October 30th, 2008
05:00 PM ET

Which VP has the greater risk of slipping up?


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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

A lot's been made of Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin going off-script and off-message over the past couple of weeks. Some of John McCain's aides aren't too pleased with some of the things coming out of her mouth. They say she's gone "rogue." she's been called a "diva." her supporters - and she has many– say it's just Sarah Palin, being Sarah Palin.

On the Democratic side, you're not seeing too much of Joe Biden being Joe Biden during these final days. In fact, Barack Obama's normally chatty running mate - known for some serious gaffes himself when unscripted - has been conspicuously quiet these past couple of weeks. Suddenly Biden, who will normally consent to an interview at the drop of a hat, has not made himself readily available to the media. As Time magazine's Karen Tumulty, who's been traveling with Biden, put it, at times he's like "a politician packaged in shrink-wrap."

Watch: Cafferty: VP pick could slip

And that's probably got a lot to do with remarks he made at a Seattle fund-raiser a couple of weeks ago when he said Barack Obama would be tested by an international crisis soon after being elected. Obama's public response was, quote "I think that Joe sometimes engages in rhetorical flourishes." But perhaps there was a private response too... And that's why these days there's "No Joe."

Here’s my question to you: In the closing days, who is the greater risk for saying something harmful: Joe Biden or Sarah Palin?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Frank from Des Moines, Iowa writes:
I think Joe Biden has the responsibility to keep quiet until this election is over. We have already seen the negative ads and attacks from the McCain/Palin campaign. If Obama is in the lead according to the polls then it's pretty clear to me that Joe Biden could cause more harm to their campaign now by saying something he shouldn't.

Cammie writes:
I would have to say Palin. When it comes to showing her utter ignorance on most things political, she hasn't let me down yet!

Neerja writes:
Sarah Palin has the potential to much more damage in one speech than Joe Biden can ever do in a lifetime of gabbing. You have to see the difference in gaffes. Joe makes harmless sort of gaffes, and he has a lifetime of hard work and a brilliant career to fall back upon. Sarah, on the other hand, casts more and more doubt on McCain's judgment in picking her as running mate, whenever she makes a statement to national audience.

Grover writes:
I'm an Obama supporter and to me there is no question that Biden is much riskier than Palin at this point. Palin has been very good just sticking to the script and that’s exactly what Biden can't do. No surprise that he's being contained by the Democratic camp.

David from Plant City, Florida writes:
With as deep as Obama has buried Biden in the closet, he is not a factor in this race at all. Obama is too powerful of a figure and he overshadows his VP so much that no one really cares what Biden says. Palin is the opposite. She overshadows the top of her ticket, so her words mean almost more than McCain's, and she is so out of it that every time she speaks she kills the polls for that ticket. She is what killed the Republicans.

Bernie from Lowell, Massachusetts writes:
They finally found a good use for duct tape.

Filed under: Gov. Sarah Palin • Sen. Joe Biden
soundoff (458 Responses)
  1. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Well, Jack, I would say Palin.
    You cannot continually distort, tell so many lies without it
    catching up with you.
    And, with the friction in the Mccain camp and her obvious
    ambition would not be surprised to see her blow it

    October 30, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  2. Dan from Kitchener

    Likely Joe Biden is the greatest risk because his comments and speeches are his own whereas Palin's comments and speeches are Karl Rove's rantings.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  3. Jenny Rome Ga

    By saying something harmful if you mean a gaffe Probably old silver tonuged Joe wins that one. If you mean saying something harmful and meaning it. Ms Palin gets that prize. The lady is just amazing.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  4. Sherrol in Canada


    I'd say Palin as the Obama campaign has now limited Joe Biden to talking points....etc. God help him if he ever gets the urge to go off on a tangent!!

    October 30, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  5. Sherrol in Canada


    I'd say Palin as the Obama campaign has now limited Joe Biden to talking points....etc. God help him if he ever gets the urge to go off on a tangent!!

    October 30, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  6. Meg in Alpharetta, GA

    Palin, of course! And she will smile and wink while she does it.......

    October 30, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  7. JR in Norfolk VA

    Joe Biden has been making so many stupid comments lately, it was getting to be, like, a gaffe-a-day! That's why he's not been doing many public events lately – the Obama campaign doesn't want him to screw the lead for them, so they're hiding him (Hidin' Biden?). As for Sarah Palin, the media doesn't need her to say anything at all – they just make up stuff about her!

    October 30, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  8. molly, Connecticut

    I'm hoping that Joe just stays on point... Let Sarah wander off in different directions about fruit flies, clothes, diva comments etc...

    October 30, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  9. Lucas in Pawling, NY

    Probably Biden. Don't get me wrong, I believe Sarah Palin to be much more likely to say something stupid – it just won't have much impact.
    You see, Sarah Palin can't really surprise anymore. Her remarks regarding proximity to Russia and such have raised the bar.
    For her to come out and do some real damage is now downright impossible.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  10. Charlie (Bethpage, NY)

    Probably Biden...he does not stick to the same script everywhere he goes like Palin does...and he isn't the puppet on a string like Palin. Unless he slips up and says that Obama had dinner with Bin Laden last night or something outrageous like that, this election is over....but if I were Obama, I'd lock him up until Tuesday Night, or send him to Dick Cheney's "undisclosed location."

    October 30, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  11. Landor Maiar from Sweden

    Is that question a joke? Pailin is natural borne catastrophe!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  12. Kathy Crescenzi

    This one is easy – Sarah Palin without a doubt. Being a female in my fourties I have to say Sarah Palin is an embarrassment. I find it offensive that she believes her grammatically incorrect speeches will be overlooked with a wink and a nod.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  13. jim7ny

    As the sands slip through the hour glass, so slip the Days of our Political Lives.

    Jack, either way it'll be a treat but my money is squarely on Palin. She's running out of terms to use and will need a Theo the Thesaurist or Dick the Dictionarist to give her the latest term for commie or pinko or socialist or tax and spender.

    Jim Lawrence
    Old Chatham, NY

    October 30, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  14. andy

    Sarah Palin. From the time she was picked she has done nothing but babble about one stupid thing after another. Then she asked elizabeth Hassalbeck to intro her at a rally. She has stated that a VP job is to run the senate (just what we need) another dick channey in a VP spot.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  15. Joane, Orlando, FL

    Palin of course, she tried to Obama to another terrorist while everybody knows that McCain and Palin are associated with the biggest terrorist in 21st Century. G.W. Bush

    October 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  16. Pat Wilson

    Definitely Joe Biden. We love him to death but he can't stop talking. Please don't do any interviews with him until after he is VP. Thanks. Pat in Port St Lucie Florida

    October 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  17. JD in NH

    It's a close call, to be sure, but I'm betting Palin will throw the McCain campaign under the Double Talk Express in the final days of this election. McCain aides have called her a "diva" and a "whack job" and, reportedly, McCain himself has snubbed her. She's got 2012 ahead of her and there's no reason for her to allow her reputation to be trashed within her own party.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  18. Len Albuq New Mexico

    Jack If you really want to make a difference in this world wny don't you start beating the drum on Angelo Mozillo of Countrywide Mortgage. He is truly a white collar criminal. Everyone already knows who is going to win the presidential election and its not mccain. get off the politics and start something that will bring accountability to these corrupt bankers and ceo's.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  19. Leah from Toronto, Canada

    Seriously? We're comparing Joe Biden to the 'Winking Wonder'? On second thought, maybe he would slip up more...to slip up would imply that Sarah Palin actually has something to say that isn't on a teleprompter.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  20. David of Alexandria VA

    Decidedly Joe Biden. Biden has developed the verbal gaff into a fine art form. Anyone who can say that the 5% of the people who are paying 40% of the income taxes are unpatriotic for not paying more is dangerously out of touch or woefully stupid.

    After a zillion years in the Senate, he should know better but apparently doesn't.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  21. Conor in Chicago

    It's got to be Joe Biden. Palin has said and did so many ridiculous things since her candidacy started that if you people are still putting her on camera and covering her then she clearly isn't making enough mistakes for you to write her off, which boggles my mind. And for the people who support her she could speak in tongues at one of her rallies and people would marvel at how "Mavericky" she is.

    The only one left after that is Biden.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  22. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Biden has already demonstrated this. I can not comprehend why he made the comment about a crisis facing an Obama government during the first six months that will test him, etc etc. Of all things to say this was just plain goofy, and I have always been a Biden fan.

    Sarah Palin, on the other hand, is far more in control of herself while speaking. She is not going to mess up, despite the appaling way that she has been treated.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  23. Helena

    Sarah Palin is still looking out for herself so if anyone slips up, it will be her with her ego.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  24. Art in Virginia

    Biden. It's hard to understand what Palin is saying most of the time.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  25. Mickie

    Since the bar is set so low (at zero) for intelligent answers from Sara Baraclueless, I believe the press magnifies any perceived slip up that Joe Biden does make. None of the media (who can get to Sarah) push her for a definitive answer. I guess that's hard to do when you're laughing so hard. She sure has the answer about wardrobes though.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  26. Matt in Las Vegas, NV

    This election was always a referendum on Barack Obama. Unfortunately for McCain, his choice of Sarah Palin totally screwed that up. It's amazing to me that John McCain has used the slogan "Country First" thru this campaign, yet his pick of Palin was a gimmick, not a choice that was good for the Country. The fact that we still talk about Palin every day is a problem for the McCain camp. I mean seriously Jack, since when did we talking about VP's with 5 days left in a Presidential election?

    October 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  27. Amber - Austin, TX

    Palin. Though she might NOW be able to tell us what the Bush Doctrine is, what newspapers she reads, and maybe her staff has finally corrected her on what the job of the Vice President is all about?

    October 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  28. Lene' From Sycamore, Il

    I guess that could be a toss up between them. My guess though is Sarah Palin will do the most harm with her barrage of negative campaigning.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  29. D.A.Zivkovich

    It's hard to imagine Sarah messing up more than she already has - She's obviously never read the Constitution (job of VP, knowing that Congress makes laws, not Presidents, etc). She harps on Obama's "spread the weath" comment without realizing that that's what income tax is - gov't takes our money and uses for the greater good (military, schools, infrastructure, etc). She conveniently ignores that she herself proudly declared to the New Yorker that what she did in AK with oil co profits was to "spread the wealth" Her ignorance and hypocrasy is frightening.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  30. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    Palin has already proven she's the greater risk- not just harmful words but an irritating tone of voice in delivering them.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  31. Brian Becker

    Who cares? Only one of them is qualified for the job, so I don't really care what else either of them has to say at this point. I'll let you guess which one of them that is.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  32. Glenn in California

    Jack, there are fundamental differences between the two. Biden is an intelligent thinker who ocassionally makes gaffes. Palin doesn't think. What you hear is what she's thinking, and the more the country hears, the less they want to hear HER. On November 5th, she'll be on the way back to Wasilla, Alaska, and Biden will be VP-elect.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  33. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Biden has already demonstrated this. I can not comprehend why he made the comment about a crisis facing an Obama government during the first six months that will test him, etc etc. Of all things to say this was just plain goofy, and I have always been a Biden fan.

    Sarah Palin, on the other hand, is far more in control of herself while speaking. She is not going to mess up, despite the appaling way that she has been treated.

    October 30, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  34. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    Easy question, easy answer – Palin. She has got more to lose. She has to some how save face because she has become a drag on her own ticket. Plus, with reports of her already making plans for 2012, it only makes sense for her to look out for her own future political career.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  35. Debbie, Illinois

    Palin has already left her mark. Nothing Biden can do in the coming days could possibly be anywhere near the screwball things that have come from that woman.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  36. Paula in Whittier, CA

    I admit to a bias however, almost everything Palin says is harmful so my vote definately is that she will be the one to screw up. Lately her ambition is showing so I also think it will be something about her "friend" McCain and how she is even more of a maverick than he is.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  37. Jerry

    The one who says were going to "shake things up in Washington".

    October 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  38. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    Joe Biden – just because he is so forthright and gets worked up and angry thinking about McCain-Palin running our country. Palin has memorized her script pretty much and does the same old song and dance everyday.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  39. Robert W. Brooks


    Both Biden and Palin present equal risk. Biden for his "off the cuff", candid remarks and Palin for her lack of sufficient knowledge on major issues.

