If you ever wanted proof that CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and most major newspapers have had long standing pro-conservative biases and continually spew right wing propaganda all while falsely claiming that they themselves are the "liberal media," then the pro Palin spin immediately after the debate should be your final piece of evidence. We have Olbermann, Maddow, Stewart, Colbert, scattered voices on radio, TV, and in print, progressives blogs, and little else. That's your entire liberal media.
Sarah Palin's debate performance was abysmal on ALL fronts. She was impersonable, cold, aloof, classless, and snobby. Her speaking style was incoherent as she struggled to connect the pre-programmed sound bites that her inner Duracells had recently memorized in cram sessions with right wing nutcase Sean Hannity and other Faux News operatives. She committed gaffes, was misinformed, and couldn't answer simple questions. She was worse than Quayle and even worse than Admiral Stockdale. She gave the worst debate performance in a VP debate in American history. It was a knockout of epic proportions. The undecided voters in the instapolls confirmed this.
Let's analyze the transcript.
PALIN: Nice to meet you.
BIDEN: It's a pleasure.
PALIN: Hey, can I call you Joe?
Mistake 1 - Totally unprofessional. This is serious business. If Biden went up to her and said, "Can I call you Sarah?" the McCain camp would have called this condescending, disrespectful, and rude. And they would have been right.
"You know I think a good barometer here, as we try to figure out whether this has been a good time or a bad time in American's economy"
Mistake 2. Right away, her first sentence she blows it. The rest of us have figured out this is a bad time. But I'm not a Wasilla elitist who bilks Alaskans to sleep in my own bed and I don't own 3 homes.
"is go to a kid's soccer game on Saturday, and turn to any parent there on the sideline and ask them, "How are you feeling about the economy?"
Mistake 3. I don't think Palin has ever gone to a soccer game on a Saturday.
Mistake 4. When people are watching their kids play soccer, they aren't there to have political conversations.
"And I'll bet you, you're going to hear some fear in that parent's voice, fear regarding the few investments that some of us have in the stock market. Did we just take a major hit with those investments?
Fear about, how are we going to afford to send our kids to college? A fear, as small-business owners, perhaps, how we're going to borrow any money to increase inventory or hire more people."
Mistake 5 - Overplaying the fear card. This scared the heck out of people.
The barometer there, I think, is going to be resounding that our economy is hurting and the federal government has not provided the sound oversight that we need and that we deserve, and we need reform to that end.
Mistake 6 - Just style points. Now she says the economy is hurting, she says the federal government needs sound oversight but will contradict this later on.
Now, John McCain thankfully has been one representing reform. Two years ago, remember, it was John McCain who pushed so hard with the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reform measures. He sounded that warning bell.
Mistake 7 - John McCain did not push so hard for this. He was Johnny Come Lately. This is a lie.
People in the Senate with him, his colleagues, didn't want to listen to him and wouldn't go towards that reform that was needed then. I think that the alarm has been heard, though, and there will be that greater oversight, again thanks to John McCain's bipartisan efforts that he was so instrumental in bringing folks together over this past week, even suspending his own campaign to make sure he was putting excessive politics aside and putting the country first.
Mistake 8 - You are copying what Sean Hannity told you to say word for word. We can compare the audio you know.
Mistake 9 - Also, perhaps there is a reason why people didn't listen to John McCain? Temperament!
John McCain, in referring to the fundamental of our economy being strong, he was talking to and he was talking about the American workforce. And the American workforce is the greatest in this world, with the ingenuity and the work ethic that is just entrenched in our workforce.
That's a positive. That's encouragement. And that's what John McCain meant.
Mistake 10 - She's lying about the fundamentals of the economy and MCcain. He's said it 16 times.
Mistake 11 - Rambling disconnected sound bites - greatest work force in world, ingenuity, work ethic, entrenched in work force, positive, encouragement, John McCain meant.
Now, what I've done as a governor and as a mayor is (inaudible) I've had that track record of reform. And I've joined this team that is a team of mavericks with John McCain, also, with his track record of reform, where we're known for putting partisan politics aside to just get the job done.
Now, Barack Obama, of course, he's pretty much only voted along his party lines. In fact, 96 percent of his votes have been solely along party line, not having that proof for the American people to know that his commitment, too, is, you know, put the partisanship, put the special interests aside, and get down to getting business done for the people of America.
We're tired of the old politics as usual. And that's why, with all due respect, I do respect your years in the U.S. Senate, but I think Americans are craving something new and different and that new energy and that new commitment that's going to come with reform.
I think that's why we need to send the maverick from the Senate and put him in the White House, and I'm happy to join him there.
Mistake 12 - She mentions her track record but provided not one example.
Mistake 13 - Her 96% claim is untrue.
Mistake 14 - Her paragraph about something new and different, new energy and new commitment is brilliant. It's a great critique as to why her running mate shouldn't be President.
Mistake 15 - Her maverick from the Senate remark comes across as childish and foolish.
Darn right it was the predator lenders, who tried to talk Americans into thinking that it was smart to buy a $300,000 house if we could only afford a $100,000 house. There was deception there, and there was greed and there is corruption on Wall Street. And we need to stop that.
Again, John McCain and I, that commitment that we have made, and we're going to follow through on that, getting rid of that corruption.
Mistake 16 - The term is predatory lenders.
Mistake 17 - Buying a house is much more than a lender. It has a seller, buyer, and many other parts. She doesn't understand what a real estate transaction is and this shows to anybody with rudimentary knowledge.
