CuriousJockAZ saidTrue...I have a feeling it's going to get nasty in the debates. They are going to really be crucial this year
It's going to get nasty for Palin, who is about as qualified to debate Biden as is a stump.
It's going to get nasty for McCain, who has to distance himself as much as possible from the failures of Bush while still trying to divide the country on conservative issues.
It's going to get nasty for McCain if they ask him to defend the lies he has been espousing in his ads.
The sad thing is that despite their incompetence, the Bushies have hijacked the McCain campaign to a large extent. His only hope is to openly repudiate them, their policies, and their tactics. Is he has any honor left, he'll use the debate to do it.
It would be nice to see a true maverick, a true conservative, instead of the lame excuse McCain is becoming. Even the Republicans saw it in the primaries-- it's sad to watch them pretending otherwise now that he's the nominee.
I think it would be a big mistake to underestimate Governor Palin's potential in the debate. Let's not forget that, for many, she comes across as down-to-earth and thus extremely likeable, to where Biden can often-times be pompous, condescending, and arrogant. The only thing more important in the debates than WHAT THEY SAY will be HOW THEY SAY IT.
Don't kid yourself, there are plenty of areas where it could get nasty for Obama during the debates as well. He's not nearly as polished when he doesn't have the teleprompter there to help him, and his voting record and past associations could come back to bite him when/if a light is shined upon them. He will also have to justify his tax increases to the rich (i.e. small businesses and corporations) at a time when small businesses and corporations are hurting. This could trip him up, as could his plan to have the government take over health insurance -- something many Americans are not in favor of.
I think what really irks me the most in these forums is when people come here and post something like "She's an idiot", or "He's a moron"...blah-blah-blah which, in my opinion, sounds juvenile as if "THAT is the best you can do?". Say what you want about any of these candidates on either side, but the fact of the matter is that they are all where they are right now because they are bright, hard-working, honorable people in one way or another. They didn't get to this point by being idiots, or stupid, or lacking in talent. So, I say, watch the debates with an "OPEN MIND", as I certainly will, and give each candidate the respect they deserve to have their moment and be heard.