    Forest, VA

    October 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  40. Linda

    Hands down it's the one with the fancy wardrobe. Palin is attempting to set herself up as the face of the Republican party for a run at the White House in 2012. Unless Biden drops another ice cream cone and blurts out an expletive, Palin is doing much more harm for McCain's campaign at this point.
    Linda from a Blue State
    Irvington, NJ

    October 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  41. Randy from PA

    Ha, that's an easy one, Palin. I though Bush was the most intellectually challenge politician I have ever seen. I was wrong.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  42. chuck

    Sarah Palin can say anything at this time because she is going NOWHERE. That's why she's throwing stones at Obama--she has nothing to loose --Empty vessels make the most noise.Thankfully the election is just around the corner.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  43. Jason, Koloa, HI

    It's gotta be Biden, because it's hard to slip up any more when you are already flat on your face like Palin.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  44. Doug in Minneapolis


    If Sarah Palin kept her mouth shut and said nothing then I would say Biden has a better chance of saying something stupid.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  45. Roy - Chicago IL

    Biden's gaffes are usually a turn of words that can be interpreted out of context by the other campaign as they have been, and not what Joe actually meant ('e.g. Obama will be tested'). Palin's comments, even when she does NOT gaffe, are inflamatory to a large portion of the population and to other countries around the world (e.g. 1) if Russia does not leave Georgia we need military intervention 2) I am President of the Senate and can get in there with them and make them do their job, and the VP needs more power. So it looks like Palin could slip up more, but I think the public is becoming insensitive to her comments lately as they are mostly misleading and outrageous anyway!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  46. NANCY M.- Colorado

    It's a different situation in each case. Palin hasn't anything new to say except for her scripted attacks on Obama. Biden, on the other hand, speaks from a wealth of experience and knowledge. Palin won't add anything, she has already done her damage. Biden, whose words have been twisted to use against him, stands alone as the better partner for a president. By the way, Obama's appearance on the television was AWESOME! That is the kind of stuff we should be seeiing.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  47. Russell, Seattle, WA

    She has done it daily...case closed

    October 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  48. Jim/Greensboro

    Any reasonable thinking person would realize that Biden has slipped up by at least 5-1 in gaffe's. Biden would simply be "more of the same" since he has been in office a long time. He won't change and that will be "change that we cannot believe in." Independent voters will wake up Tuesday morning and vote for honesty, integrity and less government intervention. If they don't, all citizens will be in for a much rougher ride than they have ever seen in their life time.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  49. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Let's see.......Palin or Biden??????????? Caribou Barbie of course!
    she has all the intelligence of a box of rocks! This is not to say that Biden can't trip over his own tongue, but in a screw up contest, Barbie would win hands down!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  50. Linda in southern Indiana

    It would probably be Joe Bidden because Sarah Palin doesn't know enough to address the big issues. Bidden is probably the most qualified all 4 top candidates even if he sometimes opens mouth and inserts his foot. He is a good man. He is the only reason I will vote the Obama ticket!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  51. Candy West Virginia

    Definitely Palin. Joe lacks tack and is blunt but he is atleast intelligent and knows what he knows. Palin is clueless on most things and seems to have a low IQ (i'm being nice). That combination makes for some utterly dumb remarks.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm |

    Well, Jack, Joe is a wild man so you never really know. At least if he does slip up it will be just that and not a complete lack of knowledge of government or subject matter. I think we know who might do that. I hope nobody asks her what the presidents job is. God forbid she ever have to take that over. She might think it's to run the judiciary branch or something equally obsurd.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  53. Sarah Louise

    I think Sarah Palin is more likely to say something harmful to her campaign than Joe Biden. Although both are prone to making gaffs, as we have already seen numerous times, Joe is on a tight leash and I think he realises that it's necessary and accepts it. Palin, on the other hand, is showing increasing signs of wilfully breaking from her set talking points and when she goes off script she almost always puts her foot in her mouth.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  54. mitchell ,arkansaw

    nothing biden says sticks. its a part of his political personality. when biden makes a gaffe ,his intention is always well known. noone knows what the hell will come out of gov palin's mouth. i cant make heads or tails out of most of what she says. we cant afford a vp who speaks in tongues.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  55. MITCH

    It's not a matter of will Sarah Palin slip up it is a matter of how bad will it be.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  56. Jan from NW Iowa

    I think it's an even toss up. Joe Biden seems to do it because he loves to talk and has a hard time answering any question in 1-2 sentence responses. The longer he elaborates the more likely he is to show us his foot-in-mouth disease. Sarah Palin seems to make mistakes from not knowing quite enough and trying to come up with an answer that will make the Republicans turn handsprings.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  57. Ann from S.C.

    I think Joe Biden is the greater risk of saying something harmful. He tends to be a motor mouth and has more knowledge on which to base comments that may not be helpful. Sarah Palin is no risk as far as I'm concerned because I so want Obama and Biden to win. I worry that some unfortunate occurance will stand in the way of that happening.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  58. Venia PA

    Mark – Asheville, NC – sorry but what planet have you been on?? Seriously palin can't even form complete sentences, sounds like a 5 year old sometimes and is clueless to boot. She has already messed up we can't even count the ways. BTW can she see Russia from her patio??

    October 30, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  59. Larry in Florida

    They'll both say something stupid but the media will only pick up on Sarah. Same old double standard that as been going on during this entire campaign. Sarah is getting a raw deal it seems to me. After all, she was a governor and Obama was only a Senator for 180 whole days. Where's his experience?

    October 30, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  60. Vinny

    It's Biden; that's why they've muzzled him. Actually, he is telling the truth when he says that the "new number" for Obama is now down to $150,000. Remember when Obama said $250,000 but last night he said $200,000! Oh and for those "astute" bloggers on this site lambasting Palin, there are 4 Bush Doctrines and Obama is a socialist because 40% of Americans don't pay any income taxes, so he would be redistributing the wealth. It's terrible to hate but it's worse when the hater has no idea what he or she is saying!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  61. Jane (Minnesota)

    Could be a toss up but I believe Palin is more apt to now that sheappears to not be folowing the campaign's script.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  62. Dave in MO

    Just watch Biden will say "we are about to elect the first bright, clean, Muslim president. So when we are hit by an attack because he will be tested we all must act like were on the sama page as Obama!"

    October 30, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  63. carson

    of course unqualified palin ..

    October 30, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  64. Annie, Atlanta

    Sarah Palin, by far, because of her extreme lack intellectual curiosity. But that doesn't matter. She gets a free pass because she's attractive, wears fancy clothes, and everyone wants her glasses. I think this election has been confused with a game show.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  65. Anne from Vero Beach, FL

    Despite Joe Biden's occasional blunders people know there is intelligence and valid experience underneath them. Not so with Palin. And now that she seems to have decided that this little campaign is merely a stepping stone to her own presidential ambitions, I would bet that she'll be the one to slip, spewing her ignorance with those oh so charming winks into and well past the election. Of course her limited number of loyal followers won't mind, but she'll continue to turn off the majority of Americans.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  66. Bev, Los Angeles

    Sarah Palin messes up every time she opens her mouth. Also.... You betcha! Wink, wink!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  67. Will K from San Jose

    Biden puts his foot in his mouth, but he is capable of doing the job of President if the need would arise. Palin simply is not ready.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  68. Laurie, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

    Well of course it is Sarah Palin. She dosnt have John Mccains interests in mind, she has her own. She is looking into the future, four years from now! Sarah Palin president 2012, Oh my God!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  69. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    That's a hard call. It depends on whom you are talking to I guess.
    Biden means well, and gets a bit carried away, and sometimes has a bit of "foot & mouth" disease, but then so do a lot of us..that is not really thinking it through before saying it. Palin, well, her take seems to be attack, attack, attack, not paying much attention and definitely taking everything as a sound bite. She keeps repeating Biden's "clean coal" statement without actually saying what Biden really said.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  70. robert sulzer

    do you really have to ask that? Palin has been shrouded from the media, and no one in the media seems to be up in arms about it. the day Palin goes on Meet the press is the day the Cubs win the world series.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  71. Susan Canada

    This may be the only time I get to vote for Sarah Palin....when she says she will "shake things up in Washington" does that mean belly dancing for the old boys? She would actually have to say something in order for her to mess up.....

    October 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  72. Dave From Ohio

    Why the hockey Mom of course. I'm still baffled at why the GOP picked her and they know they screwed up big time on that one. If Mccain actually hand picked her for the VP job then he has gone senile.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  73. Liz in Towson, MD

    Wait, I thought Sarah Palin was running for President and Joe the Plumber was her running mate...

    October 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  74. Carol in Wyoming

    This is from a long-time registered Republican. I'm sure that Joe Biden may make some unscheduled comment, but he is an experienced politician who at least has knowledge and expertise on most subjects to support his words. We all KNOW Sarah Palin will make another stupid comment, as she has shown she really has a lack of knowledge as well as common sense and decency. I see she is scheduled for another in-depth 'foreign policy' briefing this week, so she'll probably come out of that proclaiming her superior knowledge to all the major players. However, I cannot imagine how John McCain can continue to praise her as the ideal pick to take over the presidency if something should happen to him. These comments have just proven that his judgment is flawed.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  75. Chuck in Wisconsin

    I keep waiting for Sarah to tell us that Obama is secretly hiding Bin Laden in his basement. My guess is her desperation will grow and that she will say something truly disparaging about John McCain before this is done. I hope she has a nice ride into the sunset and that American voters remember this harpy in 2012 and keep her retired.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  76. Richard McKinney, Texas

    Joe Biden by far leads the list of most likely to insert his foot in Obama's mouth. Biden is a train wreck waiting to happen. Biden took the 'Change' out of Obama's slogan with his 30 years of coddling to credit card companies in Delaware. Biden is a reformed drunkard. Didn't we just have a president who was a reformed drunkard too? Must be a necessary qualification to run for public office. You have to have or had a chemical dependency and enjoy screwing people. Biden is good at both.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  77. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    While Senator Biden puts his foot in his mouth, Governor Palin goes for the whole leg...

    October 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  78. Ted O. (Canada)

    The candidate with the fewer cognitive skills always has the most chance of slipping up. Guess who that would be between Biden and Palin? Palin, who posesses the intellectual gravitas of the 3 stooges, can more easily slip up if she is exposed to hardball questioning, but her intellectual integrity is so low now, that nothing that she says would shock voters. The only reaction that Palin garners now is pity.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  79. Ingrid, new york

    there is slip ups and there is slip ups. at least joe b. says things he means and he is honest, and he can explain gaffe's. while palin is outright mean spirited and arrogant, she does not know what she is talking about so she can't even explain herself.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  80. ajks

    Palin–she is not only talking off topic, but she is also trying to make herself look good so she will have a chance for office in 2012. She is not doing the best she can for her team. Also, she has more problems in her background: TWO ethics violation investigations, AIP, etc.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  81. Bruce in OR

    Jack, That would be a closed loop situation. The only folks they are playing to now are the undecideds, and they are so stupid they won't catch any slip-ups anyway....... And around and around and around they go.....

    Barack On!!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  82. Billy G in Las Vegas

    they are BOTH walking gaff machines BUT Biden is pretty much laying low while Palin is EVERYWHERE spouting off SO I would have to say "Caribou Barbie" unless the string on her 12 talking points voice box breaks.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  83. T. J. Wilkinson

    Joe Biden will be forever shoving his foot into his mouth up to his kneecap. Palin, however, would be the first to do something just plain stupid. She doesn't have the knowledge or the experience to be VP.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  84. lee in tn

    Mrs . Palin has already split the party with what she has said,is
    there any chance that she will not have a slip of the tongue while winking and grinning?