Mistake 18 - The $300,000 to $100,000 remark is laughable. (She said this word for word on Hannity.)
Mistake 19 - Rambling sound bites - deception, greed, corruption, Wall Street, stop that, John MCcain and I, commitment, follow through, get rid of corruption. She did forget to say, "Polly Want A Cracker."
One thing that Americans do at this time, also, though, is let's commit ourselves just every day American people, Joe Six Pack, hockey moms across the nation, I think we need to band together and say never again. Never will we be exploited and taken advantage of again by those who are managing our money and loaning us these dollars. We need to make sure that we demand from the federal government strict oversight of those entities in charge of our investments and our savings and we need also to not get ourselves in debt. Let's do what our parents told us before we probably even got that first credit card. Don't live outside of our means. We need to make sure that as individuals we're taking personal responsibility through all of this. It's not the American peoples fault that the economy is hurting like it is, but we have an opportunity to learn a heck of a lot of good lessons through this and say never again will we be taken advantage of.
Mistake 20 - Disjointed opening about Joe Six Pack and hockey moms.
Mistake 21 - She doesn't understand managing money and loans.
Mistake 22 - She's blaming Americans for being in debt. She's very close to calling us all whiners.
I would like to respond about the tax increases. We can speak in agreement here that darn right we need tax relief for Americans so that jobs can be created here. Now, Barack Obama and Sen. Biden also voted for the largest tax increases in U.S. history. Barack had 94 opportunities to side on the people's side and reduce taxes and 94 times he voted to increase taxes or not support a tax reduction, 94 times.
Mistake 23 - She's lying about the vote on tax increases with Biden and Obama.
Mistake 24 - She's lying about the 94 times/opportunities.
Now, that's not what we need to create jobs and really bolster and heat up our economy. We do need the private sector to be able to keep more of what we earn and produce. Government is going to have to learn to be more efficient and live with less if that's what it takes to reign in the government growth that we've seen today. But we do need tax relief and Barack Obama even supported increasing taxes as late as last year for those families making only $42,000 a year. That's a lot of middle income average American families to increase taxes on them. I think that is the way to kill jobs and to continue to harm our economy.
Mistake 25 - Untrue about the $42,000 a year.
Mistake 26 - What the hell did she just say other than attempt to put together 8-10 sound bites into a paragraph?
I'm still on the tax thing because I want to correct you on that again. And I want to let you know what I did as a mayor and as a governor. And I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I'm going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also. As mayor, every year I was in office I did reduce taxes. I eliminated personal property taxes and eliminated small business inventory taxes and as governor we suspended our state fuel tax. We did all of those things knowing that that is how our economy would be heated up. Now, as for John McCain's adherence to rules and regulations and pushing for even harder and tougher regulations, that is another thing that he is known for though. Look at the tobacco industry. Look at campaign finance reform.
Mistake 27 - The "tax thing" makes her sound childish.
Mistake 28 - She actually admits that she may not answer the questions.
Mistake 29 - "John McCain's adherence to rules and regulations" Ah does she know what she is talking about?
Mistake 30 - She raised food taxes as Mayor of Wasilla. She's lying.
To her credit she did give a couple of specifics here.
I do take issue with some of the principle there with that redistribution of wealth principle that seems to be espoused by you. But when you talk about Barack's plan to tax increase affecting only those making $250,000 a year or more, you're forgetting millions of small businesses that are going to fit into that category. So they're going to be the ones paying higher taxes thus resulting in fewer jobs being created and less productivity.
Mistake 31 - She's dishonestly trying to classify many small businesses as making over $250,000 a year.
Now you said recently that higher taxes or asking for higher taxes or paying higher taxes is patriotic. In the middle class of America which is where Todd and I have been all of our lives, that's not patriotic. Patriotic is saying, government, you know, you're not always the solution. In fact, too often you're the problem so, government, lessen the tax burden and on our families and get out of the way and let the private sector and our families grow and thrive and prosper. An increased tax formula that Barack Obama is proposing in addition to nearly a trillion dollars in new spending that he's proposing is the backwards way of trying to grow our economy.
Mistake 32 - You and Todd are well off.
Mistake 33 - She's copying Hannity's talking points on an out of context Biden quote and a spoon fed line.
Mistake 34 - Again she's lying about Obama's plan.
I am because he's got a good health care plan that is detailed. And I want to give you a couple details on that. He's proposing a $5,000 tax credit for families so that they can get out there and they can purchase their own health care coverage. That's a smart thing to do. That's budget neutral. That doesn't cost the government anything as opposed to Barack Obama's plan to mandate health care coverage and have universal government run program and unless you're pleased with the way the federal government has been running anything lately, I don't think that it's going to be real pleasing for Americans to consider health care being taken over by the feds. But a $5,000 health care credit through our income tax that's budget neutral. That's going to help. And he also wants to erase those artificial lines between states so that through competition, we can cross state lines and if there's a better plan offered somewhere else, we would be able to purchase that. So affordability and accessibility will be the keys there with that $5,000 tax credit also being offered.
Mistake 35 - Her artificial lines between states comment is off kilter.
Mistake 36 - The $5000 health care credit through our income tax? Very poorly phrased.
Mistake 37 - She's lying about this being budget neutral. It's a tax increase on people.
