(COLUMBUS, OHIO) - Though candidates typically try to lower expectations in advance of debates, Sarah Palin indicated that she would deliver a stronger than expected performance at Thursday's showdown with Joe Biden.
"I've never met him before, but I've been hearing about his senate speeches since I was in like 2nd grade," Palin said at a rally here with John McCain.
"I have to admit though, he is a great debater and looks pretty doggone confident like he's sure he's gonna win, but then again, this is the same Senator Biden who said the other day that the University of Delaware would trounce the Ohio State Buckeyes. Wrong!"
Palin was referring to a comment Biden made almost two weeks ago, in which the Delaware senator notified members of the University of Delaware football team that he "told the folks in Ohio that we'd kick Ohio State's ass!"
With her daughter Willow standing beside her on stage, Palin praised McCain's performance in Friday night's debate against Barack Obama and accused the Democrat of using the financial crisis for personal political gain.
"He was the only man on that stage who talked about the wars that America is fighting and wasn't afraid to use the word victory," she said.
"He was the only man on that stage who will solve our economic crisis and not exploit it, the maverick who always puts country first, and he was the only man on that stage in that debate who has a plan that will actually help working families and get the American economy back on track, as you all deserve."