Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin - whose uneven performance in interviews and unscripted events have made some conservative supporters skeptical - took a shot at her vice presidential rival, Democrat Joe Biden, saying that she is looking forward to the big Thursday night debate. Palin did not appear to be daunted by the idea of going up against the experienced senator in a debate that would be nationally televised and watched by tens of millions of people.
At a rally, the 44-year-old Palin, noting that Biden, 65, seems pretty confident about winning the debate, said: “I have to admit, though, he’s a great debater, and he looks pretty doggone confident, like he’s sure he’s going to win. But then again, this is the same Senator Biden who said the other day that University of Delaware would trounce the Ohio State Buckeyes. Wrong!”
Giving a glimpse of the aggressiveness she might show at the debate in St. Louis, Palin chided Biden comments about coal, claiming that the Obama-Biden ticket would oppose efforts to expand clean coal technology. Noting that she will talk about the ‘new ideas’ that she and McCain want to bring to Washington, she asserted: “I’ll do my part in St. Louis.”
Meanwhile, the top half of the Republican ticket, presidential nominee Senator John McCain, continued to press his new populist themes, saying that the financial crisis was the result of “mistakes made in Wall Street and evil and greed in Washington.”
McCain persisted at his efforts of painting Obama as a tax-and-spend liberal. He accused Obama of failing to tell the truth at the debate Friday night about his votes in favor of budget resolutions that would have raised taxes on single taxpayers making $42,000 a year.
Arguing that Obama’s plan to raise taxes on the wealthy would ultimately harm the economy, McCain said: “Senator Obama’s record of higher taxes and more spending isn’t going to help ‘95 percent’ of Americans, as he likes to say. It’s going to hurt 100 percent of Americans by growing government, slowing growth, and destroying jobs.’’