Well, the nice thing about running with John McCain is I can assure you he doesn't tell one thing to one group and then turns around and tells something else to another group, including his plans that will make this bailout plan, this rescue plan, even better.
I want to go back to the energy plan, though, because this is -- this is an important one that Barack Obama, he voted for in '05.
Sen. Biden, you would remember that, in that energy plan that Obama voted for, that's what gave those oil companies those big tax breaks. Your running mate voted for that.
Mistake 38 - She's lying about Obama's vote.
Mistake 39 - John McCain is the king of flip flops. that is a lie.
You know what I had to do in the state of Alaska? I had to take on those oil companies and tell them, "No," you know, any of the greed there that has been kind of instrumental, I guess, in their mode of operation, that wasn't going to happen in my state.
And that's why Tillerson at Exxon and Mulva at ConocoPhillips, bless their hearts, they're doing what they need to do, as corporate CEOs, but they're not my biggest fans, because what I had to do up there in Alaska was to break up a monopoly up there and say, you know, the people are going to come first and we're going to make sure that we have value given to the people of Alaska with those resources.
And those huge tax breaks aren't coming to the big multinational corporations anymore, not when it adversely affects the people who live in a state and, in this case, in a country who should be benefiting at the same time.
Mistake 40 - She didn't take on the oil companies, she's their puppet. She's lying.
So it was Barack Obama who voted for that energy plan that gave those tax breaks to the oil companies that I then had to turn around, as a governor of an energy-producing state, and kind of undo in my own area of expertise, and that's energy.
Mistake 41 - This is a lie.
There is not. And how long have I been at this, like five weeks? So there hasn't been a whole lot that I've promised, except to do what is right for the American people, put government back on the side of the American people, stop the greed and corruption on Wall Street.
Mistake 42 - This is a biggie. You don't tell people you've only been "at this" five weeks.
Mistake 43 - She actually tells people that there hasn't been a whole lot she has promised. Ah the gift that keeps on giving.
And the rescue plan has got to include that massive oversight that Americans are expecting and deserving. And I don't believe that John McCain has made any promise that he would not be able to keep, either.
Mistake 44 - I think her batteries and wires got crossed up and two soundbites from two different neuron departments accidently merged.
Yes, I would have. But here, again, there have -- there have been so many changes in the conditions of our economy in just even these past weeks that there has been more and more revelation made aware now to Americans about the corruption and the greed on Wall Street.
Mistake 45 - Awkward wording.
We need to look back, even two years ago, and we need to be appreciative of John McCain's call for reform with Fannie Mae, with Freddie Mac, with the mortgage-lenders, too, who were starting to really kind of rear that head of abuse.
Mistake 46 - Note she says that "we need to look back." Oops considering what she says later on.
Mistake 47 - I think she got her cliche mixed up. "Rear that head of abuse" was not the sound bite she was programmed to say.
And the colleagues in the Senate weren't going to go there with him. So we have John McCain to thank for at least warning people. And we also have John McCain to thank for bringing in a bipartisan effort people to the table so that we can start putting politics aside, even putting a campaign aside, and just do what's right to fix this economic problem that we are in.
Mistake 48 - When Dave From Queens makes a list of several of these phrases in a diary prior to the debate and you use a whole bunch of them word for word on one paragraph, you are a robot.
It is a crisis. It's a toxic mess, really, on Main Street that's affecting Wall Street. And now we have to be ever vigilant and also making sure that credit markets don't seize up. That's where the Main Streeters like me, that's where we would really feel the effects.
Mistake 49 - Other way around. It's a mess on Wall Street affecting Main Street.
Mistake 50 - "Credit markets don't seize up?" She knows not what she speaks.
That is not so, but because that's just a quick answer, I want to talk about, again, my record on energy versus your ticket's energy ticket, also.
I think that this is important to come back to, with that energy policy plan again that was voted for in '05.
Mistake 51 - She blatantly changed the subject.
Mistake 52 - What's a "ticket's energy ticket?"
When we talk about energy, we have to consider the need to do all that we can to allow this nation to become energy independent.
It's a nonsensical position that we are in when we have domestic supplies of energy all over this great land. And East Coast politicians who don't allow energy-producing states like Alaska to produce these, to tap into them, and instead we're relying on foreign countries to produce for us.
Mistake 53 - I'm sure all the people of Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida were glad to hear they were being insulted by this snob.
Mistake 54 - If we have supplies of energy over this land, they are, by definition, domestic.
We're circulating about $700 billion a year into foreign countries, some who do not like America -- they certainly don't have our best interests at heart -- instead of those dollars circulating here, creating tens of thousands of jobs and allowing domestic supplies of energy to be tapped into and start flowing into these very, very hungry markets.
Energy independence is the key to this nation's future, to our economic future, and to our national security. So when we talk about energy plans, it's not just about who got a tax break and who didn't. And we're not giving oil companies tax breaks, but it's about a heck of a lot more than that.
Energy independence is the key to America's future.
No mistakes here. She actually sounded coherent.
Yes. Well, as the nation's only Arctic state and being the governor of that state, Alaska feels and sees impacts of climate change more so than any other state. And we know that it's real.
I'm not one to attribute every man -- activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for man's activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet.
Mistake 55 - She is ignorant on global warming.
But there are real changes going on in our climate. And I don't want to argue about the causes. What I want to argue about is, how are we going to get there to positively affect the impacts?
Mistake 56 - Of course you have to argue about the causes to understand the solution. Every kid in 7th grade Science knows this.
