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Closing thoughts: This was an energetic debate – more interesting than the first Obama-McCain debate. Both Sarah Palin and Joe Biden spoke in terms that connect with everyday Americans. Both used stories to connect with viewers.

Palin did what she needed to do. She held her own and didn’t embarrass herself too much, although I believe she did mess up on the name of the NATO commander in Afghanistan. She called him McClellan when I believe his name is McKiernan.

Biden did what he needed to do. He came across as well-informed as well as gracious. He didn’t brow-beat or embarrass Palin.

I doubt this will change many minds. But overall, I would give this one to Biden in terms of content. In terms of being personal and personable, I call it a tie.

What did you think?

– Paul Gullixson