Vice Presidential Debate Screening
There was much interest in the only vice presidential debate between Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin on 3 October 2008. The audience at the Manning Bar joined an estimated viewing audience of 70 million in the United States as the hockey mum and Washington insider debated.
Nick Bryant, the BBC Correspondent in Sydney, joined the US Election Watch 08 pundits' panel for the vice presidential debate screening. Nick was joined by Harry Melkonian, a lecturer in the US Studies postgraduate program, and Lesley Russell, a fellow in the Menzies Centre for Health Policy. The panel addressed questions on everything from the Palin phenomenon and the role of the vice presidency in the US to the latest trends in the polls and the overall effect of Biden and Palin on the outcome.
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