Mistake 57 - How do you "positively affect the impacts?"
We have got to clean up this planet. We have got to encourage other nations also to come along with us with the impacts of climate change, what we can do about that.
As governor, I was the first governor to form a climate change sub-cabinet to start dealing with the impacts. We've got to reduce emissions. John McCain is right there with an "all of the above" approach to deal with climate change impacts.
We've got to become energy independent for that reason. Also as we rely more and more on other countries that don't care as much about the climate as we do, we're allowing them to produce and to emit and even pollute more than America would ever stand for.
Mistake 58 - The robot started out okay but then the batteries malfunctioned and the sound bites were going haywire and getting mixed.
So even in dealing with climate change, it's all the more reason that we have an "all of the above" approach, tapping into alternative sources of energy and conserving fuel, conserving our petroleum products and our hydrocarbons so that we can clean up this planet and deal with climate change.
Mistake 59 - Oops. The robot got her sound bites about energy and global warming confused and started mixing up the two.
Yes, Sen. McCain does support this. The chant is "drill, baby, drill." And that's what we hear all across this country in our rallies because people are so hungry for those domestic sources of energy to be tapped into.
Mistake 60 - Yes that will help with swing voters. Start chanting slogans from Newt Gingrich. Moreover, sound childish when doing so.
They know that even in my own energy-producing state we have billions of barrels of oil and hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of clean, green natural gas. And we're building a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline which is North America's largest and most you expensive infrastructure project ever to flow those sources of energy into hungry markets.
Mistake 61 - This is minor but no media network picked up on this. Natural gas is measured in cubic feet but the other term is "trillion cubic feet. It took me 60 seconds of research to learn this but if she was an oil and gas expert, she should have known this.
Also, I think I recognize these talking points. Did I leak them prior to the debate?
Barack Obama and Sen. Biden, you've said no to everything in trying to find a domestic solution to the energy crisis that we're in. You even called drilling -- safe, environmentally-friendly drilling offshore as raping the outer continental shelf.
Mistake 62 - She's lying about Senators Obama and Biden.
Yes, Hannity said raping the outer continental shelf too. I even had it on my list of Thursday. How could I know what she was going to say?
There -- with new technology, with tiny footprints even on land, it is safe to drill and we need to do more of that. But also in that "all of the above" approach that Sen. McCain supports, the alternative fuels will be tapped into: the nuclear, the clean coal.
I was surprised to hear you mention that because you had said that there isn't anything -- such a thing as clean coal. And I think you said it in a rope line, too, at one of your rallies.
Mistake 63 - Biden exposed it by pointing out how she took him out of context.
Well, not if it goes closer and closer towards redefining the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman. And unfortunately that's sometimes where those steps lead.
But I also want to clarify, if there's any kind of suggestion at all from my answer that I would be anything but tolerant of adults in America choosing their partners, choosing relationships that they deem best for themselves, you know, I am tolerant and I have a very diverse family and group of friends and even within that group you would see some who may not agree with me on this issue, some very dear friends who don't agree with me on this issue.
But in that tolerance also, no one would ever propose, not in a McCain-Palin administration, to do anything to prohibit, say, visitations in a hospital or contracts being signed, negotiated between parties.
But I will tell Americans straight up that I don't support defining marriage as anything but between one man and one woman, and I think through nuances we can go round and round about what that actually means.
But I'm being as straight up with Americans as I can in my non- support for anything but a traditional definition of marriage.
There's no mistake here. She appeased her base without revealing her truer views which would have turned off moderates.
I am very thankful that we do have a good plan and the surge and the counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq that has proven to work, I am thankful that that is part of the plan implemented under a great American hero, Gen. Petraeus, and pushed hard by another great American, Sen. John McCain.
I know that the other ticket opposed this surge, in fact, even opposed funding for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Barack Obama voted against funding troops there after promising that he would not do so.
Mistake 64 - She's lying about the funding.
Mistake 65 - Too many sound bites. As predicted, she'd say "Petraeus."
And Sen. Biden, I respected you when you called him out on that. You said that his vote was political and you said it would cost lives. And Barack Obama at first said he would not do that. He turned around under political pressure and he voted against funding the troops. We do have a plan for withdrawal. We don't need early withdrawal out of Iraq. We cannot afford to lose there or we're going to be no better off in the war in Afghanistan either. We have got to win in Iraq.
And with the surge that has worked we're now down to pre-surge numbers in Iraq. That's where we can be. We can start putting more troops in Afghanistan as we also work with our NATO allies who are there strengthening us and we need to grow our military. We cannot afford to lose against al Qaeda and the Shia extremists who are still there, still fighting us, but we're getting closer and closer to victory. And it would be a travesty if we quit now in Iraq.
Mistake 66 - She doesn't understand the difference between Al Qaeda and Shia extremists.
Mistake 67 - She's incorrect about pre-surge levels.
Mistake 68 - "Grow our military?" Huh?
Mistake 69 - Duh! If our NATO allies are THERE, they are, by definition, working with us.
Your plan is a white flag of surrender in Iraq and that is not what our troops need to hear today, that's for sure. And it's not what our nation needs to be able to count on. You guys opposed the surge. The surge worked. Barack Obama still can't admit the surge works.
Mistake 70 - Anybody watching the robot realized that the line "your plan is a white flag of surrender" (Is there another color?) was clearly the zinger that she was programmed to zap Biden with. She bungled it by making this appear so obvious.
