Opinion: John McCain, Barack Obama offer their VP debate reviews

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The first flush of polls gauging reaction to Thursday’s Sarah Palin/Joe Biden debate gave the nod to the latter (check out how all-important independents broke in this survey spotlighted by our colleague Frank James at the Swamp).

John McCain, no doubt, is scoffing at such findings -- there was no doubt in his mind what happened in the faceoff.


“How about Sarah Palin last night?” he enthused to thousands of supporters packed into an arena today on a college campus in Pueblo, Colo.

His crowd roared their approval and pounded their feet on the metal bleachers, The Times’ Seema Mehta reports.

McCain, who goes way back in Washington with Palin’s rival, added with a chuckle, ‘I almost felt a little sorry last night for my old friend Joe Biden.’

He continued: ‘She did a magnificent job. She’s the news for the big-spending, smooth-talking, me-first, country-second crowd in Washington and Wall Street. We’ve got a message, we’ve got a message, Sarah Palin and I: Change is coming. … They’re not going to like it, my friends.”

Barack Obama, as expected, gave kudos to Biden as he campaigned today in Abington, Pa. And he made sure to highlight his running mate’s links to the state, The Times’ Maeve Reston relates.

“Didn’t Joe Biden, a fellow some people call the third senator from Pennsylvania … didn’t he do a great job?” Obama said, as his crowd cheered. “Scranton boy. Done good. I was so proud of Joe. America, I think, saw clearly why I felt he’d be such a great vice president, especially during these difficult, challenging times.”

-- Don Frederick

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