Government Professors Douglas Foyle and Melanye Price comment in the Hartford Courant on the performances of Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin in last night’s VP debates:
Wesleyan’s Douglas Foyle said Biden “gave an excellent statement on the Wall Street bailout plan … showing off his experience. He was able to effectively weave in Obama’s clear criteria for the bailout, criticism of the Bush administration and a strong indication of his knowledge on the subject.”
…“Joe Biden knows foreign policy much better than Palin, and you could tell that in the debate,” Wesleyan’s Melanye Price said.
…“Palin was very effective” on the economy, Douglas Foyle said, by “hitting themes of the McCain message: greed and corruption on Wall Street, reform and their positions as mavericks.”
…But her answer on nuclear weapons and intervention “started to become confused and began to take her down the path of her previous stumbles in recent interviews,” Wesleyan’s Douglas Foyle said.
…There’s no ‘Saturday Night Live’ gold here,” said Wesleyan University’s Douglas Foyle. “Palin performed well above expectations. Her performance should quiet concerns about her credibility among voters leaning toward the Republicans.”
…“Palin won in terms of style,” Wesleyan’s Melanye Price said. “She has a real ability to deliver points that sound positive, and she does it with a smile.”
Read the full commentary here:
Hartford Courant: Judging the Delivery