We'll know when we're finished in Iraq when the Iraqi government can govern its people and when the Iraqi security forces can secure its people. And our commanders on the ground will tell us when those conditions have been met. And Maliki and Talabani also in working with us are knowing again that we are getting closer and closer to that point, that victory that's within sight.
Mistake 71 - Oops - I think they've told us they want us out.
Mistake 72 - She keeps uttering "victory." Transparent.
Now, you said regarding Sen. McCain's military policies there, Sen. Biden, that you supported a lot of these things. In fact, you said in fact that you wanted to run, you'd be honored to run with him on the ticket. That's an indication I think of some of the support that you had at least until you became the VP pick here.
You also said that Barack Obama was not ready to be commander in chief. And I know again that you opposed the move he made to try to cut off funding for the troops and I respect you for that. I don't know how you can defend that position now but I know that you know especially with your son in the National Guard and I have great respect for your family also and the honor that you show our military. Barack Obama though, another story there. Anyone I think who can cut off funding for the troops after promising not to is another story.
Mistake 73 - The last two sentences were way over the top. Nasty, mean, snide, and dishonest.
Both are extremely dangerous, of course. And as for who coined that central war on terror being in Iraq, it was the Gen. Petraeus and al Qaeda, both leaders there and it's probably the only thing that they're ever going to agree on, but that it was a central war on terror is in Iraq. You don't have to believe me or John McCain on that. I would believe Petraeus and the leader of al Qaeda.
Mistake 74 - Al Qaeda and Petraeus are "both leaders?" Huh? Al Qaeda is a person?
Mistake 75 - She says she would believe the leader of Al Qaeda. She actually said that.
Mistake 76 - Iraq is NOT the central war on terror.
An armed, nuclear armed especially Iran is so extremely dangerous to consider. They cannot be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons period. Israel is in jeopardy of course when we're dealing with Ahmadinejad as a leader of Iran. Iran claiming that Israel as he termed it, a stinking corpse, a country that should be wiped off the face of the earth. Now a leader like Ahmadinejad who is not sane or stable when he says things like that is not one whom we can allow to acquire nuclear energy, nuclear weapons. Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il, the Castro brothers, others who are dangerous dictators are one that Barack Obama has said he would be willing to meet with without preconditions being met first.
Mistake 77 - Clearly she didn't know Pakistan was armed with nukes.
Mistake 78 - Ahmadinejad is not the leader of Iran.
Mistake 79 - Okay she ran out of things to say so she listed the names of the few world leaders she had memorized.
Mistake 80 - She's lying about what Obama said.
And an issue like that taken up by a presidential candidate goes beyond naivete and goes beyond poor judgment. A statement that he made like that is downright dangerous because leaders like Ahmadinejad who would seek to acquire nuclear weapons and wipe off the face of the earth an ally like we have in Israel should not be met with without preconditions and diplomatic efforts being undertaken first.
Mistake 81 - Again, Ahmadinejad is not the leader of Iran.
Also, did someone tell you she'd be using the word naive to describe Obama? I also said the word dangerous. Might that be next?
No and Dr. Henry Kissinger especially. I had a good conversation with him recently. And he shared with me his passion for diplomacy. And that's what John McCain and I would engage in also. But again, with some of these dictators who hate America and hate what we stand for, with our freedoms, our democracy, our tolerance, our respect for women's rights, those who would try to destroy what we stand for cannot be met with just sitting down on a presidential level as Barack Obama had said he would be willing to do. That is beyond bad judgment. That is dangerous.
Mistake 82 - She just doesn't know what the hell she is saying.
No, diplomacy is very important. First and foremost, that is what we would engage in. But diplomacy is hard work by serious people. It's lining out clear objectives and having your friends and your allies ready to back you up there and have sanctions lined up before any kind of presidential summit would take place.
Mistake 83 - She doesn't understand diplomacy. Most likely she couldn't spell it either without a cue card.
A two-state solution is the solution. And Secretary Rice, having recently met with leaders on one side or the other there, also, still in these waning days of the Bush administration, trying to forge that peace, and that needs to be done, and that will be top of an agenda item, also, under a McCain-Palin administration.
Israel is our strongest and best ally in the Middle East. We have got to assure them that we will never allow a second Holocaust, despite, again, warnings from Iran and any other country that would seek to destroy Israel, that that is what they would like to see.
We will support Israel. A two-state solution, building our embassy, also, in Jerusalem, those things that we look forward to being able to accomplish, with this peace-seeking nation, and they have a track record of being able to forge these peace agreements.
They succeeded with Jordan. They succeeded with Egypt. I'm sure that we're going to see more success there, also.
It's got to be a commitment of the United States of America, though. And I can promise you, in a McCain-Palin administration, that commitment is there to work with our friends in Israel.
Mistake 84 - Clearly she doesn't understand what was contained in those treaties with Jordan and Egypt or her remarks on Jerusalem might have been different.
Mistake 85 - The two state proposal in and of itself is not "the solution."
No, I do not believe that it has been. But I'm so encouraged to know that we both love Israel, and I think that is a good thing to get to agree on, Sen. Biden. I respect your position on that.
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.
Mistake 86 - Oops. clearly "blame game" and "backwards" were programmed into the robot.
There have been huge blunders in the war. There have been huge blunders throughout this administration, as there are with every administration.
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.
