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Palin, Biden Debate, Avoid Pitfalls

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St. Louis, MO (KWWL) -- Vice Presidential candidates Sarah Palin and Joe Biden each kept their noses clean while taking shots at the other's campaign.

The story of the night was Palin holding her own against Biden in what appeared to be a mismatch. Palin has been seen as uninformed in recent national interviews, while Biden is an experienced member of the senate and one of the most respected on foreign affairs.

Joe Biden also avoided any pitfalls in the debate. Many pundits worried about his past perpencity for making off-color comments that come back to haunt him. There was also concerns Biden could come across as a bully. But Biden did not make any major slip-ups while attacking the McCain-Palin platform.

Perhaps the biggest issue of the debate was the economic crisis facing the nation. Palin says John McCain would "put partisanship aside" to help solve the nation's economic crisis. Biden countered that Wall Street has run wild during eight years of Republican rule in the White House.

They also sparred on energy and environmental issues.

"John McCain has voted 20 times against finding alternative energy sources and says drill drill drill," Sen. Biden argued.

"The chant is "drill, baby, drill'' because people are so hungry for our domestic sources to be tapped into," Gov. Palin responded.

The two also sparred on Iraq and which strategy will work in ending the war. Palin and Biden even challenged on who supported the war and when.

The debate is being held at Washington University in St. Louis. The event is the only vice presidential debate of the campaign.

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