The first and only vice-presidential debate took place last Thursday night between Sen. Joe Biden, D- Del., and Gov. Sarah Palin, R- Alaska. Palin entered Washington University in St. Louis with lots of doubts and low expectations. She did well. OK, she did better than expected.
Since the debate has ended, there has been much criticism on how both candidates answered the tough questions, and how they handled themselves during the most-watched vice-presidential debate in history. Biden denounced the economic policies that have led to the current financial crisis. He cited exccesive dereguation was the cause. In reality, he voted for deregulation acts in 1999 along with many other Democrats. Interestingly, Biden and the Obama campaign trumpet the idea that McCain is giving oil complanies a $4 billion tax cut. McCain is giving a tax break to all corporations, not just the oil industry.
Palin also had a few sneaky tricks up her sleeve during the debate, twisting some facts. One of her big selling points was the Obama "94 times he voted to increase taxes or not support a tax reduction," according to the Hartford Courant. In fact, this includes repetitive votes and votes to cut taxes for the middle class but raise them for the rich. She also bragged about McCain's influence on changing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's dreadful mortgage policies which led to the failing economy today. Palin, however, neglects to admit that the bill was sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hagel, R- Neb., and McCain only supported it after 16 months. He did not do much other than add his name to something that was clearly becoming a problem.
So as far as there being a winner or a loser, I think it's up to each viewer to decide for themself. But I do think this was one of the more interesting debates in recent history. For now, this is an interesting take on the debate from 'Saturday Night Live.'