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Underestimate Sarah Palin at your peril, Biden warned
timesonline ^ | October 2, 2008 | Philippe Naughton

Posted on 10/02/2008 7:31:20 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle

Sarah Palin: danced around her rivals 'like Muhammad Ali'

One of Sarah Palin's former political foes has delivered a warning to Joe Biden before tonight's first televised vice-presidential debate: underestimate her at your peril.

The Alaskan state governor and moose-hunting "hockey mom" plucked from obscurity by the Republican nominee John McCain has been getting intensive coaching ahead of the debate from experts including the former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.

Republican concerns grew after interviews in which Ms Palin, 44, has appeared lost for words and supporters feared that a poor performance could deal a lethal blow to the McCain campaign in the same way that her performance at the Republican convention breathed life into it.

Her gaffes include citing Alaska’s proximity to Canada and Russia as giving her foreign policy experience.

But Mr Biden - who famously came a cropper during a primary debate in 1987 when he borrowed a line from the British Labour leader Neil Kinnock without crediting it - will be careful to avoid complacency, especially after an account in today's Los Angeles Times of Ms Palin's success in Alaska.

The newspaper said that Ms Palin had been "woefully unprepared" when she started her run for the Alaska governorship in late 2006, stumbling in her answers before an audience of electrical workers

But within a few weeks she was much more at ease and, in the words of one observer, she ended up flummoxing her rivals "like Muhammad Ali dancing around the ring".

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008debates; 2008veep; biden; debate; palin
From the moment she was chosen, I said "Let Sarah Palin be Sarah Palin."
1 posted on 10/02/2008 7:31:20 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle
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To: rightinthemiddle
I hate to put pressure on Sarah

But She might be the only chance to get the campaign on the track again.

I have no clue what Mc Cain is doing and that is his problem

The base is getting pissed.

2 posted on 10/02/2008 7:35:19 AM PDT by scooby321 (Cai)
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To: rightinthemiddle

She’s not called Sarah Barracuda for no reason........

Let the feeding frenzy commence and let the bodies (Joe Biden) hit the floor.


3 posted on 10/02/2008 7:35:19 AM PDT by roaddog727 (BS does not get bridges built - the funk you see is the funk you do)
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To: rightinthemiddle

I’ll be rooting for her and praying for her.


4 posted on 10/02/2008 7:36:13 AM PDT by Chewie84
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To: rightinthemiddle

Gwen Ifill has got a lot of scrutiny lately. I think she knows she can’t turn this into a Jeopardy program.


5 posted on 10/02/2008 7:36:27 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (If the election were today, Obama would win.........in Europe.)
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To: rightinthemiddle

My fear is it has been made impossible for us to ever see the woman the Alaskan people elected.


6 posted on 10/02/2008 7:36:35 AM PDT by redk
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To: rightinthemiddle

I sure hope things go well tonight for Sarah, and that Joe appears befuddled and not up to Sarah’s level by comparison.

The latest polls are discouraging. Sarah needs a strong performance to solidify support for the McCain/Palin ticket. Support for Sarah herself has waned, maybe due in part to caricatures of her in the MSM. She has to present herself and speak with the courage of her convictions.

Obama is winning in battleground states such as Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, and Colorado according to the very latest polls. We’ve got to turn this around in those states.


7 posted on 10/02/2008 7:38:03 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: rightinthemiddle

Amen to that. With her personality, smile, beautiful eyes, happy face she’ll woo the crowd. For those who can’t be wooed by just who she is...well, she’ll kick their butt with her performance. Go Sarah!!!!


8 posted on 10/02/2008 7:38:09 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: redk

I really like her reference to Lincoln’s qoute on being on the side of God. That is what I am praying for..that we are on the side of God and that he will look out for us in this election.


9 posted on 10/02/2008 7:38:26 AM PDT by Oldexpat (Drill Here, Drill There..we must drill everywhere.)
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To: rightinthemiddle

NOW, NOW, NOW, JOE...THERE YOU GO AGAIN



I'M VOTING FOR SARAH

10 posted on 10/02/2008 7:39:09 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Dilbert San Diego
I sure hope things go well tonight for Sarah

As do I.

If not, there is no chance for us come November.