    October 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  85. Marge in New Port Richey, Florida

    Jack, you're joking with this easy question. Sarah drill-baby-drill Palin. But rather than her actually saying anything harmful, it's more likely they'll just uncover some more unethical stuff about her and that'll cause the harm. She thinks there's a different set of rules for her and her family. Sorry, Sarah, but NO THERE'S NOT!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  86. John Russell

    I would say Palin, since she can't open her mouth
    without telling a lie.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  87. Bernadine in Oberlin, LA

    Palin already has. With the announcement by the Associated Press on Wednesday that Palin is being investigated again for another ethics violation concerning travel with her children is a disservice to the voters she is attempting to persuade. I am one of the so called christian conservatives and Palin is a hypocrite.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  88. Nicholas in Brockport

    Sarah Palin has a greater chance of slipping up, because she seems to think there is an "I" in VP.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  89. PC from Atlanta

    I love Joe Biden but he is the greatest risk to slip up and say something that would be taken out of context.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  90. Jeff Brenneman, Sturgis MI

    Easy one, Jack: Sarah Palin. Winter is coming, and heels don't go well with ice and snow.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  91. Barbara in Las Vegas, NV

    If we're talking gaffes, Joe Biden might make one of those, but if we're talking comments made out of pure incompetence and stupdity, Palin is your girl.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  92. Janet, Canada

    It is true that Joe Biden has had his share of slip-ups. But in comparison with the Pitbull, I think he'll be OK. Because all Palin says is lies, she is bound to step over herself again and again. Joe Biden is telling the truth about Obama and his campaign. Palin will surely disappoint.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  93. Sharon

    I would have to say Biden but only because of the way Palin delivers her message. No short answers for her. She goes on, and on, and on, and on, saying the same thing over and over. By the time she's finished, you can't even tell what she said to determine if it was a gaffe or not. She's got to get all the required "also's, thoughs and too's" in each speech to keep up with the "my friends and I know how to do that" phrases from McCain.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  94. Donna Wisconsin

    Palin says something HARMFUL every day as anything negative and slanderous is HARMFUL. But poor Joe who you just gotta love–simply has "gaffs'. But then so do I! He just gets tougue twisted and puts his foot in his mouth. He must think faster than he can talk and it comes out wrong–just like me! But harmful? God love him!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  95. Richard - Knoxville TN

    I'd say Palin has the upper edge on a major screw-up - The closer November 4 comes the more "My Own 2012 Message" she spouts as her belief that McCain's defete is just around the corner becomes imbeded in her little "Sarah First, Last and Always" mind - and she tries to distance herself from McCain -

    What's going to be really interesting is if McCain wins - What will he do with her after all the stabs in the back and knowing that it will only get worse as she tries to underecut him as president - You Betcha

    October 30, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  96. oh_politician

    Jack, no doubt Pallin- she slips on the stumps without knowing. And there goes the risk associated with her selection. As an independent, Sen. Macain has a chance with me with another better qualified female GOPer. I think he lost his political tact with this decision.



    October 30, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  97. Judy Knight

    Palin has that one wrapped up.
    They have made a big deal out of Biden slipping up and saying we were going to have a catastrophe after the election. He just told the truth. It has happened in the past, that is nothing new. I am sure they are preparing for it.
    You can bet your bottom dollar McCain would head us right out to war with no second thoughts and like Bush , no thoughts as to what the people want.
    J.K. in Boise, Idaho

    October 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  98. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    That's an easy one – the moose hunter!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  99. Rosalynd Florida

    Palin of course. She makes a gaffe evertime her lips move.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  100. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Sarah Palin has made it clear that she is not running for VP, thrown John McCain under the Straight Talk Express and is campaigning for 2012. That leaves Joe Biden all to himself with the possibility of saying something very harmful.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  101. Mike

    Sarah Palin--she's a high school student council president we don't need now.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  102. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: In my opinion, Sarah Palin. There are manythings to ridicule about Sarah Palin's incomprehensible speaking style, her pathological dishonesty and her backwards, simplistic views on the issues. But it's her politics of fear and division that must be wholly rejected on Tuesday because it's too terrible to imagine waking up one week from today in an America that rewards the awfulness and fear which she and her allies require in order to politically exist.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  103. Bill the machinist, Quarryville, Pa

    They both slip up a lot. But probably the slip up that would get the most attention would come from Biden. Sarah Palin makes slip up's all the time especially when she tries to describe what the vice president's job is. It's almost expected of her because when she doesn't make a slip up it becomes bigger news them when she does.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  104. Louis, Los Angeles

    Palin is just getting started. Good thing the election is almost over. Now the real question is will many of us be able to watch Fargo again the same way?

    October 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  105. Christine, Upstate NY

    Of the two, only Joe Biden has the chance of slipping up. That's what real people do. They occasionally slip up and say the wrong thing. Sarah Palin's slip-ups are irrelevant. She IS the slip-up. McCain's huge, unredeemable, irretrievable slip-up.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  106. Paula (Indiana)

    Palin doesn't have to worry about slipping up. She doesn't know enough on her own to slip up... I am sure someone writes her speeches for her. If she has a make up artist making top dollar, I am sure she has a speech writer and consultant to coach her before she's allowed out in public.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  107. Dennis from Albuquerque

    Probably Sarah, since she has shaken off the leash. She probably wants to lose now so she can be the next senator from Alaska.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  108. Ed

    McCain made my choice easy when he selected Palin. Is that who he considered the most qualified in his party? He not only insulted me but the many other fully qualified candidates he could have chose from. McCain now obviously has to stick by his choice, whether he regrets it or not because to do otherwise is suicide". I laugh everytime I hear McCain say "I'm fully confident in Sarah Palin", he has no choice but to say that (unless he's delusional which he is not).

    October 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  109. Ron in Indiana

    Joe Biden has a history of making political gaffs. Obama needs to put Biden on the shelf the next few days. This close to the election, one slip up is all it would take for McCain to win. There isnt enough time to recover from any gaffs.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  110. Michael in Albuquerque

    Palin has already proven herself to be so inept, it is hard to imagine she can do any more harm to McCain than she already has. Besides, the McCain campaign is about sunk, and they don't have a lot to lose. . On the other hand, there is a slim chance that a slip of Biden's tongue could cost Obama a few undecided voters. He's shot from the hip before and he'll do it again; I kinda' like that about him, but many others do not. Stay cool, Joe.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  111. George

    I would have to say Palin. because every time she opens her mouth, she either lies, or screws up in some way. Heaven help us if she were to ever become even close to the Oval Office.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  112. John, Fort Collins, CO

    At this point, Barack Obama will probably win the election barring a major gaff. Given Joe Biden's tendency to occasionally utter remarks before they are processed by his brain, he would do well to stick tightly to the script until all the votes are in. It would be hard for Sarah Palin to top the damage she has already done to the McCain campaign; she is far less likely to slip-up.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  113. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    i think there both Gilligan's island material , Obama could send Joe to a 24 hour a day golf course, and we can sit back and watch Palin implode. the frustration is setting in, iam sure there's still a good headline before the end of the tunnel..

    October 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  114. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Palin. Every word she speaks reeks and wreaks havoc, you betcha!

    Arlington, Texas

    October 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  115. Bill Davis

    If by "slipping up" you mean, "putting our nation at risk", then the obvious answer is Sarah Palin. As my brother used to say, she could screw up an anvil with a rubber mallet. She's not qualified to report the weather. She has no applicable experience or credentials.

    Bill D.
    Champaign, IL

    October 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  116. kenneth sibbett

    I't got to be Palin because Biden's going to be in an unknown location.

    KENNETH Chadbourn N.C.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  117. Lesa from Jackson TN

    Palin and Biden could make a big gaffe between now and Tuesday. But Biden is more respected by the people and get forgiven quicker than Palin.

    Palin is new on the scene and everybody knows how Biden can be. But I think he will hold his tongue this close to Nov. 4th. He can do it just like he did in the VP debate with no more TV interviews or radio interviews until after the election.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  118. Don B. from Houston

    Biden will win this one hands down if the Obama campaign does not keep him under wraps. I do believe he would make a better VP than Palin, but Joe does make dumb comments. Sometimes he is the classic case of "mouth in gear before brain gets to working".

    October 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  119. Kevin in Mass

    Are they allowed to speak? Biden has yet to come to a podium without inserting his foot in his mouth. Palin will just be misquoted. What are the rules to this contest? I have to give the gaff win to Biden.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  120. Pat,Clearwater Florida

    As a democrat I would say Joe Biden he speaks from the heart
    so the truth sometimes hurts and gets distorted by the press.
    But, then again Palin is just a LIAR and will say anything to
    further her failing career.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  121. Paula (Indiana)

    Sarah's not going to slip up. She has her eye on the White House. Shoot, even if McCain/Palin loose the election she could join her running mate in the Senate by appointing herself to fill Steven's position. It sounds his constituents in Alaska are standing behind their beloved convicted felon. I fear that we haven't seen or heard the last of Sarah Palin. Does that frighten anyone but me?

    October 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  122. Bob Reiss

    I think Joe Biden only because, Palin screws up so often, no one cares. McCain goes through what Joe says with a fine tooth comb to find anything that can be used.
    If Joe Biden came out with a statement like Palin yesterday about what she will be doing after they lose on Tuesday was amazing! I would hope Alaska would be embarsed about who they elected as Governer.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  123. richard a. winkler

    Palin. She slips up every time she opens her mouth.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  124. Crystal O. New Market, AL

    Palin is the one more likely to "slip up" in these final days of the campaign. Jack, Sarah Palin is a big joke. The only reason why she is getting a big turnout at her rallies is because the audience want to see how "stupid" she really is in person. It's like going to a comedy show, only you don't have to pay. What a joke of a VP she is!

    Go Obama/Biden '08!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  125. Juanita from Detroit, Mi

    I would say Joe Biden because no one really expect anything from Palin anyway.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  126. Dave from Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia

    No doubt Palin will "Screw up" again. Probably by announcing her running mate for the 2012 election.
    Joe Biden is too much of a professional to say anything harmful at this stage.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  127. Susan/Bel Air, MD

    I think Sarah Palin has already slipped up. She's persisted in calling Senator Obama a 'socialist' who wants to share the wealth. But isn't that exactly what she did in Alaska by imposing a windfall profits tax on big oil and then sharing that wealth by cutting a check to every man, woman, and child in AK? Not to mention that 'palling around with terrorists' could equally apply to her husband's AIP secessionist buddies. In addition, before she goes to Washington to clean out the corruption, she needs to pay back her per diem money and the money she received for her children's travel on her 'revised' travel expense form. What a travesty.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  128. Stacy from Fairfax, VA

    The better bet is on the newest member to the McCain campaign on foreign policy: Joe the Plumber.

    October 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  129. linda n carolina

    You got to love Joe. Everyone has an uncle Joe in the family! Sometimes they say something totaly screwy but no harm intended. Now Palin is the just the opposite...everything she says is mean and hateful and chosen to be derisive and mocking. No class act of 2008!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  130. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    I think Joe Biden is a proven commodity. Sure he has a verbal slip up once in a while, he is the real deal is all I can say. Sarah Palin is the queen of comedy, lots of americans consider her a joke. Easy question Sarah(the diva)Palin!!

    October 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  131. Leroy from Houston,Tx.

    Unfortunately I have to say Senator BIden...Governor Palin is in "2012" mode...Her every word is now scrutinized before she speaks so that she doesn't slip up...Her only demise would be if she granted another Couric or Gibson interview and that ain't gonna happen!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  132. perry jones

    BIDEN you know this was not even a question
    perry jonecouncil bluffs iowa

    October 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  133. mac from traverse city Michigan

    I think the Obama campaign will keep Joe Biden on a pretty short leash until election day as long as the polls continue to be favorable ,so the chances for him to contract a case of "stumble tongue" will be limited. Ms. Palin on the other hand seems to be enamored with her newfound fame and intent on continuing in the national limelight and positioning herself for future endeavors therein. I'm sure her mouth will be stumbling over her ego several times before next Tuesday

    October 30, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  134. C in Belen, New Mexico

    If by "slipping up" you mean sticking foot in mouth and saying something foolish, Then Gov. Palin would be the larger risk. She seems to be appealing to a smaller and smaller "right wing" / ultra-conservative constituency, while at the same time alienating moderate members of the GOP.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  135. Alice in California

    Wow! That's a great question. Everytime I think Palin is the idiot of the week, Biden proves me wrong. They are both time bombs waiting to go off!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  136. Daryl

    Biden wins hands down! PLEASE don't let him speak for America if he is elected!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  137. Hugh from California

    Dear Jack,
    Thanks for asking such a tough question. Seriously, Sarah Palin is likely to do more harm than good. Silly Sarah has cost John McCain this election. If anyone was more unqualified to be vice-president, I don't know who is. She didn't even know what her job description was. How could we trust her to run the country if she had to take over the duties of the president in a time of crisis. It's frightening.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  138. Marty

    They both have an equal chance of a major foot-in-the-mouth moment, but I think Joe Biden has a better chance of his gaffes being noticed because we are so used to Sarah Palin saying odd things, we have come to expect it.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  139. Kyle from Bennington, VT

    That would be Biden.
    Sarah Palin has already said or done the most harm that any VP candidate could say or do. She has to be all tapped out of self destruction.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  140. Sherri

    It doesn't make any difference because the race is with Barack Obama & John McCain. Palin has put her foot in her mouth on more than 1 occasion and her $150.000 "Don't I look good" wardrobe didn't & wouldn't change her conservative base from cheering her on no matter what she does or says. Biden will walk softly for the next 4 days and his reputation is solid and with his knowledge, expertise in foreign affairs,Obama made a excellent choice for VP. McCain and his choice of Palin, told many people what was important to him I.E. the conservative base & not the well-being of the American people. Sarah Palin-fashion model, YES. Sarah Palin-VP, NO.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  141. June from WI

    Palin, only because Biden will get a pass from the you and the rest
    of the media for his gaffes.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  142. John in Arizona

    Jack, how could Palin, who's already spinning around uncontrollably on the ice, possible slip up?