Mistake 87 - She's doing us a favor by undermining the entire Republican Party but from a debate standpoint, she really hurt her party with this remark.
Positive change is coming, though. Reform of government is coming. We'll learn from the past mistakes in this administration and other administrations.
Mistake 88 - Call it hypocrisy. You say don't look backwards and then say we'll learn from the past mistakes. Well you have to look backwards to do that.
And we're going to forge ahead with putting government back on the side of the people and making sure that our country comes first, putting obsessive partisanship aside.
That's what John McCain has been known for in all these years. He has been the maverick. He has ruffled feathers.
But I know, Sen. Biden, you have respected for them that, and I respect you for acknowledging that. But change is coming.
Mistake 89 - Again the sound bites all programmed and having gone haywire.
Nuclear weaponry, of course, would be the be all, end all of just too many people in too many parts of our planet, so those dangerous regimes, again, cannot be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, period.
Our nuclear weaponry here in the U.S. is used as a deterrent. And that's a safe, stable way to use nuclear weaponry.
Mistake 90 - Where's Forrest Gump? Does she know who has and who does not have nuclear weapons?
Mistake 91 - She doesn't understand that nuclear weaponry is not necessarily a deterrent.
But for those countries -- North Korea, also, under Kim Jong Il -- we have got to make sure that we're putting the economic sanctions on these countries and that we have friends and allies supporting us in this to make sure that leaders like Kim Jong Il and Ahmadinejad are not allowed to acquire, to proliferate, or to use those nuclear weapons. It is that important.
Mistake 92 - North Korea has nukes you moron.
Mistake 93 - The economic sanctions against North Korea got lifted.
Mistake 94 - Again, Ahmadinejad is not the leader of Iran.
Can we talk about Afghanistan real quick, also, though?
Mistake 95 - Childish. Sounds like a Valley Girl asking the teacher if she can talk about shopping or the night she saw Kim Kardashian as the teacher is going over critical information for the final exam to be taken tomorrow.
OK, I'd like to just really quickly mention there, too, that when you look back and you say that the Bush administration's policy on Afghanistan perhaps would be the same as McCain, and that's not accurate.
The surge principles, not the exact strategy, but the surge principles that have worked in Iraq need to be implemented in Afghanistan, also. And that, perhaps, would be a difference with the Bush administration.
She actually gave an answer. But then came this blowup.
Now, Barack Obama had said that all we're doing in Afghanistan is air-raiding villages and killing civilians. And such a reckless, reckless comment and untrue comment, again, hurts our cause.
That's not what we're doing there. We're fighting terrorists, and we're securing democracy, and we're building schools for children there so that there is opportunity in that country, also. There will be a big difference there, and we will win in -- in Afghanistan, also.
Mistake 96 - Again she was quoting Hannity with this vicious smear word for word.
Mistake 97 - From a debate standpoint, she has acknowledged that the GOP has been an abject failure in Afghanistan. (which is true but this wasn't her intent.)
Well, first, McClellan did not say definitively the surge principles would not work in Afghanistan. Certainly, accounting for different conditions in that different country and conditions are certainly different. We have NATO allies helping us for one and even the geographic differences are huge but the counterinsurgency principles could work in Afghanistan. McClellan didn't say anything opposite of that. The counterinsurgency strategy going into Afghanistan, clearing, holding, rebuilding, the civil society and the infrastructure can work in Afghanistan. And those leaders who are over there, who have also been advising George Bush on this have not said anything different but that.
Mistake 98 - She got the name of the general wrong.
Mistake 99 - Now she says these principles "could work." Story is changing.
Mistake 100 - She clearly knows nothing about Afghanistan as her attempt to cobble together vague sound bites demonstrates.
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 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 and just want to know, hey, if you voted for it, tell us why you voted for it and it was a war resolution.
Mistake 101 - From a debate standpoint, she's undermining McCain, Mr. 26 year Washington insider with 133 lobbyists on his campaign.
And you had supported John McCain's military strategies pretty adamantly until this race and you had opposed very adamantly Barack Obama's military strategy, including cutting off funding for the troops that attempt all through the primary.
And I watched those debates, so I remember what those were all about.
Mistake 102 - Again she's lying about cutting off funding for the troops especially after the lie was exposed earlier. I also don't believe her. I don't think she watched one debate with Joe Biden.
But as for as Darfur, we can agree on that also, the supported of the no-fly zone, making sure that all options are on the table there also.
America is in a position to help. What I've done in my position to help, as the governor of a state that's pretty rich in natural resources, we have a $40 billion investment fund, a savings fund called the Alaska Permanent Fund.
Mistake 103 - Oh my! Just oh my. How did she go from Darfur to the Alaska Permanent Fund?
When I and others in the legislature found out we had some millions of dollars in Sudan, we called for divestment through legislation of those dollars to make sure we weren't doing anything that would be seen as condoning the activities there in Darfur. That legislation hasn't passed yet but it needs to because all of us, as individuals, and as humanitarians and as elected officials should do all we can to end those atrocities in that region of the world.
Mistake 104 - Ah Governor Palin you were not in the legislature.
I beg to disagree with you, again, here on whether you supported Barack Obama or John McCain's strategies. Here again, you can say what you want to say a month out before people are asked to vote on this, but we listened to the debates.
Mistake 105 - The phrase is beg to differ.
