For Many, Veep Debate Will Be Must-See TV

Sep 26, 2008  •  Post A Comment

“Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy; I knew Jack Kennedy; Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.” So said the late Democratic Texas senator Lloyd Bentsen to his Republican opponent, Sen. Dan Quayle of Indiana, during the 1988 vice presidential debate. In this historic election, many are expecting more memorable exchanges in the upcoming VP debate between Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Joe Biden on Oct. 2, Daily Variety reports. “I love the vice presidential debate; it’s always the one I look forward to the most,” says Alan Schroeder, author of “Presidential Debates: 40 Years of High-Risk TV” and a journalism professor at Boston’s Northeastern University. “The stakes are lower, so the candidates usually attack harder. It’s much better political theater.”
—Christopher Perez

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