    October 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  143. Geoffrey in Lowell, MA

    I like Joe Biden's "rhetorical flourish's", I look forward to them. Ahhh, but Sarah Palin is a nabob of dogmatic theocratic confabulated negativism and a monument to John McCain's dementia. "Slip up" really doesn't capture what she is.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  144. Jeff Crocket

    The Obama campaign has tied up Biden so he can hardly breathe!!
    But he will always find a way to say the wrong thing!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  145. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Biden may be a gaff machine, but there is a differance between a gaff and not knowing what your talking about. I vote Sarah (it`s all about me) Palin, in this poll.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  146. Doris/St. Louis, MO

    Sarah Palin is a risk not only to John Mccain, she's a risk to America. She needs to understand that she cannot whine and blink her way into the White house, enough already!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  147. Gary NC

    Frankly, I don't recall hearing anything out of Sarah Palin's mouth that was not detrimental to the Republicans. If you want to sway Independent voters (and they need to) you must say more than the same tired old dribble. Biden generally has something quite meaningful to say if you don't pick his words to death and and quote out of context.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  148. Jan/AR

    Joe Biden has made very few misspeaks. Gov. Palin misspeaks plus stretches the truth about socialism (she's one of em'), reform (not really, but kinda sorta if you take out the re in form), plus she spoke of her record as Alaska's governor, which was mostly lies. Can't vote for McCain because I have no idea what his platform is on the economy and energy independence, he just doesn't speak to me personally cuz I am not worth 5 million dollars.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  149. douglas in minnesota

    That depends on how you define slipping-up. Biden could occaisionally slip-up and be wrong; whereas Palin could occaisionally slip-up and be correct. It's best to let paid actuaries determine the statistical probabilities of these two likelihoods.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  150. Mike from Maple Valley, Wa.

    Since it is hard to slip from the bottom up I would say Joe Biden.
    Sarah is so full of road rash from falling so many times already she looks like a drunk who is learning how to in-line skate for the first time without pads......in the gravel!!
    So, in the best interest of our Country let's pray for a gaff free week from Biden. And in the best interest of fair, team play let's hope the bleeding stops for Sarah as well.
    Hopefully tear down is nearing an end and rebuilding our Country is soon to begin.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  151. Mike

    First impressions are important, and the first impression was horrific.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  152. Barbara in Virginia

    Oh is there any doubt? Ms. Palin is not only a maverick she's a renegade. She so desperately wants to be herself, if she can't take direction in a political election for people who actually KNOW how will she fend in 2012? First she needs an etiquette class, and a few government classes.

    Joe Biden is a very intelligent man - we forgive his slips because he's very knowledgeable where it counts.

    Virginia Beach, VA

    October 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  153. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    Sen. Biden has the biggest chance of slipping up!! Everyone already expects the Palin show to be a comedy!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  154. Peggy-Lombard, Illinois

    I'm waiting for her (Palin) to slip and declare a 2012 "Palin/Joe "the plumber" ticket.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  155. Frank in Wisconsin

    What Palin is having an affair with Joe the plumber ? she is sure enthralled by him as much as she talks about him. LOL

    October 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  156. Liz

    Sara Palin the woman is a joke.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  157. Sandi AZ

    I think both VP candidates are following the script pretty closely, however, watch out for McCain, I bettcha he will do the party in !

    October 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  158. Ken in NC

    Palin will say something either hateful or harmful.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  159. Lucy from New Orleans

    Jack, I would like to say that it's a toss up between Motor Mouth Joe and Bridge to NoBrain Sarah, but I believe that Joe can control himself when he knows that he should. Bridge to NoBrain Sarah just runs off at the mouth come hell or high water.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  160. Michel

    Sarah has a greater chance of slipping up,because she's used to it.She doesften.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  161. Harold from Anchorage,AK

    I've met Sarah Palin twice; once at a gun shop and once at COSTCO.
    I looked in her eyesand saw just two letters: ME.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  162. T. G. from the virgin islands

    I think that Palin is more risky that Joe Biden. Sure, Biden would say some silly things at times, but people who know would expect that from him. Also, once he chooses his words carefully, he is a great access to Obama. Palin, on the other hand, is more of a wild card. She was picked mainly to energized the Republican base. while she has done so, some of her speeches is creating tension within the campaign rallies, and there have been reports of Palin doing things independent from the campaign.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  163. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    "Slipping" up? It depends on how you define it. If you mean verbal slip-ups, then Biden will take the lead since Palin is now in a virtual verbal straight jacket. Her every move and word is carefully scripted by the McCain campaign. If you disastrous slip-ups, then my bet is on Palin. Despite being a (part time) mayor and an 18 month governor, she has, basically, zero experience of operating in Washington and the world.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  164. sandy in ohio

    Jack, it may well be Biden but they won't be done in a cruel or nasty way , they'll just be honest mis-speaks. But if I were a reporter I would be watching Palin as she continues to position herself to be the future of the Republican. And if I were McCain I would be worried about how far she will go to reach her own agenda. John may have scars to prove he's been tested but Sarah is the type that can kill without leaving a mark.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  165. frannie, mansfield, ohio

    Sarah Palin says harmful things on purpose. And, someone should tell her the difference between a gaffe and being caught not knowing something. I am fine with Joe Biden, big deal if his words don't always come out perfect. I couldn't live with Sarah Palin's intentional falsehoods.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  166. Sherri from Canada

    It's interesting how Joe Biden was ripped for his comments about Obama being "tested". But of course, it was a soundbite like everything else and should be heard in it's entirety. Of course, any president will be tested, including McCain. Can you imagine what the world would put Sarah Palin through should she by any unfortunate circumstance become President. They wouldn't just test her...they would annihilate her.

    Back to who has a greater risk of slipping up...

    October 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  167. Michael watching from Canada

    If your question is:

    Which VP has the greater risk of slipping up once elected VP?

    Then, without hesitation, Sarah Palin would have the much greater risk of slipping up, especially if she was meeting with Russians who flew over Alaska.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  168. Lois, Virgin Islands

    Palin!! She is not just slipping, she already fell!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  169. Susan From Gerogia

    Palin has been proving her to be the biggest screw up ever. I though it might be Biden, but he has been great!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  170. Tiff from Philadelphia

    Joe puts his foot in mouth a lot. Sarah Palin talks out of the other end.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  171. Jim


    That's a bit like asking which cannon will roll off the pitching deck first. Biden is pretty well lashed down, his caliber having already been "tested". Palin rolls about, still unsure just what the job of cannon entails.

    Reno, Nevada

    October 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  172. John in Atlanta, GA

    Jack, if we say something about Palin its sexist. I've never been politically correct, so.... Palin hands down. The lies, the lies, the lies. The complete misunderstanding of the Constitution. How can she be a Governor and not know the basics of government? Yet, she was vetted?? I'm sure the electorate of Alaska is thoroughly embarrased by this vegetable masking as their top state executive. Further, the GOP really plans on allowing her to run in 2012? They're kidding, right??

    October 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  173. Willow, Iowa

    Joe Biden may get misunderstood in small ways, but everybody knows Joe is a talker that sticks foot in mouth. However, Palin is a danger to this country. along with still not knowing what the VP does, her connections to subversive organizations, and being a radical fundamentalist, she could do much more harm.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  174. Dbrown, California

    They took out Biden's line about Obama having spine made of steel! And twisted everything else. Of course the next president will be tested. The current one is a joke. He's been on it for eight years. And the whole world knows, McCain is just another Bush. If he wins, well, then another 4 years of Bush... again. Bush handles crisis by making it worse. And McCain is 100% the same.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  175. Karen, Florida

    Some of you say "you gotta love Joe"....everyone has an Uncle Joe..
    and make excuses for his open mouth slipups...and for the other Candidates lies....(including: "I'm going to take only Federal funding..." .....who can still believe those millions are coming from individual small contributions... ?... even Lou Dobbs doesn't believe it, we heard him say so)
    It would not matter who was McCains running mate, people would take things out of context and pound it into the ground & distort....

    "mesmerized...and never even see what's coming..."

    October 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  176. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    To me it doesn't matter who makes a gaffe. What matters is who is really capable of being President and would know what their job would be as VP.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  177. Michael - Las Vegas

    It's true, Joe Biden sometimes doesn't think before he speaks. On the other hand, Sarah Palin doesn't think.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  178. Jo-Jo from MD

    This is easy. Palin of course. She doesn't know much about the job.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  179. Diane Glasser

    BOTH!! But I think Palin will inset foot several more times before election night. She hates to be tied down, she likes to doing the tying down and McCain refuses to give her any rope.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  180. Teri in St. Augustine FL

    Sarah Palin has already slipped up and it really didn't matter. She doesn't read, uses her kids as props, dissed the Penn State President, incites hatred at her rallies, bills the government for nights spent in her own home, etc etc etc. She may not have gotten a free pass, but she's certainly gotten away with everything rotten she's done.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  181. Dennis In Washington State

    By slipping up, do you mean 'going rogue'? Or disagreeing with McCain?

    October 30, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  182. Kris

    The American people have been given all of the negative media exposing Palin already. You have to wonder why the Obama campaign is keeping Biden so quite. Maybe because he can't keep his foot out of his mouth? Or perhaps because he sounds more presidential than the one actually running for president. You take your pick, either way at least with McCain / Palin you know who you are voting for and who will be The Commander in Chief.


    Portland, OR

    October 30, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  183. Karl in CA

    Sara Palin. Pull the string and she talks, but God only knows what she will say. Her ambition and ego are showing and they aren't pretty. What she says off message now can only get worse in the next 5 days. Joe Biden can't come close to her gaffes.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  184. Andrea New York

    Jack, it's all relative. Biden's slip ups reveal a real knowledge of the workings of the world, which in all honesty, few people may want to hear. Conversely, Palin's slip ups display a complete ignorance and lack of education regarding anything outside of Alaska. Nonetheless, the greatest slip up has come from John McCain, and few people have taken note of it. He has sworn to to keep the same tax structure in place while maintaining that he can pay off the deficit in one term. Anyone who has ever balanced a check book can tell you that this is both downright impossible as well as a bold faced lie.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  185. Kathy from Orlando

    Biden is much more intelligent than Palin and will therefore choose his words wisely and stick to the script. Palin and her "McCain is not takin' me down" attitude will most likely screw up and say something stupid and desperate in these last days. If McCain were smart, he would put a muzzle on that pit bull.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  186. Jeff

    The V.P. with the greatest chance of slipping up is Dick Cheney! If he were to come out from his bunker, he could evaporate John McCain completely off the face of the earth politically. But since you didn't leave that choice intact, I would have to say Joe Biden. America has already seen what Sarah Palin brings to the table, so nothing she can say or do will be a surprise. Biden can be a roadblock to Obama's ascension to Commander in Chief with his over-reactive, defensive, and inaccurate responses to questions posed to him. Given Obama's lead in the polls, the presidency is his to lose. Obama doesn't make missteps like his counterpart. Biden could be Obama's spoiler.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  187. Max

    In the waning moments of the campaign I do not believe either vice presidential candidate will err by saying something off the cuff. Biden understands the seriousness of the situation and would do no more harm to the Obama campaign. Palin on the other hand will not be watched so much for gaffes but for her total lack of knowledge of any of the domestic or foreign issues confronting this country. Ironically, a reporter or strategist made the comment recently that Palin, at a rally talking about energy, was comfortable because that was her area of expertise. I did not know that "Drill Baby Drill" qaulified one as an expert in the area of energy.

    Raymond, MS

    October 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  188. facts are facts

    The answer is probably Palin just based on her lower intellect and rambling comments that lead her to contradict herself from the start of what she is saying and then says at the end.

    Of course the true Master of slip ups is the guy who would veto beer, agree that PA is racist etc. etc. McCain is a walking gaff but is considered so low on intellect no one cares anymore.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  189. Gary

    Well heck Jack, it can't be Palin. She's like an old juke box. Just drop in a quarter and no matter what buttons you push, you get the same old song.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  190. Angela, Kentucky

    Palin. Most voters know Palin isn't qualified to be the second in command. If she goes off script, she just reminds everyone of how old McCain is and how ill prepared she is if something happens to him. It is downright scary!

