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Palin Biden debate draws 69.9 million viewers beats McCain Obama debate by 17.5 million

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The Sarah Palin Joe Biden vice presidential debates drew a massive 69.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen, beating the Barack Obama John McCain debate by 17.5 million.

Nielsen press release.....

Nielsen just released the ratings for the Biden/Palin debate (see press release below). Some interesting observations:

69.9 million people watched the debate, tying it for second place among all Presidential and Vice Presidential debates. (The second Bush/Clinton/Perot debate of 1992 also have 69.9 million. The all-time debate leader is the Carter/Reagan debate of 1980.)

This is 17.5 million viewers more than the McCain/Obama debate last Friday.

More women (35.7 million) watched the debate than men (30.4 million)

Compared to the McCain/Obama debate, viewing was up among all ethnic groups, including African American, Hispanic and White.

Although scheduling the debate on a Thursday was obviously a factor in attracting more viewers than the presidential debate last Friday, public curiosity about Sarah Palin clearly drove these higher ratings.

For historical information on previous debates and additional political information from the current campaign, please visit the Nielsen Newswire at: http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/category/politics/

70 Million Watch the 2008 Vice Presidential Debate

Senator Biden and Governor Palin -October 2, 2008

New York -- The sole debate between Vice Presidential candidates Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska and Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware was telecast on Thursday October 2, 2008 from approximately 9:00 to 10:30 PM and was carried live on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Telefutura, Telemundo, BBC-America, CNBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, and MSNBC. The sum of debate audience on these 11 networks was 69,989,000.

For comparison the audience for Vice Presidential debates from 2004 between VP Dick Cheney and Sen. John Edwards and from 1984 between then-VP George H.W. Bush and Rep. Geraldine Ferraro are shown below.

2008 Vice Presidential Debate

Sum of Networks Live + Same Day

October 2, 2008

Rating

Number

All Households

41.7

47,795.000

Persons 2+

24.0

69,989,000

Males 18+

28.1

30,409,000

Females 18+

30.7

35,706,000

African American P2+ *

21.8

8,067,000

Hispanic P2+ *

10.2

4,394,000

White P2+ *

26.7

56,779,000

2004 VP Debate - October 5, 2004

Households

28.1

30,900,000

Persons 2+

15.7

43,600,000

1984 VP Debate -October 11, 1984

Households

43.6

37,000,000

Persons 2+

25.5

56,700,000

Source: The Nielsen Company

* Persons ratings for African American, Hispanic are % of African American/ Hispanic persons age 2+ in TV homes watching the debate coverage.

2008 Networks Included:

ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Telefutura, Telemundo, BBC-America, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC

2004 Networks Included:

ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC

1984 Networks Included:

ABC, CBS, NBC

24 Comments

Well of course! Sarah Palin is more qualified than Barack Insane Obama and his Obamatard followers know it.

A woman in the White House, and put there by the GOP!

They are the ones who REALLY care about women!

Why is everyone raving that Sarah Palin did so well when she didn't answer the questions and the bar was set so low? I suppose if I expect my kids to fail in school and they make "Fs" and they make "Ds" I should get excited.

ADELLE, YOUR ARE A ROBOT WHO DOES NOT GET IT. PALIN LOOKED YOU IN THE EYE AND TOLD YOU THE TRUTH. BIDEN LOOKED AT THE MODERATOR AND TOLD LIE AFTER LIE. I WOULD RATHER MY SONS BE HONEST AND GET D's that get A's and tell lies. You probably even believe what AL GORE TOLD YOU. WAKE UP, HE WOULD BE PRESIDENT IF HE HAD WON HIS HOME STATE. YOUR BAR IS THE ONE SET LOW AND YOU ARE THE PROBLEM IN AMERICA. YOU CANNOT THINK FOR YOURSELF. YOU NEED OPRA AND HER LIBERAL CRONIES TO TELL YOU WHAT YOU SHOULD BELIEVE. GOING ON YOUR THEORY BIDEN BEAT PALIN EVEN THOUGH HE GOT AWAY WITH TELLING 14 LIES AND SHE WAS A D' STUDENT DESPITE HIS LIES.

Wow, um. It's call caps lock and you're abusing it.You can't even spell Oprah. Sarah barely answered any questions. She went off topic repeatedly just to make sure that she get away with a one word answer and NOT explain her position.

