Monday, October 6, 2008 This week, it's all about the VP candidates

by Cristina Mutchler

Rate the Debate
The big question after presidential and vice presidential debates is always, "who won?" In this case, it depends who you ask and what polls you're reading. A CBS poll of voters who watched the VP debate last week shows that uncommitted voters say Joe Biden won. But it's not all bad news for Sarah Palin. These same participants did say, however, that Republican vice presidential nominee Sara Palin's performance improved their perceptions of her. One of the hot topics last Thursday was gay rights. If you missed it, you can watch both Biden and Palin's answers to this question here.

Questionable Donors
The Obama campaign gained almost $8000 in donations that appear to have been given under fake names There are no known records of Dahsudhu Hdusahfd of Df, Hawaii who is supposedly employed by CZXVC/ZXVZXV and Uadhshgu Hduad, listed as living in Dhff, Florida with the employer DASADA/SAFASF. The Obama campaign is actually in the process of taking precautions and returning these donated funds. The presidential candidate made headlines in the same topic over the summer when he declined public funds due to his record-breaking fundraising campaign.

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Over the weekend, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin accused Senator Barack Obama of associating with terrorists. She says, “Our opponent is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who target their own country.” Specifically what is Palin referring to? Apparently Obama is associated with Bill Ayers, a 1960s anti-war radical who entered the Chicago scene as an activist. The two met in 1995, but Ayers actually committed domestic acts of terrorism forty years ago, when Obama was just eight years old. Curious about Obama's response to the criticism? See it for yourself (as well as more details on Ayers' interesting life) on the site.

Presidential Questions
This week, in Presidential Questions, CBS News anchor Katie Couric got down to business with VP candidates Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, asking them what previous vice president impresses them the most and why? Palin first answered VP candidate Geraldine Ferraro, because she's the one who "first shattered part of that glass ceiling anyway in American politics." When Katie Couric prompted her to answer with an actual vice president, Palin responded that George Bush, Sr. would be the one that most impressed her. Joe Biden's response? Lyndon Johnson, because he "really knew how the system worked." So can we expect Biden and Palin to follow in the footsteps of their fave VP? Only time will tell...

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