11 posted on 10/02/2008 7:40:14 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: rightinthemiddle

The scene from the first “Rocky” movie comes to mind. The one prior to the fight where Apollo Creed is busy with promotion details while one of his trainers is watching Rocky on the local news channel pummel the heck out of a side of beef.


12 posted on 10/02/2008 7:40:40 AM PDT by FMBass ("Now that I'm sober I watch a lot of news"- Garofalo from Coulter's "Treason")
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To: Chewie84

We will be too. There’s not much else to be done to help her but to pray for her. The devil is out there and trying to destroy her. This has proven to me just how hateful, spiteful, ugly, miserable, bitter, resentful the dem/lib/lefties are.

Never, never, never will I ever vote for one of them. I don’t care if they put someone DECENT up there one day because the ugliness inside their hearts and their party will manifest itself onto that same candidate and he/she too will be sullied with a dark soul never to be recover again from that abyss of their party. Deep, dark, ugly.

Go Sarah Palin...bring America back to goodness.


13 posted on 10/02/2008 7:40:59 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Puppage

If she doesn’t do well “there’s no chance for us come November”??? Not buying it. :)


14 posted on 10/02/2008 7:41:20 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Oldexpat

I hope so.

I wasn’t around for Reagan so I can honestly say I have never felt as strongly about a politician as I do about her.


15 posted on 10/02/2008 7:42:01 AM PDT by redk
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To: redk

Why do you fear that? You are being taken in by too much of the media’s words and that’s what they want to happen.

I have faith we are going to see Vice President Sarah Palin and one day President Sarah Palin.

Have faith and be positive. Pray for her as she is a good person. Pray for the opposition cause they need all the prayers they can get.


16 posted on 10/02/2008 7:42:44 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: cubreporter

I would vote for Lieberman and um yeah that’s about it.


17 posted on 10/02/2008 7:43:26 AM PDT by redk
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To: cubreporter

I hope I am wrong.

I want my nieces to grow up with her in the White House.


18 posted on 10/02/2008 7:44:48 AM PDT by redk
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To: sarasota

well, tonight’s debate is important. Sarah has been caricatured by the MSM similar to how they caricatured Dan Quayle years ago. This is a big chance for her to overcome that caricature with a strong performance.

The way the polls are going, McCain/Palin need strong showings to re-gain support. Just maintaining the status quo until election day will result in President Obama.


19 posted on 10/02/2008 7:45:26 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: sarasota

Don’t forget, She will not be edited like in the interviews with Gibson and Couric. We’ll get to see her whole answer


20 posted on 10/02/2008 7:46:32 AM PDT by roj (Fenwick Island is great this time of year)
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To: rightinthemiddle
experts including the former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.

Right! The expect who argued with Communists about the shape of a table.

21 posted on 10/02/2008 7:46:45 AM PDT by ASA Vet
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To: Dilbert San Diego

She will come through. And as Rasmussen himself said, not every American is looking every minute at the debates, the polls, the tv news. I think a lot of minds have been made up long ago. And I think McCain is going to win.


22 posted on 10/02/2008 7:46:49 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: rightinthemiddle

Don’t “hope” that Sarah does well. Pray.

Matthew 10:19-20
19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.


23 posted on 10/02/2008 7:47:45 AM PDT by MrB (0bama supporters: What's the attraction? The Marxism or the Infanticide?)
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To: scooby321

“The base is getting pissed.”

I wouldn’t say I’m pissed - I would say I’m frustrated and disappointed. Then again, as Rush said, we can’t really expect McCain to be anything but McCain... and recently he’s just gone out of his way to remind us why we never liked him to begin with.


24 posted on 10/02/2008 7:48:16 AM PDT by Pravious
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To: Rennes Templar

Gwen is one of the worst moderators and her love for Obama will show no bounds tonight as she rigs the debate. Our best hope is America sees the charade and calls fall and decides we aren’t seeing the real obama becuase of the biased media coverage.

I wouldn’t mind for Sarah to sink her teeth into Gwen to get the base fired up.


25 posted on 10/02/2008 7:52:14 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: for-q-clinton

fall = foul


26 posted on 10/02/2008 7:56:21 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: sarasota
If she doesn’t do well “there’s no chance for us come November”??? Not buying it. :)

Why not? Gimme something to hold on to.