    October 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  191. Roger Cyr

    The bar has been lowered so much when McCain selected Palin, it is easy to know the answer. Can you imagine her as a possible President. Joe the plumber will replace Rice and her husband will be secretary of state, or special adviser on foreign affairs. Great team.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  192. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    I'm still waiting for Joe Biden to tell me where I can get the FDR TV DVD about the stock market crash in 1929. I sure hope it's in stereo.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  193. Marc, Toronto

    Joe Bidens slips are a result of his having too much knowledge while Sarah Palin's slips are from an overal lack of relevent knowledge.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  194. Amy

    lets see...PALIN She is the anti-woman female candidate. I am afraid of Palin's radical Political/Religious movement: http://tinyurl.com/68jt3s

    October 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  195. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    Well, she's (Palin) is already talking about 2012!!! So what do you think?

    October 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  196. OLD EWOK, California

    No one will know about Bidons slip up because the media hacks are spending all their time looking for dirt on Palin and Joe the plumber.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  197. Juanita from IN

    Well anyone can slip up and/or make a mistake. However, when it comes to world affairs, I don't think Gov Palin's problem would be slipping up. I believe she is more at risk of consciously or unconsciously offending world leaders because of her lack of understanding of world views. That would not be a slip up, that could cause a war.

    AT&T's monopoly was broken up because someone in the judical system was offended by someone an executive.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  198. JIM

    My BUDDY Jack Cafferty. This is a no brainer. Joe Biden. He had Roosevelt as president in 1929 and talking on TV which wasn't invented then. He is not very smart and there are rumors he is an alcoholic. No wonder Barack Hussein Obama is Hiden Biden.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  199. Adrian of the Virgin Islands

    If all Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin does is make comments that are later interpreted by mass media and population as "un-intelligent".........You do the math.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  200. e.j.mohammed Washington state

    Every time Ms. Palin opens her mouth she slips up! The moment I heard that voice I knew she was going to be total slip up for McCain! I can not imagine that total slip up in the White house what a slip that would be!! I didn't think anyone could slip up worse that Bush but now we have Queen of the slip ups! She's a bigger joke for late night laughs than Bush is!! She's always slipping that proverbial foot in her mouth along with her ankle leg and knee! Well leave it at that she's a slip up!!!
    E.J. in Tacoma

    October 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  201. Juanita from IN

    Well anyone can slip up and/or make a mistake. However, when it comes to world affairs, I don’t think Gov Palin’s problem would be slipping up. I believe she is more at risk of consciously or unconsciously offending world leaders because of her lack of understanding of world views. That would not be a slip up, that could cause a war.

    AT&T’s monopoly was broken up because someone in the judical system was offended by someone an executive.

    However, in these last days, with so much tension, it could be either one of them, Sen Biden or Gov. Palin.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  202. nancy

    every time palin opens her mouth she slips up.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  203. Katty AK

    I pray it is Sarah Palin..
    We do not need, at this time in our country, a JOKE in the White House.
    I simply cannot believe the ego of this woman.....she, not Bush, is the biggest reason McCain is so far down in the polls – and she thinks I would take another look at her for high office in this country...NO WAY!
    I will always see her interview with Katie Couric – nothing she can do will ever erase that and she has the audacity to blame Katie?

    October 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  204. Jean from Fort Lauderdale

    Sarah Palin has the greater risk of slipping up and not even realizing it. You know how she wants to " get in there with the senate and mix it up". Every time she speaks, unscripted, it's a slip up.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  205. Jeremy - Jacksonville, FL

    Sarah Palin has been saying harmful things since the first time she was in an unscripted situation.

    In your own words, Jack..."There's a reason the McCain campaign keeps Governor Palin away from the press." That was one of the most hilarious segments in the history of news, by the way. I have emailed it to dozens of people.

    When the McCain campaign has not been making ridiculous allegations of Obama "palling around with terrorists," "being a socialist," or "being a baby killer," the remainder of their despicable strategy has been to wait with baited breath for Obama or Biden to make a statement that they can distort to serve their means.

    Biden says Obama will be tested, so they make it seem like he said that the result of Obama winning the election will be a terrorist attack. The new ad showing images of dictators and extremists while they distort Biden's meaning is one of the most sleazy attempts at fear mongering I have ever witnessed. Karl Rove would be proud.

    In reality, Biden is a running mate of substance and accomplishment. Palin is a pretty cheerleader. If she is not reading from a teleprompter, she is a drain on McCain.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  206. E B Atlanta

    Even when Palin is scripted and sticking to talking points she gaffes. The McCain campaign is running on gaffes. Especially, when they attack Obama. When one fact checks the words coming out of McCain or Palin, it is usually misleading or false.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  207. Deanna, Katy Texas

    Palin. Only because when Biden screws up? He does so inadvertantly while Palins screw up are usually out right lies.
    Big difference.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  208. kate

    Jack – I don't know which one will do it first, but after this long election process, it's one of the only things we have left to look forward to!

    Charlottesville, VA

    October 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  209. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    "Chatty Cathy" Sarah Palin,of course. She has become a veritable loose cannon. Joe Biden who?

    October 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  210. Deanna, Katy Texas

    Jim from VA says the media make stuff up regarding Palin.......actually Jim...she has been a gold mine all on her own just by speaking....

    October 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  211. barbara/new jersey

    she is with her friend from Alaska Joe the plumber nice set up she created I heard that on Rick Sanchez show yesterday that he was from Alaska. Gave them both an issue because they have nothing to say

    October 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  212. John in California

    Biden is more likely to say something embarrassing because he speaks honestly and, like most of us, sometimes we don't exactly say the exact meaning.

    Palin doesn't know much, so she HAS to stay on message.

    When Biden slips up, you stilll know who is he and what he stands for.

    Palin, on the other hand, is a campaign creation. When she slips up it means more because it gives us an idea of who she "really" is, away from the handlers.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  213. Dan, Maryland

    That's simple Jack. Sarah Palin is obviously the one could make the biggest slip up. When Biden makes a mistake people still know he at least knows and understands what he's talking about. When Sarah Palin says she has foreign policy experience because she can see Russia from her house people have to pinch themselves to see if this is all a bad dream.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  214. Lori in Battle Creek, MI

    Since we expect that Sarah Palin will slip up on a daily basis, my fear is that Joe Biden will make another blunder as he did last week.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  215. Whitney R.

    Well, I would say palin is more likely to slip up, the woman goes off without her campaigns' permission sayinganything and everything she wants, but If the question is who has a better chance of getting caught slipping up is biden, because palin says outrageous things everyday and were all use to it and its not made to be as big of a deal, but seince biden isn't out in public as much I think the media will tend to make anything he says that sounds remotely negative into a bigger deal then it actually is
    Riverside CA

    October 30, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  216. Julie in LA

    I think every lie and smear from Palin's mouth is a slip up, Jack, so I'd have to pick her.

    October 30, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  217. Elaina

    Palin, She slips everytime she speaks. Ask Tina Fey...

    October 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  218. Tyne from Boulder, Colorado

    How can Palin slip up. She has a script not a brain. So long as she stays to the script the McCain campaign has nothing to worry about...except maybe when the script doesn't fit with questions asked in an interview(remember the Katie Couric interviews?)

    October 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  219. Jamedra

    I’m going to go with Palin.

    The fact of the matter is that all of us are use to Biden’s mouthy missteps. He has an extensive history which helps overshadow his stupid remarks. Palin being a newcomer is much more vulnerable. Pepper in the fact that by all campaign accounts she has “gone rouge” she and she’s liable to say plenty of stupid things.

    Just look at Palin’s “rouge” assertion earlier this week that Obama is associated with yet another terrorist, Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi. If Palin would have run that accusation past the McCain advisors they might have told her that Senator John McCain chaired an organization that funded a Rashid Khalidi- led organization.

    But who needs facts when your getting maverickie!?!?

    Hayward, CA

    October 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  220. nelson

    Jack, Palin wil have a bunch of trouble when she releases her medical records... do we smell fraud!!! you betcha.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  221. Mary From Colorado

    Palin slips up every time she opens her mouth. Lie, lie, lie!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  222. D

    I think Joe will because that's just how he is, and Palin don't know anything to slip up on.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  223. John

    Governor Sarah Palin.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  224. June from Jax, FL

    Joe Biden may may "gaffs" but his gaffs are generally distorted, or taken out of context. I think Joe Biden is one of the most direct, in-your-face politicians, and I love it. Palin, well, unfortunately for republicans Palin is just dumb. Palin's foot (high heels) have been in her mouth since she became the VP candidate.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  225. NORA, Gainesville, FLORIDA

    Hmmm is this really a question Jack? Have you all not been watching the news? Palin has been slipping and sliding since day one.

    Nora, Gainesville, Florida

    October 30, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  226. Bill in Michigan

    I'm sorry, does any one still take what Sarah says seriously? She's her own Saturday Night Live character doing the tour for another 5 days.
    Joe "the politician", though could actually have some bite in his gaff's so close to Tuesday.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  227. Charles from Atlanta

    I think you need add John McCain into this question. Both John and Joe are just old and cannot remember a lot of things. Sarah simply has no idea what she is talking about.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  228. Bea Gallegos

    Absolutely, Sarah Palin!! Would someone please tell her to stop giving speeches about things she has no clue about?? I cannot believe any American would even consider listening to such rhetoric and unintelligible garbage from someone whose intelligence about this country's needs is totally nil and whose so-called "experience" is so limited to 2 years as a governor.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  229. Erick from Texas

    Palin is more likely because as you said Biden is being sheltered now from screwing up the lead. Plus Palin is a goldmine for stupid comments. But i do think that if Biden said anything stupid it would have more impact as we've got used to it with Palin.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  230. Jael

    uh well do we even have to think about it ? Sarah of cource. Maybe we would think otherwise if she knew what she was talking about for a change.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  231. gail Centre, Al.

    As long as everyone has known Biden, they know it's Biden.
    Big mouth Biden. I would be afraid to tell him anything. Any one who makes a statement about T.V. IN 1929, IS STUPID.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  232. Cassandra South Orange , New Jersey

    Joe knows what he is talking about although he is blunt. Palin just uses talking points and doesn't really know what she is talking about. Now that's the difference. Has she learned to explain what a VP does yet????????

    October 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  233. Rico (Orlando)

    i am gonna have to say Gov. Palin and for good reason, Sen. Biden makes speach mistakes but the difference is in most cases he actually knows what he is talking about and simply misspeak Gov. Palin on the other hand has know idea what she is talking about thus she simply goes off in ignorant tangent. I almost feel bad for Sen McCain because 8 years ago i was a major McCain fan. I will also say it is my opinion that neither of these VP contenders are as good as Gov. Crist would have been we would have had a real race had it been McCain/Crist vs Obama/Biden. As it stands we the public has a simply clear choice made easy for us by the fact that Palin shows up on the ballot

    October 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  234. Roxanne

    Most certainly Sarah "Evita" Palin. Her ambition has gotten the best of her, and that big head of hers barely fits through the plane door anymore. She's frustrated that everyone doesn't buy her "Hockey mom" gig, and even more frustrated that she has to follow party prerogatives in this election. If she doesn't button it these next few days she'll say something that will really seal McCain's fate. News flash Ms. Fashion Diva, this is JOHN MCCAIN's presidential election, not yours.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  235. Walter Basnight


    I heard Mr. Biden statementsabout being tested, and something about steel. The economy is getting worse and so many foreign enemy own a big part of this economy and I think the real test may come from a economic situation starting a military conflict and the even another war, we better worry about that steel that was talked about so quickly, it is not steel yet, it has a long way to go. Mr. McCain served in the same military wartime that I did, he is not only steel he is stainless steel. Tried and American True. He is the only one in this race who has what it takes. I am sure this will get buried and not seen, but all I can say is wake up America. It is not about the party now, it is about he only thing that matters – MaCain will be ready.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  236. Toni


    I actually sat in stunned silence for a good several minutes after reading the question, because I couldn't believe it was a serious one. Then I laughed hysterically. No one, NO ONE in their right mind would pick Biden over Palin as more likely to slip up. The woman is a walking punchline.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  237. Mike

    Palin and McCain are like Gilligan and the Skipper like the S.S Minnow who will never get us off their deserted island.

