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Sarah Palin clearly wins the VP Debates

Posted in Election, Obama, Palin by Karmi on October 3, 2008

Sarah Palin ‘MOPS-the-Floor’ with Joe “The Mop” Biden!

OK…I was a little worried about how Sarah Palin would do in the VP Debate; however, that worrying quickly ended as Gov. Palin proved – early on – that she is more qualified than either Barack Obama or Joe “The Mop” Biden.

After going thru five weeks of biased and radical scrutiny by the Democratic Party – AND their MSM – Sarah Palin proved that she is both capable and tough. Her performance last night was remarkable!

As expected, Gwen Ifill showed why she should not have been the moderator of the VP debate, i.e. by ‘cutting-off’ or ‘moving-on’ at least six times after she had allowed Biden to get the “last word in.” Sarah ignored the tactics…moved on, and did not allow it to distract her.

Biden was left looking like the ‘Washington Establishment’ that he represents:


Say it ain’t so, Joe, there you go again pointing backwards again. You preferenced your whole comment with the Bush administration. Now doggone it, let’s look ahead and tell Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future. …

No, in fact, when we talk about the Bush administration, there’s a time, too, when Americans are going to say, “Enough is enough with your ticket,” on constantly looking backwards, and pointing fingers, and doing the blame game. …

But for a ticket that wants to talk about change and looking into the future, there’s just too much finger-pointing backwards to ever make us believe that that’s where you’re going.

Michelle Malkin provides a list of Biden mistakes – “compiled by the McCain camp”:

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: Joe Biden lied when he said that Barack Obama never said that he would sit down unconditionally with Mahmoud Ahmedinijad of Iran. Barack Obama did say specifically, and Joe Biden attacked him for it.

3. OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING: Biden said, “Drill we must.” But Biden has opposed offshore drilling and even compared offshore drilling to “raping” the Outer Continental Shelf.”

4. TROOP FUNDING: Joe Biden lied when he indicated that John McCain and Barack Obama voted the same way against funding the troops in the field. John McCain opposed a bill that included a timeline, that the President of the United States had already said he would veto regardless of it’s passage.

5. OPPOSING CLEAN COAL: Biden says he’s always been for clean coal, but he just told a voter that he is against clean coal and any new coal plants in America and has a record of voting against clean coal and coal in the U.S. Senate.

6. ALERNATIVE ENERGY VOTES: According to, Biden is exaggerating and overstating John McCain’s record voting for alternative energy when he says he voted against it 23 times.

7. HEALTH INSURANCE: Biden falsely said McCain will raise taxes on people’s health insurance coverage — they get a tax credit to offset any tax hike. Independent fact checkers have confirmed this attack is false

8. OIL TAXES: Biden falsely said Palin supported a windfall profits tax in Alaska — she reformed the state tax and revenue system, it’s not a windfall profits tax.

9. AFGHANISTAN / GEN. MCKIERNAN COMMENTS: Biden said that top military commander in Iraq said the principles of the surge could not be applied to Afghanistan, but the commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Gen. David D. McKiernan said that there were principles of the surge strategy, including working with tribes, that could be applied in Afghanistan.

10. REGULATION: Biden falsely said McCain weakened regulation — he actually called for more regulation on Fannie and Freddie.

11. IRAQ: When Joe Biden lied when he said that John McCain was “dead wrong on Iraq”, because Joe Biden shared the same vote to authorize the war and differed on the surge strategy where they John McCain has been proven right.

12. TAX INCREASES: Biden said Americans earning less than $250,000 wouldn’t see higher taxes, but the Obama-Biden tax plan would raise taxes on individuals making $200,000 or more.

13. BAILOUT: Biden said the economic rescue legislation matches the four principles that Obama laid out, but in reality it doesn’t meet two of the four principles that Obama outlined on Sept. 19, which were that it include an emergency economic stimulus package, and that it be part of “part of a globally coordinated effort with our partners in the G-20.”

14. REAGAN TAX RATES: Biden is wrong in saying that under Obama, Americans won’t pay any more in taxes then they did under Reagan.

Joe “The Mop” Biden also made other mistakes/gaffes, e.g. his reference to “Article 1 of the Constitution”, and especially his statement that “we kicked – along with France; we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon.” Perhaps Biden meant to say Syria, since Hezbollah is very much alive in Lebanon, is a big part of the government there, and in fact more powerful than it’s ever been.

My favorite Sarah Palin line in the VP Debate: Obama would fly ‘flag of surrender’ in Iraq.

Swåmp Hermî†

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