27 posted on 10/02/2008 7:56:59 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

I believe that McCain supporters made up their minds right after Palin was put on the ticket. Those who are “disenchanted” will, I pray, vote for McCain/Palin. There is just to much at stake to pretend that we’ll be better off with Obama. Conservatives are generally the “strong silent types”. I’m counting on political clarity on November 4.


28 posted on 10/02/2008 8:00:07 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: ASA Vet

> The expect who argued with Communists about the shape of a table.

The dispute over the shape of the table (which lasted about a year) began when the Paris peace talks began in 1968 when Lyndon Johnson, not Richard Nixon, was president. Kissinger didn’t really take charge over Vietnam negotiations until about 1970. I know that Henry Cabot Lodge replaced Averall Harriman as chief negotiator in Paris when Nixon replaced Johnson.


29 posted on 10/02/2008 8:02:42 AM PDT by Revenge of Sith
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To: rightinthemiddle

Unfortunately for Palin she has spent the past month in the presence of a moron. McCain has undoubtedly been hammering his piss-ant, spineless version of reaching across the aisle into her. So a bright, tough conservative will probably come across like a weepy, indecisive RINO during the debate. That will be McCains gift to the republican party and the career of a potentially great politician and patriot. Anyone still wonder why so many libs lined up to vote for McCain in the primary?


30 posted on 10/02/2008 8:04:10 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: redk
I was around for Reagan and took mountains of crap from my teachers in high school for that very reason. Sarah is the only politician I have been as enthusiastic about since then.
The left is terrified of Sarah Palin. She will be the first female president and they will have to deal with her for years to come.
31 posted on 10/02/2008 8:08:43 AM PDT by warsaw44
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To: MrB

Thank you for posting that.


32 posted on 10/02/2008 8:10:47 AM PDT by onemiddleamerican
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To: rightinthemiddle

Her gaffes include citing Alaska’s proximity to Canada and Russia as giving her foreign policy experience.

Well, that’s a hell of a lot worse than Obama citing the running of his campaign as giving him executive experience! /s/


33 posted on 10/02/2008 8:42:38 AM PDT by saganite (Obama is a political STD)
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To: Puppage
Why not? Gimme something to hold on to.

Have faith in the American people, not in the MSM's hatchet job on Sarah Palin.

34 posted on 10/02/2008 8:43:40 AM PDT by hunter112 (Gov. Palin is ten times the woman Hillary could've hoped to be, if she had stayed a "Goldwater Girl")
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To: cubreporter

very well put


35 posted on 10/02/2008 8:45:02 AM PDT by The Wizard (DemonRATS: enemies of America)
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To: Pravious
I wouldn’t say I’m pissed - I would say I’m frustrated and disappointed. Then again, as Rush said, we can’t really expect McCain to be anything but McCain... and recently he’s just gone out of his way to remind us why we never liked him to begin with.

Exactly.

But consider the alternative.

When I see how obama's acting and what he's demanding and voting for now, even before he could be president, we are totally screwed if he gets in. All he!! will break loose.

36 posted on 10/02/2008 8:50:34 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Puppage; Dilbert San Diego
I sure hope things go well tonight for Sarah

As do I. If not, there is no chance for us come November.

Good grief. You two pessimists need to read this.

Don't just skim it, or you will miss the point. Take two minutes and read the entire thing.

37 posted on 10/02/2008 8:53:44 AM PDT by impeachedrapist (Bill Clinton, as Arkansas Attorney General did you make Juanita Broaddrick pay for her rape kit?)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Just maintaining the status quo until election day will result in President Obama.

I disagree.

38 posted on 10/02/2008 8:55:12 AM PDT by impeachedrapist (Bill Clinton, as Arkansas Attorney General did you make Juanita Broaddrick pay for her rape kit?)
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To: The Wizard

Thanks, Friend. :)


39 posted on 10/02/2008 1:36:12 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: The Wizard

Thanks, Friend. :)


40 posted on 10/02/2008 1:36:53 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: roaddog727

After watching the tapes of her in debates for the governorship of alaska(I think), chuckles SHOULD be scared.

Watching her smile that little smile right before sliding in the rhetorical knife sent shivers down my spine.


41 posted on 10/02/2008 5:20:10 PM PDT by w1nston
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