    Obama is that steady, calm captain that can get us through the rough seas and the storms.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  238. Andrea New Mexico

    Palin!! Joe has proven hes a good man, a good choice for VP, putting your foot in your mouth is so much differant than being stupid !!! Palin is not a good choice for VP. and surely not ready to be presidant .

    October 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  239. Teasha, Florida

    Biden is the greater risk. After Palin touted foreign policy experience because of Alaska's proximity to Russia, I don't think she could do more harm than that.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  240. Anthony Smith

    Both of them! Both are wannabe mavericks that need muzzles!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    October 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  241. Shafi Alam

    Sarah Palin talks assuming that McCain is going to loose and keeping an eye on 2112. Joe Biden believes that Barack Obama is winning and he doesn’t have the ambition like Palin. Biden’s one can be interpreted with other good sense.

    Biden has the intellect to be more careful in choosing the words in future.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  242. James in NYC

    You can't slip up if all you ever do is read prepared statements from your campaign. Sarah Palin does not have one thought of her own, literally! So the risk is more on free thinking and talking Joe Biden.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  243. kristi-wa

    Does this question really need to be asked? Palin

    October 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  244. james, Prescott, Michigan

    They are running neck and neck and might just finish as a tie.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  245. RobRoy, Atlanta GA

    Sarah Palin wins this prize hands down since she's been saying harmful things from day one. Joe Biden is always taken out of context.

    Atlanta, GA

    October 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  246. Sherry,

    That is a tough question. I think Joe might but it will be an accident or slip in the moment. If Sarah does it will be to forward her own interests.
    Waynesburg, OH

    October 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  247. L.M.,Arizona

    Toss-up but you have to like Biden as a good choice no matter what he says. He is ready to go to the middle-east,Russia,far-east,and Europe and it won't be a sight seeing tour. Can you say that about the governor.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  248. John in Mukilteo, WA

    Both Biden and Palin are subject to making goofy statements but the difference is that Biden's goofs are obvious goofs, while Palin seems to actually believe hers.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  249. John A. Lebanon, PA

    Sarah Palin, she proved it a few days ago, after the McCain Campaign, had tried to speak on her behalf, concering her wardrobe, and she had to put her, 2 cents in. It is obvious she wants to be heard, no matter what the case may be.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  250. AspenFreePress

    Don't blame Palin if McCain loses. The GOP nominating convention would have had TV ratings through the floor without Palin. Probably on a par with ratings the Democrats would have received had Biden been the nominee and not Obama. As an Aspen journalist, I covered Condoleezza Rice here last summer. She emphasized that "new blood," was needed in the race for President. She was right. Americans are hungry for dynamic new personalities in pollitics. Both Obama and Palen generate enthusiasm. Both draw huge crowds. And both will emerge from this election as winners, no matter who wins and no matter the gaffs by whomever between now and election day. Sterling Greenwood/Aspen

    October 30, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  251. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    I hope and think Mr. Biden can and will stay on message and no matter what happens he is more capable of explaining any of his words whereas Palin is a total different story..in fact there are no comparisons on how each one can slip up...Biden has more life experiences and political knowledge than Palin...Palin is like someone who has much more to slip on and not much to fall back on!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  252. Jim in N.C

    She is the biggest bag of wind I ever seen. I have not heard one thing out of her mouth other than I'll have to get back to you on that (wink wink) God help us if she runs in 2012 never mind I hope she does it will be 4 more years for Obama

    October 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  253. Timothy M. Samoni, NJ

    This decision was difficult. But, I'd have to say Sarah Palin.

    God love him, Joe is a well-meaning guy who speaks his mind and often says some bad things without thinking. Palin, on the other hand, says WORSE things while actually thinking about them first!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  254. Jennifer - Raleigh, NC

    It’s not slipping up, it’s just Palin being all Mavericky. Just like inexperience and ignorance are metaphors for “folksy charm”.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  255. FRED in MI.fdon413

    Well Jack I would say Joe because Sarah is overlooked because of her unexperience. not joe the want-a bee plumber. JOE BIDEN
    fred in ok.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  256. Brett from California

    Wrong question, or at least not really an interesting question.

    Clearly Governor Palin has by far the greatest potential to harm/help her candidate. Biden is essentially a non-entity in this race and regardless of what he says it will have no noticeable impact on this election.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  257. Andrew, Los Angeles, CA

    I'm not really sure what can be defined as slipping up anymore. We've heard more insanity out of the mouths of politicians this election season than during any other race in our history. It wouldn't matter if Palin and Biden were locked up in isolation booths until election day. Some lesser political figure would step up to keep the crazy train rolling. When all is said and done, Obama might win simply by being the least ridiculous.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  258. Adena from Dallas

    I just love Biden, he says what most people are thinking and we get a good laugh sometimes. Now, Palin on the other hand speaks without thought. I wonder why Dem's are asses and while the Republican's are clearly asses for choosing Palin? Someone mixed up the mascots!

    October 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  259. Ann C

    Palin of course.....she is the dumbest.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  260. Jason from IL

    Joe Biden's only curse is being a little too frank when speaking his mind. Whenever Palin speaks, you're left wondering how on earth someone so blissfully ignorant could get this high on the ladder of power.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  261. Eric in ATL

    I believe the next slip up will come from Palin. It will come in the form of something related the 2012 presidential election.

    Joe will be Joe. His slip ups do not catch anyone off guard.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  262. Lena, Madison~ Alabama

    As much as I love Biden, I think he has more potential to slip up, only because he's long-winded. He doesn't know when to stop. Sarah Palin on the other hand slips up anytime she goes off her talking points.

    So the break down is this Jack, have a long conversation with Biden and it's evident he will slip up. Get Palin away from her aides for half a second and she will slip up immediately.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  263. lynnej

    Palin hands down.

    What gets me is her indifference at one of her recent rallies where a racial epithet was utttered for all to hear and she did nothing. She didn't stop in mid-speech and say that wasn't nice. She did nothing but stutter and go on with her speech.

    And they claim to be the 'real change' party. Not to me. That incident tells me that she along with McCain would be even more divisive.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  264. John

    Mc Pelin

    October 30, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  265. Renee Baggett

    I know that Senaator Joe Biden sometimes opens mouth and inserts foot, but he is seasoned, familiar with the constitution and definitely knows what the vice president's job is. I put my vote on Obama/Biden.

    I have packed on the pounds in front of my television and computer watching the train wreck that is Sarah Pallin. As with any accident you can not look away.

    October 30, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  266. Joyce in Florida

    That's easy, Jack. Flip a coin.

    A better question would be, "Who is most likely to lie to the American people?" On that one, there's no contest. Sarah Palin wins hands down.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  267. hurriCAIN PALIN

    biden just rants on and on, palin gets work done

    October 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  268. Kerry

    Sarah has been slipping up since she quit reading the prompter at the Republican convention and she can't stop because she has shown time and time again her dribbling comments and rhetoric.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  269. Lane Owens

    Sarah Palin will probably make another gaff because she is always talking off script. Of course this is what has endeared her to Alaskan's.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  270. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    That's a toss up Jack.
    The one positive sign is in reference to Palin. Apparently she has better adaptability to learn from her stumbles and not repeat them. Biden on the other hand has been in the national news for as long as I can remember–and he continues to stick his big foot in his mouth.

    So I guess the answer would be Palin–because she doesn't generally repeat bad moments.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  271. Paul Martin

    Hurst, Texas

    Joe Biden.

    Any indication from him that socialism is in the wind, will strike fear into the undecided voters. This would play right into the GOP's hands.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  272. Dionne

    Um Jack, Sarah already has by implying untruths about Barack, the VP position, not being able to name certain magazines or newspapers, etc.

    Joe Biden on the other hand, does have to gird his tongue also.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  273. chris

    Why is it that during Sarah Palins recent speech most of the people behind her are children who arent even old enough to vote? Are they just trying to fill the room???

    October 30, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  274. Not Surprised

    Without a doubt Palin! Why, because she is on a mission of destruction. The only problem is that her misguided rhetoric only serves to divide Americans.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  275. Randy Smith

    Hey Jack,
    You represent the better part of most Dems and Libs, bitter and angry. I have been asking you to retire Jack. Please do, or perhaps you can get some really late night gig where somebody might listen to you.
    May tomorrow be as bitter for you as you are yet again today!

    October 30, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  276. Linda C.

    I can say for a fact that Sarah Plin has slipped up because she is only saying what she thinks needs to be said and the fact that John McCain and Sarah Palin both have taken words out of context and to be honesty that is not right nor is it fair because they are doing and saying whatever they feel will win them the votes, but guess what it is not going to happen because Obama/Biden are the true mavricks.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  277. Darren

    The one facing another ethics investigation, for charging the State to have her kids travel with her on business.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  278. Lori in Illinois

    Definitely Palin. She can barely put together a coherent sentence unless it's scripted for her...but lately she's been feeling so "maverickie" that she's straying from the script more and more...much to the chagrin of the GOP.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  279. Alice

    I believe Sarah Palin is more apt to slip up. She takes no interview questions regarding foreign policy and only speaks what is written for her by her campaign party. She should know right from wrong when it comes to lying (maybe her parent's never taught her it is better to be honest than to lye as lying only comes back to haunt you). SHAME ON HER FOR SAYING THE THINGS SHE HAS SAID.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  280. Wisconsin Girl

    Looks like the Obama staffers have really jumped on this one.

    Sarah Palin is a smart woman and boy does that scare the Democrats. An independent thinker – a concept foreign to the liberals.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  281. rob wall

    Whatever Joe Biden say, he means. Whatever Palin says needs to be translated several times. I bvote for clear thinking.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  282. David

    That's a no brainer. Palin slipped up when she excepted McCain's offer to be his running mate.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  283. Keith, Missouri

    In every single rally, interview, commercial, 95% of what Palin blurts is misleading, or outright lies. So additional slip ups no longer matter. If people haven’t put 2 and 2 together by now, they never will. Even though she has stolen from her state, violated ethics law, as well as lied and deceived. Biden is the only one that can slip up now. Isn’t that right Sarah? *wink*

    October 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  284. Fran of Huntington, NY

    Yes Biden can say things that make you shake your head, however, that shrill Palin voice is a constant irritation which makes it difficult to hear anything she is saying. And for a Christian women she tells a lot of lies, shame on you Sarah. I can't wait for her to back to Alaska. At this point it is up to Obama and McCain to make or break this election.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  285. Daniel

    As far as what you call gaffes it would be Biden but Palin is looking out for he own political future so I would think we will see her going off script as the polls widen.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  286. kevin R. in San Francisco

    Well, Palin has said a whole bunch of harmful things in the last couple of months (i'm sure we all remember the Curic interiview) and her party doesn't seem to mind at all. So, with that in mind, I would say Biden is the most at risk of saying something harmful because the Democrats actually listen to what their candidates have to say. If Biden makes a huge gaff, there could be consequences, if Palin makes (another) huge gaff, she's just an outsider.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  287. molly British columbia, canada

    I think Palin is the perfect example of the Peter Principal! She says her favorite place to shop is a consignment store in Anchorage. I guess that is when she is picking up the tab but high end stores – Saks, etc. is when R NC is paying. I'm sure if John McCain were honest when asked if he-regrets picking her he would respond as he did to Dave Letterman ""I screwed up!""

    October 30, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  288. Palin/WRONG WOMAN

    Palin rots minds...Her shrill voice and immoral lies have hurt our country. Her party puts out filth and distributes it through churches to very impressionable people who rely on their churches for TRUTH. All that is just sickening. That is where the right has gone so wrong. The better people are Obama and all the diverse supporters who have been very kind, intelligent and more .visionary than the old guard that won't go away...

    Biden is still a statesman. If he opens mouth to switch feet at least what he says still makes sense and no one gets hurt. I would trust him to negotiate with any government, or country and we'll be better for it.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  289. Allene McComb

    I think Joe Biden has the greatest chance of slipping up because Sarah Palin has already demonstrated that she is a know nothing and I don't see how she can top herself at this point. Remember, she said can see Russia from her house and that constitutes, according to her, foreign policy experience! Senator Biden loves to discuss issues and sometimes, despite being very knowledgeable and capable, what he says doesn't come out the way he intends or he makes a statement that can be distorted by the Rovian acolytes on the Republican side. Allene, Leawood, KS

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |

    Jack – it all depends on your point of view, Biden was chosen to help Obama govern. I am no longer sure why Palin was chosen except to prep for her 2012 run for president, no doubt with Joe the Plumber in the VP slot. I'll take my chances with Biden making a verbal error over the terrfiying prospect of the other two let loose any where. God help us!

