Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden praised Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Thursday for delivering an “amazing speech” Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.
Biden told CNN that Palin, who accepted the nomination to be the running mate of Arizona Sen. John McCain, will be a tough opponent to go up against in the upcoming debates.
“She’s going to be a skillful debater,” Biden conceded. “[She] had a very skillfully written and very skillfully delivered political speech, and I was impressed with her,” he said.
Although it was clear to all that Palin electrified the crowd during her convention speech, Biden said it was short on specifics on how to fix the country's economic woes.
“It was incredibly well crafted, but I didn’t hear a single world about health care, about how to deal with the retirement community, about Afghanistan or Pakistan,” Biden said.
“What I’m going to do [during the debates] is point out how they don’t have a single answer on how to dig the country out from the hole we’re in.”
Biden, running on the Democratic ticket with presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, said Palin failed to mention "the middle class or health care or about how people are going to fill up their gas tanks.” He pointed out that Palin didn’t utter "a single word or phrase about how to deal with the retirement security for people and social security" during the speech.
"I didn't hear a single word about how [they're] going to get our kids to college; so I was impressed with the speech, but impressed with what I didn't hear spoken," Biden said.
Speaking later on Fox News, Biden chose not to address Palin’s lack of experience and media reports that criticize her for her 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy.
"It’s not my style,” he said, reiterating Obama’s call to leave everybody’s family participating in the presidential campaign off limits.
“You look at that family she brought out last night. It was a beautiful family. She’s handled it exemplary.”
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