VP Candidates Talk About Their Debate Expectations

October 2, 2008

It's the much-anticipated showdown between the Vice-Presidential candidates.

Sarah Palin and Joe Biden will face off Thursday night for their first and only debate in this presidential contest.

The spotlight is on the number two. Days of cramming and prepping will be put to the test in a face-off between stark opposites: Republican VP pick Sarah Palin and Democrat Joe Biden.

After skyrocketing onto the national scene and energizing the Republican faithful, the first-term Alaskan governor is now struggling to regain her footing after several shaky network interviews. She says she feels different, "I know what Americans are going through. Todd and I, heck we're going through that right now, even as we speak, which may put me, again, kind of on the outs with those Washington elite who don't like the idea of just an everyday working class American running for such an office," said Palin.

For the Democrats, Biden has served in the Senate for 35 years. Despite his experience, Biden isn't underestimating his opponent.

"I have great respect for and what I hear and watched the debating skills of Governor Palin. I think it will be a tough debate," said Biden.

His biggest challenge will be to stick to the script. He's known for making off-the-cuff remarks, including some gaffes.

Now, both candidates have tried to lower expectations leading into Thursday's debate. The topics will range from domestic to foreign policy.

Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama is bringing his campaign back to Virginia. He's planning a rally for Saturday.

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