess Dick Cheney
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Palin Delivers, But Doubts Linger
Discussion: Guardian
New York Times:
The Vice-Presidential Debate
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Early Snap Polls: Biden Won Handily
Washington Wire:   Who Won the Vice-Presidential Debate?
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Palin's new plan: Go after Biden
New York Times:
Transcript: The Vice-Presidential Debate
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Exclusive: Barack Obama is ‘aloof’ says British ambassador to US  —  Barack Obama is a “decidedly liberal” senator “who was finding his feet, and then got diverted by his presidential ambitions”, according to a frank verdict delivered to Gordon Brown by the British ambassador to the United States.
Discussion: Don Surber and Commentary
Daily Mail:
Sarah Palin blunders over talks with British ambassador that never …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain fate hangs on three states  —  ST. LOUIS — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) now must win Pennsylvania, Wisconsin or Minnesota in order to get enough electoral votes to win the presidency, his campaign says.  —  Those were considered swing states in 2000 and 2004, but George W. Bush lost them both times.
Discussion: Open Left, The New Republic and MyDD
The New Republic:
Palin Channels Reagan  —  As Biden would say: “God love ya' Jon Chait!”  —  Was it just me, or did she quote Reagan a lot?  I don't remember any candidate recalling a former president quite that much in a debate.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Agency's '04 Rule Let Banks Pile Up New Debt, and Risk  —  “We have a good deal of comfort about the capital cushions at these firms at the moment.”  — Christopher Cox, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, March 11, 2008.  —  As rumors swirled that Bear Stearns faced imminent collapse …
James Fallows:
Your VP debate wrapup in four bullet points  —  Quick guide: … That's all for instant-analysis.  On to the next debate.  —  Update: How was it, considered strictly as a debate?  Of course Biden did a far better job — he answered the questions rather than moving straight to talking points …
Susie Bright / 10 Zen Monkeys:
Why Sarah's Sex Life Matters  —  A lot of people have said “I don't know if it's fair to look at Sarah Palin's sexuality the way people are — I just don't know if it's sexist or appropriate.  Why can't we just treat her like a human being?”  Okay, I'm going to tell you why it's appropriate for us to gloat and delve into every detail.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GEN. MCCLELLAN  —  Needless to say, getting the name of the top general in Afghanistan wrong just shows that Palin is new to the subject matter.  But lying about what he said is a much bigger deal.
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