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Biden-Palin debate scores huge ratings

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Who's running for president, anyway?

Far more people watched Thursday's vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin on television than watched the first presidential debate.

Nielsen Media Research says preliminary ratings in the nation's 55 biggest markets were up 42 percent from the same measurement of John McCain and Barack Obama's first encounter last Friday.

Nielsen's specific estimate of how many people watched Thursday night will be out later, but indications are it will be one of the most-watched political debates ever.

Curiosity over Palin's performance undoubtedly played a role, but don't discount timing: More people generally watch television on Thursdays than Fridays.

In fact, the early figures for last night's airing surpass any presidential debate since 1992's second bout between Bill Clinton, Ross Perot and George Bush.

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it would be dangerous for the GOP to reschedule another VP debate... the more unscripted air time Palin gets, the more time people will have to listen and eventually realize that she couldn't answer a question about any of the major issues if her life depended on it... the prospect of her becoming the Commander in Chief is scary

Governor Palin did very well for herself.

Joe Biden merely did well for Obama.

But I have not yet heard anyone from any side express any concern about the most dangerous possibility if Governor Palin is elected to national office.

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