I think tomorrow morning, the pundits are going to start do the who said what at what time and we'll have proof of some of this, but, again, John McCain who knows how to win a war. Who's been there and he's faced challenges and he knows what evil is and knows what it takes to overcome the challenges here with our military.
Yes I know most of the pundits want to help you and have a pro republican bias but here is my question. If John McCain knows how to win a war, why hasn't he shared this information with the Bush administratoin and the country for the last 6-7 years? Why would he withhold this information if he actually possesses it?
He knows to learn from the mistakes and blunders we have seen in the war in Iraq, especially. He will know how to implement the strategies, working with our commanders and listening to what they have to say, taking the politics out of these war issues. He'll know how to win a war.
The level of shallowness is frightening.
And heaven forbid, yes, that would ever happen, no matter how this ends up, that that would ever happen with either party.
As for disagreeing with John McCain and how our administration would work, what do you expect? A team of mavericks, of course we're not going to agree on 100 percent of everything. As we discuss ANWR there, at least we can agree to disagree on that one. I will keep pushing him on ANWR. I have so appreciated he has never asked me to check my opinions at the door and he wants a deliberative debate and healthy debate so we can make good policy.
The sound bites continue.
What I would do also, if that were to ever happen, though, is to continue the good work he is so committed to of putting government back on the side of the people and get rid of the greed and corruption on Wall Street and in Washington.
I think we need a little bit of reality from Wasilla Main Street there, brought to Washington, D.C.
So that people there can understand how the average working class family is viewing bureaucracy in the federal government and Congress and inaction of Congress.
Just everyday working class Americans saying, you know, government, just get out of my way. If you're going to do any harm and mandate more things on me and take more of my money and income tax and business taxes, you're going to have a choice in just a few weeks here on either supporting a ticket that wants to create jobs and bolster our economy and win the war or you're going to be supporting a ticket that wants to increase taxes, which ultimately kills jobs, and is going to hurt our economy.
Mistake 106 - I'll be nice and categorize this string of sound bites as 1 big mistake.
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. You mentioned education and I'm glad you did. I know education you are passionate about with your wife being a teacher for 30 years, and god bless her. Her reward is in heaven, right? I say, too, with education, America needs to be putting a lot more focus on that and our schools have got to be really ramped up in terms of the funding that they are deserving. Teachers needed to be paid more. I come from a house full of school teachers. My grandma was, my dad who is in the audience today, he's a schoolteacher, had been for many years. My brother, who I think is the best schoolteacher in the year, and here's a shout-out to all those third graders at Gladys Wood Elementary School, you get extra credit for watching the debate.
Mistake 107 - She overused the backwards line.
Mistake 108 - How can one be the best school teacher in the year?
No, no. Of course, we know what a vice president does. And that's not only to preside over the Senate and will take that position very seriously also. I'm thankful the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the vice president if that vice president so chose to exert it in working with the Senate and making sure that we are supportive of the president's policies and making sure too that our president understands what our strengths are. John McCain and I have had good conversations about where I would lead with his agenda. That is energy independence in America and reform of government over all, and then working with families of children with special needs. That's near and dear to my heart also. In those arenas, John McCain has already tapped me and said, that's where I want you, I want you to lead. I said, I can't wait to get and there go to work with you.
Mistake 109 - She doesn't know VP's role in the Senate.
Mistake 110 - She doesn't know what constitutional authority is given the VP.
Mistake 111 - Again the batteries got mixed up and the words "energy independence" came parroting out.
Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president's agenda in that position. Yeah, so I do agree with him that we have a lot of flexibility in there, and we'll do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the plans that are needed for this nation. And it is my executive experience that is partly to be attributed to my pick as V.P. with McCain, not only as a governor, but earlier on as a mayor, as an oil and gas regulator, as a business owner. It is those years of experience on an executive level that will be put to good use in the White House also.
Mistake 112 - She doesn't know 5th grade Social Studies and confirms this.
Mistake 113 - What "tapping into" that position is she referring?
Mistake 114 - Actually our Founding Fathers made the role of VP quite clear and succinct.
Mistake 115 - As an executive, you don't administer plans, you execute the laws of the nations which could possibly include your plans if they are law.
My experience as an executive will be put to good use as a mayor and business owner and oil and gas regulator and then as governor of a huge state, a huge energy producing state that is accounting for much progress towards getting our nation energy independence and that's extremely important.
But it wasn't just that experience tapped into, it was my connection to the heartland of America. Being a mom, one very concerned about a son in the war, about a special needs child, about kids heading off to college, how are we going to pay those tuition bills? About times and Todd and our marriage in our past where we didn't have health insurance and we know what other Americans are going through as they sit around the kitchen table and try to figure out how are they going to pay out-of-pocket for health care? We've been there also so that connection was important.
Mistake 116 - I don't think Track is in Iraq just yet.
Mistake 117 - Stop exploiting Trig. It is so transparent. You cut funding for special needs children as Governor.
But even more important is that world view that I share with John McCain. That world view that says that America is a nation of exceptionalism. And we are to be that shining city on a hill, as President Reagan so beautifully said, that we are a beacon of hope and that we are unapologetic here. We are not perfect as a nation. But together, we represent a perfect ideal. And that is democracy and tolerance and freedom and equal rights. Those things that we stand for that can be put to good use as a force for good in this world.
Mistake 118 - Actually Reagan wasn't the one who first said this.
Mistake 119 - Sound bites and fury truly signifying nothing.