Kevin, Palin stuck to a limited script and dodged every other question by reverting back to energy several times. She blatantly sidestepped revealing her gay civil rights stance by rewording the final question. As far as regarding liberals as not willing to think for themselves, I could go on and on about my personal beliefs about republicans but it doesnt make for effective debate, It's merely name calling so stick to facts. Finally, theres no need to write in CAPS, and Palin did do very well considering she is an idiot, have you seen her interviews with Katy Couric?? She is uneducated, uninformed, power hungry, and dangerously judgemental. She has a dictator like thought process that ultimately will not serve conservatives or liberals. Oh- could you please list the 14 lies you mentioned?

I didn't hear any truth from Palin, only dodging of answers, and vaguities to avoid showing she is illinformed, inexperienced, and not thoughtful.

Biden was open, direct, and honest in his answers, as well as being well informed.

Actually, one of the many problems with America is the fact that many of the bipeds here who look enough like humans to be allowed to vote would apparently rather be ruled by someone who has enough acting talent to temporarily morph into a stylized facsimile of someone who is telling the truth than by someone who's such a fearful brainiac that he didn't struggle to pass third grade civics. If only you could get what you deserve without my having to live with it too...

(Translation for people who don't trust intee-lekshuls who use three-syllable words: Palin looks like she's telling the truth because you're stupid enough to think Tom Cruise, for example, is the gold standard for actors. But even a good actor, if stupid, shouldn't be running a country and affecting [oops, sorry, three syllables again] the fates of millions. Why is it that Americans will do whatever random rich people tell them to do like meek, uncomplaining oxen, but when someone who can add five and seven without removing their shoes tries to tell them anything, their screeching insecurity complexes explode? If you'd rather be ruled by an idiot than by somebody who doesn't give a shit about being photogenic, go to Texas and secede, PLEASE.)

As far as the bar being set low, I think the media purposely lowered those expectations because they want to make Sarah look stupid. It fits with their elect B. Hussein Socialist Obama goal. Too bad for them she did brilliantly during the debate. Now what will they distort?

There are two universal ways of fixing any economy:
1. Reducing taxes for businesses and corporations. This prevents outflow of investments to foreign markets with lower taxes and increases employment rates nationally.
2. Reduce spending. This fixes the budget deficit.

Obama is not offering any of the two ways. Middle class may get their tax breaks, but they will lose their jobs resulting in the loss of both income and health care.

To Kevin,

You'd rather have your son get Ds and not tell lies? I am not quite sure that you're honest about that.

Kevin, you are unhinged. Sarah Palin is false beyond words. She is ignorant, incurious, anti-intellectual and narrow minded. It is frightening that someone who is so clearly deluded has managed to gain supporters as she has. When you look at her words from speeches and interviews and then check them against the facts it is Palin who is the liar. How can people fall for her folksy fake charm. "gosh, golly, you betcha." It looks like the public will again vote in another administration whose sole selling point is making people think they are just like them. 2 terms of good old boy George Bush (blue blood, yale, oil tycoon) who you could have a beer with. Now good old palin! Shrill, reactionary, and ill-informed. McCain dies in office and the world is then led by a person with a medieval world view!! She has far more in common with Amadinijad than she does with Obama.

NH, Palin, ironically, has a misogynistic bent to her policies. If you think she would be good for women you are desperately wrong.

She will be good only for people who subscribe to her limited way of life.

If you vote for Obama expect a new American Apartheid... Whites will be marginalized to the fringes of society and African-Americans will lord their new found status over you. McCain is the only good choice this time...he is better than the far lesser evil of Obama. If Obama gets elected in the coming weeks.....be afraid, be very afraid.

If you vote for Obama expect a new American Apartheid... Whites will be marginalized to the fringes of society and African-Americans will lord their new found status over you. McCain is the only good choice this time...he is better than the far lesser evil of Obama. If Obama gets elected in the coming weeks.....be afraid, be very afraid.

If you vote for Obama expect a new American Apartheid... Whites will be marginalized to the fringes of society and African-Americans will lord their new found status over you. McCain is the only good choice this time...he is better than the far lesser evil of Obama. If Obama gets elected in the coming weeks.....be afraid, be very afraid.

Kevin, you are unhinged. Sarah Palin is false beyond words. She is ignorant, incurious, anti-intellectual and narrow minded. It is frightening that someone who is so clearly deluded has managed to gain supporters as she has. When you look at her words from speeches and interviews and then check them against the facts it is Palin who is the liar. How can people fall for her folksy fake charm. "gosh, golly, you betcha." It looks like the public will again vote in another administration whose sole selling point is making people think they are just like them. 2 terms of good old boy George Bush (blue blood, yale, oil tycoon) who you could have a beer with. Now good old palin! Shrill, reactionary, and ill-informed. McCain dies in office and the world is then led by a person with a medieval world view!! She has far more in common with Amadinijad than she does with Obama.