    October 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  291. Leah - Virginia Beach, VA

    Palin. She's the one more likely to say something that would infuriate the general public in one way or another. Biden's gaffes are pretty much silenced now anyway.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  292. Mike M, Indiana

    Unless one of them pulls an Elizabeth Dole and pronounces the opposition "Godless", no one is paying much attention to what they're saying now.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  293. Janice Pound

    Joe's gaffs were ones hardly worth mentioning and certainly wouldn't influence my choice of candidates. Sometimes gaffs tell you what the person is really thinking.Now that the people of Alaska are finding the truth about the real Gov. Palin I doubt she'll be re-elected in Alaska, and we won't have to contend with her in the future.Incidentally, if you would look up the word socialism and compare it to words spoken by Obama you'll find there is no connection.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  294. andrea

    What McCain could do is to explain a political agenda that goes beyond attacks against Obama, that confesses to the voters that Palin was a mistake which he regrets, and that he will NERVER mention Joe the plumber EVER again.
    As long as he continues however to insult the intelligent voters with his retoric and choices of running mateS, there is no hope for him!

    October 30, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  295. nancy whitley

    i pray to god mcain and palin do not win this race. when mccain picked pailn he dug his own grave. when this is over and they loose mccain do not turn ur back pailn will be ready to strike.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  296. J. Scott

    Probably Senator Palin. With Obama leading in all the polls, there's no need for Biden to commit another "gaff." Moreover, since McCain is obviously desperate, he will probably encourage Palin to "attack" Obama with more false accusations which only hurts the McCain campaign. After all, McCain has chosen the low road in the campaign and continues to do so to his discreit.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  297. Kelly in Derby, KS

    Joe made ONE little gaff. How many has Sarah done and the campaign is always trying to fix it! She wins this hands down!

    October 30, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  298. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    If he gets really pissed, Obama will have to checkhis 6. Biden's mouth versus Obama's sleek, suave, outer shell. My problem is who is Obama and what does he really believe? His association with terrorists, ministers that preach hate (and it only took 22 years to leave the ministers church), etc. And remember, he NEVER VOTED in the Senate against the Iraq Wae. He was a member of the Illinois Senate!

    October 30, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  299. Swamp Rat from Louisiana

    That depends,

    Biden is a given, but his gaffs will go un-noticed as the liberal media will sweep it under the rug.

    Palin will be noticed however but her slip-ups will be manufactured based on sound bites and exploited on prime time.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  300. Fred

    Of course, that would be Palin. I live in Norway, I have been in the USA for a total of 14 days of my 27 year life. I know more about american politics than that woman.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  301. Susan from Texas

    Let's see it's "Mariionette Maverick" vs. "the Gaff Machine." That's a tough one. Let's see it's "dumb as an oyster" vs. "doesn't know when to shut-up" It has to be Palin, as she's already ruined McCain's chances, as well as now sounding like she's throwing him under the bus. Biden just might not have done that to Obama yet. He needs to stick to the script and SMILE. Palin can go shopping.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  302. Thom Richer

    What they say won't hurt either candidate. It is who they are that is important to Obama and McCain. Joe Biden's character is not an issue for Obama. He puts his foot in his mouth frequently enough but is not malicious nor does he spin or mislead in what he says. Palin, on the other hand, takes her cues from McCain and his campaign people and spouts nasty half-truths and innuendoes directed towards Obama. Neither Palin nor McCain attack the issues but merely focus on debasing Obama, far too much and that is what will hurt now. So, basically, whatever Palin says from now 'till Tuesday will only help Obama and Biden. A little faux pas from either running mate at this point will not hinder their candidates chances.

    Negaunee, MI

    October 30, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  303. Neatha from Kansas City

    I think that people expect harmless slips from Biden that are just cute, but when Palin opens her mouth, it could be anything from a pure lie to goodness only knows what. Apparently she is now running for the office in 2012. I would have to pay the Governor is at greater risk.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  304. Winton from Alaska

    I would say it is Palin who will say something harmful. She has been trying to link Senator Obama to every baddie she can think of. Knowing that she and McCain are losing may make her say something really off the cuff that she hopes will convince the nation that Senator Obama is a closet bad guy. It may be something that hurts a lot of people in the nation, maybe something about Obama's racial heritage.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  305. Elaine Dunbar - South Carolina

    I think Sarah Pallin will – She has the most experience in telling lies and making up answers that fit her agenda.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  306. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Well, Jack, I have to go with .........Palin! This woman has been traveling from state to state, telling Americans that "there is a real America" and that "there are anti-American parts of our country"!!!!

    I don't know about the rest of the folks, but this, American LOVES her country enough to vote for Sen. Obama and for CHANGE!

    Palin insults me, when she questions, anyones Patriotism!

    October 30, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  307. Gary H. Johnson, Jr.

    Here is an exercise for ya...google this phrase "Obama NY Times Hezbollah"...read the May 16th op-ed article that comes up – Obama Admires Bush. I think Obama said it all – Hamas and Hezbollah have legitimate claims according to Obama – how could Biden possibly make a worse statement than that?

    Perhaps CNN should look into that statement and get some clarification from Biden on what Obama really meant.

    Gary Johnson,
    Gray, GA

    October 30, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  308. Kurt- Chicago

    Biden for sure, Palin has already lowered her bar, she's filled about a month's worth of "palinisms" already in my calendar.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  309. Travis in Dallas, TX

    Sarah Palin has said so many outrageous things during the course of the campaign that I'm not sure she would be able to outdo herself in the final week...but since she apparently enjoyed going off-script as of late, I'm sure she'll come out and say something ridiculous that will be the final nail in the McCain campaign's coffin. Something like, "I, Sarah Palin, declare my bid for the Presidency of the United States of America in 2012."

    October 30, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  310. Dawn from Baltimore

    Joe Biden, God Love Him! He will probably be the one. As much as people think Sarah is stupid but she is a smart lady and heaven help us if she gets anywhere near the White House. She reminds me of a facade of nicety and underneath, calculating, intelligent, sneaky and spitefull.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  311. Kayla

    Well, it's hard to tell Jack.
    On one hand you've got Palin, who's said so many stupid things that America no longer cares what spews out of her mouth.
    On the other hand you have Biden, who hasn't said much, but has the potential of pulling a "Palin."
    All Biden has to do is keep his mouth shut and he'll be OK.
    Melbourne, Fla

    October 30, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  312. Cliff, Front Royal,VA

    The trouble with Biden is as always, his mind is on vacation and his mouth is in overdrive.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  313. Alex

    Jack, Obama fans should pray Biden looses his voice. If he doesn't loose his voice, he'll harm Obama by saying something stupid.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  314. David in San Diego

    Palin. Although Biden says unpolitic things from time to time, he makes sense, you know what he is saying, and he gets some credit for blunt honesty. Palin has silly ideas, when she has ideas at all, and if she departs from the script she is in trouble.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  315. Lucy, Miami, FL

    Palin, in her short experience on the road has beaten Joe's lifetime record. Joe means well he just says it wrong.

    October 30, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  316. Lisa

    Palin....hands down. Joe may be famous for making gaffes, but he's also smart enough to know when to shut up – look at the VP debate which he nailed. Unfortunately Palin doesn't have the experience to know when to shut her mouth and when combined with a desperate campaign we're looking at a potential goldmine of Palin gaffes.

    Lisa in Calgary

    October 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  317. Sally Sue 123

    Sarah Palin is the greatest risk to McCain since she is planning her future without him. It's obvious that she blames him and the way she was handled for her increasing lack of popularity.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  318. Colleen

    Joe Biden of course. I haven't listened to Sarah Palin for months.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  319. Mike

    Palin for sure....her lack of knowledge has been astounding. As we have seen in the past, all it takes is one gosh darn hard question like, "what do you read?", and she stumbles.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  320. Scott

    Sarah Palin is a far greater risk to produce a gaffe than Joe Biden. Joe is at least smart enough to know better and understands the wisdom that a closed mouth gathers no foot.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  321. Lori K.

    You're kidding me, right? All Palin has to do is open her mouth and things go downhill for McCain.
    Everybody knows that all Biden meant when he said that Obama would be challenged by an international crisis is that he COULD be..the potential is THERE. People love to take things too literally. But come on, we all know he just left one little word out.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  322. Aaron Kinney

    Joe Biden is more likely to make a gaffe if only because he thinks and speaks from his own mind. Palin is a pull-string doll, memorizing the platitudes and catch phrases handed to her and trained not to wander off script.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  323. Brittany

    Jack at this point it would be more of a surprise to hear Sarah Palin say something intelligent! Every time I hear her speak I cringe at the thought that she could potentially be our president. Yikes!!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  324. Lisa, San Diego

    Palin is probably a greater risk because she may go off-script as the party gets desperate before Tuesday. As her folks fight with McCain's folks about strategy, she may veer off a bit. Hopefully Biden can stay on-message and not feel the same sense of panic going into the elections.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  325. Eric, Ottawa Canada

    In my opinion it will be Palin – by an Alaskan mile.

    For someone alleged to be an Evangelical Christian, she certainly doesn't appear to be conducting herself in a manner that sets her apart from any of the other "worldly" politicians. Palin isn't about the Lord - she is all about herself.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  326. Casey

    Everytime Palin opens her mouth, more Independents jump on Obama's train. Biden may have stumbled a couple of times, but he speaks coherently about issues that Americans want to hear about, and he is able to keep a likability factor. Sarah Palin only appeals to the far right with her hate speeches.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  327. Morris

    Sarah Palin has caused as much damage "as only she could" to the Republican Ticket. I don't think any gaffe will top that. Not in 4 days, not in a million years.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  328. Ted

    Joe Biden is definitely the greater risk. The Palin followers eat up whatever she says, no matter how ignorant a comment. The blind leading the blind.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  329. addie / Altanta

    When Joe Biden makes a gaffe, it's generally a mis-statement that he can explain if the press plays it back in it's entirety.

    When Sarah Palin makes a gaffe, it's generally a lie or pure fabrication on her part because she gets her talking points from Sean Hannity and the John McCain advisors over at Fox News. In other words, she has no original ideas only what she is fed, oftentimes misinformation. I think this is more serious. Thank God we just have 4 days left.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  330. Noelle lueck

    My money is on Palin she is a maverick and Joe is just rhetorical, hey does that count being off message if your rhetorical cause than i gotta give it to Joe the plumber

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  331. Gideon, Ga

    Gov. Palin, of course! Quite frankly, I feel bad for her sometimes. It's as though she was tossed into this political mess because of a politcal stunt that backfired

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  332. Andrew Drahos

    Joe Biden, hands down! Sarah Palin has been consistent this election with making huge public mistakes. Another one from Palin would probably be tossed aside as Palin, well....just being Palin. I don't think Palin can hurt McCain worse anymore than she already has. Obama with his momentum has a lot to loose right now. Joe needs to sit back, keep his mouth shut, and get ready for his new office.

    West Lafayette, Indiana

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  333. John M. Imperiale

    Jack, Joe Bidemn might say something than could be interpreted wrong, but Sarah Palin could say something that defies interpretation. Biden knows what he's talking about. Palin does not have a clue if she isn't reading the party line. The big risk: Palin by a wide margin!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  334. Suzanne Ithaca NY

    Jack, They both slip up - but when Sarah makes her gaffs, she insults entire blocks of voters (East and West Coast, urban, EDUCATED). The number may be even, but only Sarah swayed my vote with hers.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  335. Jose


    Read my lips: Governor Sarah Palin!

    This lady is so out of touch and wacky, she’s scaring Republicans IN TEXAS! Her comments have generated more Democrat support than the previous two presidential candidates in 2000 and 2004. She’s a great voice as to why you should be voting Democrat. It proves that our education system is in dire straights and we do need an army of new teachers.

    If John McCain was a smart man, he’d walk over to Joe the Plumber’s garage. While they talk about Joe’s missing the rally, grab some duct tape for Sarah and apply generously.

    Sarah Palin is scaring the moderate and centrist conservaties, most of the independents, and 99% of democrats. She keeps this up and it just might be a landslide victory.

    Jose, Carrollton, TX

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  336. Curtis Edmonds

    Sarah Palin of course. She has shown her stupidity and ingnorance, and of course she has little to no info on Foreign policy. if Mccain wins she'll be tossed into the closet of the oval office. and to Mrs. palin, stop taking joe the plumber with you to rallies...we dont like him very much, gimmicks aren't very attractive.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  337. Chelsea H.