John McCain and I share that. You combine all that with being a team with the only track record of making a really, a difference in where we've been and reforming, that's a good team, it's a good ticket.
How many reforms is that?
People aren't looking for more of the same. They are looking for change. And John McCain has been the consummate maverick in the Senate over all these years.
Mistake 120 - Again, TY for making the case against McCain.
He's taken shots left and right from the other party and from within his own party, because he's had to take on his own party when the time was right, when he recognized it was time to put partisanship aside and just do what was right for the American people.
That's what I've done as governor, also, take on my own party, when I had to, and work with both sides of the aisle, in my cabinet, appointing those who would serve regardless of party, Democrats, independents, Republicans, whatever it took to get the job done.
Mistake 121 - She's not telling the truth about taking on her own party. She's Tubes Stevens protege.
Also, John McCain's maverick position that he's in, that's really prompt up to and indicated by the supporters that he has. Look at Lieberman, and Giuliani, and Romney, and Lingle, and all of us who come from such a diverse background of -- of policy and of partisanship, all coming together at this time, recognizing he is the man that we need to leave -- lead in these next four years, because these are tumultuous times.
Mistake 122 - Jeopardy answer. Lieberman, Giuliani, Lingle, Romney. Palin's "question" - "Who are 4 people who come from such a diverse background of partisanship?"
We have got to win the wars. We have got to get our economy back on track. We have got to not allow the greed and corruption on Wall Street anymore.
And we have not got to allow the partisanship that has really been entrenched in Washington, D.C., no matter who's been in charge. When the Republicans were in charge, I didn't see a lot of progress there, either. When the Democrats, either, though, this last go- around for the last two years.
Change is coming. And John McCain is the leader of that reform.
There have been times where, as mayor and governor, we have passed budgets that I did not veto and that I think could be considered as something that I quasi-caved in, if you will, but knowing that it was the right thing to do in order to progress the agenda for that year and to work with the legislative body, that body that actually holds the purse strings.
Mistake 123 - Actually you had no veto power as Mayor.
So there were times when I wanted to zero-base budget, and to cut taxes even more, and I didn't have enough support in order to accomplish that.
But on the major principle things, no, there hasn't been something that I've had to compromise on, because we've always seemed to find a way to work together. Up there in Alaska, what we have done is, with bipartisan efforts, is work together and, again, not caring who gets the credit for what, as we accomplish things up there.
And that's been just a part of the operation that I wanted to participate in. And that's what we're going to do in Washington, D.C., also, bring in both sides together. John McCain is known for doing that, also, in order to get the work done for the American people.
Mistake 124 - Again, just a bunch of shallow sound bites signifying nothing.
You do what I did as governor, and you appoint people regardless of party affiliation, Democrats, independents, Republicans. You -- you walk the walk; you don't just talk the talk.
And even in my own family, it's a very diverse family. And we have folks of all political persuasion in there, also, so I've grown up just knowing that, you know, at the end of the day, as long as we're all working together for the greater good, it's going to be OK.
But the policies and the proposals have got to speak for themselves, also. And, again, voters on November 4th are going to have that choice to either support a ticket that supports policies that create jobs.
You do that by lowering taxes on American workers and on our businesses. And you build up infrastructure, and you rein in government spending, and you make our -- our nation energy independent.
Or you support a ticket that supports policies that will kill jobs by increasing taxes. And that's what the track record shows, is a desire to increase taxes, increase spending, a trillion-dollar spending proposal that's on the table. That's going to hurt our country, and saying no to energy independence. Clear choices on November 4th.
Mistake 125 - does she not realize that in order to build up infrastructure that you have to have taxes to pay for it?
Well, again, Gwen, I do want to thank you and the commission. This is such an honor for me.
And I appreciate, too, Sen. Biden, getting to meet you, finally, also, and getting to debate with you. And I would like more opportunity for this.
I like being able to answer these tough questions without the filter, even, of the mainstream media kind of telling viewers what they've just heard. I'd rather be able to just speak to the American people like we just did.
Mistake 126 - She kind of contradicted herself by saying she wouldn't answer the questions earlier.
And it's so important that the American people know of the choices that they have on November 4th.
I want to assure you that John McCain and I, we're going to fight for America. We're going to fight for the middle-class, average, everyday American family like mine.
I've been there. I know what the hurts are. I know what the challenges are. And, thank God, I know what the joys are, too, of living in America. We are so blessed. And I've always been proud to be an American. And so has John McCain.
Standard BS but no mistakes.
We have to fight for our freedoms, also, economic and our national security freedoms.
It was Ronald Reagan who said that freedom is always just one generation away from extinction. We don't pass it to our children in the bloodstream; we have to fight for it and protect it, and then hand it to them so that they shall do the same, or we're going to find ourselves spending our sunset years telling our children and our children's children about a time in America, back in the day, when men and women were free.
We will fight for it, and there is only one man in this race who has really ever fought for you, and that's Sen. John McCain.
And the nightmare ends. Admiral Stockdale, you are no longer the worst VP debater ever. But by all accounts you were actually a great American unlike the puppeteer who tutored Palin's performance.
WORD SCORECOUNT (I may have missed one)
Reform - 13 Times
Surge - 13 times
Partisan (any form) - 9 times
energy independent(ce) - 8 times
Greed and corruption on Wall Street - 5 times
Maverick - 5 times
Petraeus - 3 times.
Polly Want A Cracker - 0 times.