Which probably qualifies as a victory for the McCain campaign.
Governor Palin frequently didn't answer the questions and constantly repeated the same talking points, but she didn't fail to zero the way she had in her earlier interviews
Senator Biden won on debating points, but then so did Richard Nixon in 1960. American's aren't debate judges.
She continues to be bright and cheery and likeable. Time will tell if she answered the question in peoples minds about her readiness to be the President.
It was striking how completely she was willing to throw President Bush under the bus. There was virtually no statement of support for his policies while she pushed her theme that she and Senator McCain are reformers.
Senator Biden directly attacked that claim and did so effectively, but only did it once. Senator Biden also clearly and effectively talked about the lack of significant policy differences between President Bush and Senator McCain, continuing the theme of McCain being simply a 3rd Bush term. He did it well, but he only did it once. Governor Palin repeated her mantra that she and Senator McCain were reformers over and over and over again apparently believing that if you say something over and over again, even if its not true, people will believe you.
Senator McCain and his campaign staff have to be breathing a massive sigh of relief tonight
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