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Eighteen minutes before the hour now she's one of the best debaters in American politics.
That's -- one of the campaign managers described Sarah Palin today.
That was Joseph Biden's campaign manager.
As we countdown to tonight's historic showdown here in saint Louis Missouri of course both sides -- working the expectations game obviously.
And is the Obama camp heaps of praise and Sarah Palin one Democrat is even taking a shot at Joseph Biden.
Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri said today Joseph Biden has a tendency to talk forever and sometimes say stuff that's kind of stupid.
She later said she was just having -- Joseph Biden moment herself and she made that comment and insist that she meant it affectionately.
Nothing but love senator -- -- whether -- now here in Saint Louis is a Minnesota Democrat.
And a big Obama supporter -- just a joke I know but this expectations game seemed to be a -- import.
Went well you know -- it is true that Sarah Palin is new on the national stage but she debated many many times in Alaska.
-- debated -- giants in Alaska politics and did very well on one ballot counts one of her.
Independent opponents who.
Did debates let -- talked about her skills that I think he says she's spoken glittering generalities into.
-- he was on the -- and assistant yeah what I thought of her over the last week her interviews with -- -- from I think there's been a few spots that I'm curious can she.
She didn't we should happen like an elaborate you know just a number of times or she -- -- -- straight in answering the questions but I think.
One of the things I -- and -- -- and Minnesota my home state.
Where she kind of came onto the national stage and I -- little pain exploded.
That people really didn't know I -- you know photo ops are over now it's time for getting into the issues and these interviews have been the first time the American people have really been able to see her.
Answer questions in this debate.
Is a very necessary part of that process and as far as Joseph Biden.
I think he answer that question pretty well and one of his debates and when he was asking about oh -- -- have this history of gas or.
Being on when did you remember when he said -- do you think you can handle.
It can be yes that's a city city yes.
Did Joseph Biden I mean he's he's not one who would -- to admit that over the last few weeks.
I mean he's put -- present on TV before there was television and then.
He's at the wrong present -- White House the truth is people make mistakes from TV cameras but what would you say would be his biggest challenge tonight because the Democrats are saying they are many.
Well I think his biggest challenge is going to be to make very clear.
To the voters and the American people the stark choice here -- between a McCain presidency.
And an Obama presidency and that's really his number one job because I think -- what about staying out of my way.
Staying -- now I think he's he was a very effective person last week after brock's debate.
Now with McCain.
When he went on the TV stations and I think actually it's more than staying out of the way I think -- he has little more in the middle of this economic crisis.
Joseph Biden has a responsibility and obligation.
To tell the American people that he and Barack will do to fix this economy to address the middle class to talk about their their problem.
-- -- riders so are you today quietly not for the camera but they've said quietly you know.
But he really needs to do is just go after John McCain would leave her alone.
After all she's a woman so you have to be careful as a woman how does that make you feel when the campaign is saying that sort of thing.
You know I think traditionally when you look at the past vice president's debates they haven't really been in the last few.
Elections have really been going after each other to any degree this is about other people at the top of the ticket.
Haven't that being said you know you think of Hillary Clinton in these primary debate she broke the glass ceiling on presidential debates she won many of those debate team.
-- a strong showing I think the American people.
We'll measure Sarah Palin.
-- like they wouldn't expect demand to be able to be a heartbeat away from the presidency and I hope that's the way they look at her tonight and come to -- out conclusively.
We hope so we're out of the dark -- -- See our senator any closure Democrat from Minnesota it's great to see was great to be can't happen thank you.
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