VP Candidates Arrive for Big Debate

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The political spotlight will shift Thursday night to the vice presidential candidates, as Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin take the stage for their first and only debate.

The debate commission said more than 3,000 media credentials have been issued. That's the most ever needed in the seven vice presidential debates they've hosted.

Click play to get analysis from Quin Hillyer with the Washington Examiner, following CBN News Political Reporter David Brody's report.

*REMINDER:  Watch the only debate between the two vice presidential candidates streamed live tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on CBNNews.com

The big draw is related mostly to the curiosity in political newcomer Palin. The question on everyone's minds is whether Palin will be able to take on Biden's 35 years of Senate experience.

But those who remember her performance in the gubernatorial debates in Alaska say you can't count Palin out.

"Sarah stayed above the fray," Christopher Clark, the moderator for one forum hosted during Alaska's gubernatorial primary, told The Wall Street Journal.

Clark recalled that incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski treated former state legislator John Binkley as the more important opponent.

"Binkley and Murkowski went after each other, almost ignoring her, bickering back and forth," Clark said about the forum debate.

As the two men bickered, Palin interrupted, saying, 'Don't Alaskans deserve a better discourse than that?'

"It became the defining moment of the campaign," Clark said.

Meanwhile, Biden has his own challenges. He has sought counsel from Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barbara Boxer on how to debate a woman, according to The Associated Press.

But Biden spokesman David Wade expressed confidence in the Senator's ability to handle the complications of debating a woman.

"Joe Biden debated Sen. Clinton 12 times in the presidential race and those debates were substantive and hard hitting, and he debates strong women in the United States Senate," Wade said.

Sources: CBN News, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal

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