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September 30, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Vice-presidential debate

Take Palin seriously

You’ve got to be kidding me. “VP debate: Substance, style at center stage” [Politics&Government, Sept. 29] states that Sen. Joseph Biden has years of foreign-policy experience but “if he says everything he knows and is tough, he runs the risk of being a bully.”

Are we talking about a debate against Gov. Sarah Palin whom Sen. John McCain has called strong, experienced, knowledgeable and ready to take on the federal government in Washington, D.C.?

Palin doesn’t sound like someone who needs to be handled with kid gloves. I hope she is fully tested in Thursday’s vice-presidential debate so the audience can learn whether she is fully qualified to be president, as McCain and Palin have claimed.

— Jan Schwert, Seattle

Give the candidates a chance

Your recent article about the upcoming VP debates this Thursday brought up some important points.

But as voters we have a responsibility to not view these debates as unimportant.

It’s unfortunate that this debate has already been dubbed as being “dumbed down.” Sarah Palin shouldn’t be given high marks and a win for just showing up and Joseph Biden shouldn’t be dinged for talking too much.

What’s important is not how well these two deliver the prepared sound bites to given questions but rather what would they do in a situation of crisis.

What’s important is how these two would react and set a course to solve a problem.

— Robert Oberlander, Issaquah

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