Tonight, Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin will debate for the first and only time this election. Over 52 million people watched last week’s Presidential debate and even more are said to tune in tonight. This debate is of utmost importance, as early voting has already begun in eight states, including the vital swing state of Ohio. Tonight, newcomer Sarah Palin will have to prove she has the experience and knowledge needed to be VP, while Joe Biden needs to talk up his 40 years of expertise.
Gwen Ifill of PBS will moderate tonight’s debate, which will take place at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The format will be slightly different than the Presidential debate, as the V.P. candidates will only have 90 seconds to answer questions, followed by a two-minute discussion led by Ifill. The short time frame is said to help both Biden and Palin, as both can ramble off-topic when they have the time.
The economy will definitely be a key issue tonight. Palin has termed herself “Joe Six-Pack American” and will surely try to appeal to the average citizens. Biden may have the upper hand though, as he can promote his and Barack Obama’s ability to bring change.
You can catch the debate tonight, October 2, at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific. It will be 90 minutes long and aired on numerous channels (check your local listings). You can also watch it on myspace.com/debates.