NH, Palin, ironically, has a misogynistic bent to her policies. If you think she would be good for women you are desperately wrong.

She will be good only for people who subscribe to her limited way of life.

Kevin i will bet you are one nasty stupid person. I AM SHOUTING AND USING UPPER CASE !!!!! AHHHH. I HATE ANYONE WHO IS NOT LIKE ME! I A FEARFUL AND THICK AND IGNORANT, PROBABLY A CLOSET HOMOSEXUAL TOO WHICH IS WHY I HATE THEM, I AM KEVIN, HEAR ME ROAR. I DONT LIKE THINGS I DONT UNDERSTAND, WHICH IS MOST THINGS.

What is interesting is that before i had written my comment, the only people to write insults were the two Palin supporters. Fucking idiots. Pointless fucking idiots. Kill yourselves you stupid hateful fucking cunts.
LOL i am smiling at the thought of your dull empty lives. Lives you fool yourselves into thinking are worth while, as you delude yours selves that their is a god. Obamatard? ask yourself this.... Do you believe in a god?
i bet you do. Now........ really really really ask yourself. Do you really believe in on? .............. deluded, dark ages peasants.

CBS pulled only 2,000 more viewers than Fox News. How embarassing for Couric & Co.

Guys,Palin understands how government should collect and spend tax payers money. Please read the book "The case against Barack Obama". This book is filled with evidence of what is going to happen to your tax dollars under Barack.

Good luck guys,

Hey Governor Sarah Palin ,she is worthy a vice President of America now , specially a President in future for all American womens in this generation-
Senator Biden is a man, who have discrimination with our Vietnamese community in the United States of America .For in past he denied everything for republic of South VietNam ,although any dolar for Vietnamese in immagration plan in USA .He in no good man.
With President Candidate Obama ,he is no worthy a President of USA in next November voting.I remember on the Anniversary day of last 9.11.08 .He come same time with Senator MacCain and MacCain spouse at New york-When getting a Flower for having in the memory the deaths at twin Sky-Building,Senator Obama right stand drop flower on the earth . But Gov MacCain & his spouse respecttly bent their head in prayer and laying flower in their hand to...And MacCain a Senator suport our HO immigration plan -Their situation and manner of a faith-good men ...He will be also a President of USA . Cao Tri Dung -IN/ USA

Neither Palin, Biden Obama nor McCain offer any real choice.

None of them is truly committed to reducing corporate corruption, global warming or the war in Iraq (indeed Obama seems to want to ramp up the war in Afghanistan and perhaps start one in Pakistan too).

Worrisome also is their desires to push nuclear energy.

Only Ralph Nader presents an alternative choice for a true change and yet he is exluded from the debates.

We are reduced to "I have a braclet and I have a braclet too" as the substance of the debate as all the candidates try to sound as much like each other as possible!

For a different perspective for real change visit
votenader.org

GoMcCainPalin, Palin doesn't need any help looking or sounding dumb. She's done quite well without any help..

Neither the republicrats nor the demicans are a good choice this time. Vote third party! It is the establishment trying to decieve you into believing you have to choose the lesser of two evils.

THAT'S TELLING HER KEVIN, AMEN TO EVERY THING YOU WROTE! TOO BAD THESE LIBERALS ARE SO BLIND. IT'S LIKE ANN COULTER SAYS, "IF DEMOCRATS HAD BRAINS, THEY'D BE REPUBLICANS! JIM

Palin smiles when she attacks. Her smiling face is the heart of deception; it belies her narrow-mindedness and love for power. She has little enough experience that she can gloss over her ignorance and coddle the American people with praise and encouragement, while having no real clue about the depth of the issues facing us, much less how to run a government.

Biden has the respect of both parties and is a genuine human being. The blood in his veins runs warm.

It would be a disservice to feminism to have a woman such as Sarah Palin occupy the second highest political office in the country. Sarah Palin's highest merits than an attractive figure, an endearing smile, an engaging charisma and a bionic soul.

NH. Oh please. Get over yourself and your utter ignorance. Palin is a clueless shame to all woman.... no no all of human kind.
All she did was dodge questions and answer only what was rehearsed.

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