    I guarantee it won't be Biden. He's on Obama "lock down"...and you know how well disciplined this camp is Jack. Yeah, it will be Dorothy (Palin) as she continues to drift through Munchkin land.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  338. Thalie from FL

    Jack it's obvious that it would be Sarah Palin. evertime she opens her mouth nonsense come out.. she never talk about the real american issues...
    Thalie. FL

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  339. Patrick

    Sarah Palin. She is obviously not playing on the same team as Mccain.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  340. Jameal

    Sarah Palin hands down, but Joe Biden is giving her a run for her money with what he's been saying lately.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  341. Grant

    Joe Biden could certainly cause more problems for his campaign than Palin can. Lucky for Gov. Palin, you can't lose what you don't have.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  342. andrea from MA

    biden is just a working class joe who is older and does not know all the politically correct words but he has been doing better not to say gaffes so he is not the liability. palin on the other hand has foot in mouth disease and maccain knows he made a big mistake with her she has been the nail in the coffin for maccain !!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  343. Jeremy

    Well, I as an Obama supporter would love to say Palin, but I really think neither they've got both those kids wrapped as tight as sushi!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  344. John In Newfield NY

    I dont see how Palin can slip up any more ! She has already made herself look like a presidential barbie doll interested in her appearance more than REAL voters! As far as Biden goes , he could possibly slip up but I doubt very much it will affect the results. America is tired of Bush's policies and all McCain and Palin are offering is a negative Campaign attacking Obama followed by 4 more years of Bush policies , while Obama stands tall and tells us about how he will help us to repair the Bush damage , not who John McCain hung around with 10 years ago. If anyone is going to look like a fool , it will be palin . . . . .AGAIN !

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  345. Clair Russell

    Well Jack, I would have to say Palin and for this reason, Biden is an itelligent politician who knows the laws of this great country, Palin is an ex beauty queen who thinks if elected she'll be in charge of the Senate. I know what Joe meant when he said "Obams would be tested" and anyone who thinks it means he's inviting an attack is a complete moron or a republican, you choose.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  346. Brian T. Jones

    I think it's very interesting that all of a sudden we aren't hearing from Sen. Biden. I think it's quite obvious that Sen. Biden is the biggest risk for a slip up. I think going back to the primary season that Biden and Obama are not on the same page and aren't as "close" as the Time magazine pictures and others would have us believe. I believe that the race is tightening quite a bit and these last days will be fantastic.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  347. Barry Cohen

    Risk? Everything that comes out of Sara Palins mouth is an outright attack and lie! Between Her and McCains lies they have already blown their chances to win. All Biden has to do is stay low key and coast to the finish line.

    Barry Cohen
    Durango Colorado

    October 30, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  348. Michael Scanlon-Newmarket Ontario

    Biden has had many years of living under the microscope with federal governments. Palin is more accustomed to chatting at the consignment store...With that, I look forward to Sarah messed up yet again.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  349. LeLe

    Hands down....Palin! However, Biden's slipups will probably carry more weight because no one takes Palin serious anyway. She's ridiculous!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  350. BRIAN

    well sarah has her moments and so does joe but everybody makes mistakes but sarah seems to make the most so wee will se.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  351. Josh, NY

    Jack, After the report Wolf just gave, I think we need to put McCain on the top of that list!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  352. John C. Bonser

    Why Oh why cannot we hear the end of the Biden Quote? Did he not end that we would discover that Obama has a "backbone of stee!"? It really changes the meaning of what preceeds it.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  353. Terri in Lakewood

    Oh Boy....Both, Sen. Biden, though knowledgable & sincere, offers Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin fodder for foolishness. Gov. palin has yet to completed a full sentence! GOD Bless the United States!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  354. Brenda Jameson

    The damage to the Republican ticket has already been done...they are going downhill fast so anything Palin says could only accelerate their slide. On the other hand, any remark made by either Bidden or Obama that can be taken on by the Republicans could make a difference, causing a shift in the direction they are going now.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  355. Kina, A Veteran in NYC

    First of all, Gov. Palin can't say anything more to hurt the republican campaign. She is the definition of "slipping up". The democrats are more at risk with Sen. Biden "gaffes", but I'm sure he realizes what's at stake so he's gonna bite his tongue a little.

    Obama/Biden 08.


    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  356. BJ/Arizona

    No doubt Biden, he just doesn't think before he speaks. God help the United States of America if we let someone in the White House without any experience and someone who can't keep his mouth shut.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  357. Ran from Arizona

    Jack – Without question, Sarah Palin. When Joe Biden gaffs, there's still a sense that he's honest, if opinionated. Sarah Palin has already made her worst gaffs based on ignorance, but in the days ahead, her ambition for 2012 will continue to undo her and the McCain campaign.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  358. Paul Beshouri

    Biden is the greater risk at this point. Sarah Palin has made some of the worst publicity errors I've ever seen from a politician; she can't hurt her campaign much more. Biden, however, is seen as an experienced politician and any blunder, like the 'international crises' one he just had, will instantly be used against him by republicans.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  359. Karen

    Sarah Palin doesn't seem to know when to shut up; and doesn't seem to care if she sticks to a script. I don't think anyone can control her rant. Besides, she sees herself as more than just a vice presidential pick.....more like the President in 2012.
    Karen in New Mexico

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  360. Millie Burke

    Sarah Paling of couse, everytime she opens her mouth something stupid come out of it. When Joe Biden made that comment everyone has been talking about, there was a lot more to it than what the media keeps showing, he was actually complementing Obama on being more than capable of handling any crisis, this whole thing has just been twisted by the McCain campaing and the media.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  361. John, Ft Lauderdale, Florida

    He shoots from the hip, ducks, then talks his way out of his gaffs.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  362. Lou

    Palin-she a rougue in rouge. She is already burying McCain's chances to be president in her rush for a Republican nomination in 2012. Someone should tell her one election at a time. McCain's concession speech should begin when talking about Ms. Palin, "et tu brute"

    October 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  363. Dee-Canada

    Quietly observing from North of the Border and the impression from here is that Joe Biden may be the one to slip up as he knows the issues, is a powerful speaker although sometimes a long speaker, and he actually has opinions of his own. Sarah Palin however, only reads what she is handed so if she has a slip up it would have to be attributed to someone on Senator McCains team of mishandlers.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  364. kelly from SP

    Biden's been around for many years we know he know he loves to talk and is expected a gaffe every now and then. But we can rest assure Biden is very knowledgable and knows his stuff. However Palin's slip ups is different because hers is stupidity, not knowing political questions and making inaccurate statements, and sometimes skipping the subject to hide the fact she doesn't have a clue of what is expected of VP and President.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  365. Joy Ellen

    Joe Biden is more likely to say something that is misused by McCain/Palin, but that is because anything that anyone says might be misused by McCain/Palin. Biden's comment about difficulties to come for the next President have been hammered by McCain/Palin while they ignore the very same comment from their own Joe Lieberman. Palin's missteps are not exploited to the same extent by Obama/Biden because the Obama/Biden campaign have been MUCH MORE restrained and classy

    Yardley, PA

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  366. Craig Armstrong

    Palin by far. When Biden commits one of his oral gaffes, it usually contains a kernel of unvarnished truth. With Palin, it is a whole cornfield of stupidity. Voters can tell the difference.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  367. Janie T

    Joe Biden is such a loose cannon. He is subconsciously letting his true distrust and fears about Obama slip out. No wonder they hide him. He is too risky. God forbid he would ever become our President!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  368. Marty Fleischman

    This is a no brainer! Palin is a space cadet who doesn't seem to think on her own. If she is not pre-programmed, she isn't capable of coherent independent thought.

    Biden on the on the other hand is a seasoned, experienced politician who can make mistakes and shoot from the hip, but he knows how to handle himself at this most important point in the campaign!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  369. Richard Kanocz

    Definitely Biden. There is nothing that Palin can say that could damage McCain's train wreck of a campaign. Biden on the other hand might possibly do harm with another gaffe.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  370. Somesh Saxena

    In a few weeks, Sarah Palin has shown how she has picked up. I am amazed at Joe Biden, after a lifetime of washington politcs, he comes up with these ridiculous statments. Reflects once again at poor judgement of Mr Obama.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  371. Elle from Pullman, WA

    Honestly, I'm surprised at Palin. She's made a few gaffes, but she's stepped up in the last week or two and shown us a little more of who she really is. And it seems that Biden, normally all over the press, has switched to Palin's original position of "hide from the media". So I think Palin is more likely to slip up, but really in the next 5 days I highly doubt any slip-ups will make much difference in the race anyway.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  372. Mark

    Joe Biden has the potential to affect the election. Palin has made so many stupid comments, I don't think many people follow what her rants say. If she brings up this Joe the Plumber again as a poster child for the small business owner, I am going to puke. BTW, Joe T. Plumber reminds me of an old cartoon caracterm, Raglin T. Tiger.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  373. sam raf

    Biden has a great heart but sometimes words come out not reflecting his heart. It is often best to keep lips closed when not sure it helps the ticket.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  374. Inathaelle Pigne

    I believe Palin will do a great job at saying something wrong; She doesn't take any advice from no one,

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  375. Lois from Pittsburgh

    Jack we watch you every day, and always enjoy your commentary. In answer to your question. Palin, lost ball high weeds.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  376. Leticia


    Definitely Palin. Joe has the experience to back up his gaffe and Palin has only hurt herself more and more with her gaffes. She has no experience. I don't know what McCain was thinking!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  377. Graham

    In these closing days – who is greatest risk of saying something harmful? Only you, Jack. Only you. Well, maybe, Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann................

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  378. Val Kisanga

    Jack, I would say Joe Biden.. not because he would say something that would have a greater impact on Obama's campaign.. but its because people do not expect Palin to say anything smart anyway.. it wont suprise me she asks "What Halloween.. in what sense?"

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  379. gary wingo

    Palin. Her IQ won't help her enough to DEFINE her possible job description. She needs to trade her gray matter for one of those moose, it would be an improvement.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  380. BAM in Maine

    Sarah Palin is the big risk. She has alienated more of us than Joe Biden ever could. Joe Biden knows he will preside over the senate and nott show up to head it and participate in the senate agenda. He won't waste our time watching Alaska from his house or hunting moose. And Joe Biden is literate – Palin can't put two sentences together – she should be in the Bush cabinet – can you imagine diagraming Palin or Bush's speeches?

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  381. Bill

    Biden, hands down, as he is completely inept

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  382. Molly

    Definately Palin. Whenever this woman opens her mouth she lies, misrepresents and distorts. She is desperate and will do or say anything not bothering to let the truth stand in the way of applause from her base. Trouble will be in keeping her story straight these last few days...you know the old saying...Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  383. Diane from Atlanta

    Biden, for sure. He seems not focused and just goes off on his own screwy thinking. I think he is still shocked he got picked as VP and is so impressed with himself.
    By the way, from what I've heard, aneurisms are more deadly than McCain's problems. You can drop dead without too many prior symptoms. Something to think about.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  384. Nicholas

    Obama is the star of the Democratic ticket. Palin is the star of the GOP ticket. Odds are Sarah still has lots of potential to embaress herself and the McCain campagn. Maybe she will make out with Joe the Plumber, or promise to make him her running mate in 2012.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  385. Bren

    Jack, Jack, definitely Palin, Palin, Palin... I'm worried she's setting woman back and reduces our changes of running for positions of high offices, like the POTHUS, in the future. i.e. she's a risk to everyone...This time looks don't count

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  386. Odile LaComb

    Well, they're both loose cannons. . . Foghorn Leghorn or Tinkerbell take your pick. At least Obama is communicating with Biden where I don't feel McCain is monitoring Palin very closely.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  387. lyndsay, Brooklyn,NY

    Picking Palin was a mistake and there's a big chance that Biden will do better than her. if we take a shot at palin's interviews, she has no useful, exceptional comments on issues. everything she said are just cliche of speeches!!! Biden really fits.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  388. Neal Stevens

    The answer is obvious. On the one hand, with McCain, you have a campaign out of control and a Presidential candidate out of control. With Obama, from the beginning, you've had the most disciplined campaign in generations - and a Presidential Candidate who knows how to control it.

    When Biden goes off the track, he's quietly brought under control.

    When Palin goes off track, McCain can't reign her in. There's nothing but in-fighting and back-biting.

    Gives you a sense of how each would handle the job of President, doesn't it?

    Neal Stevens

    October 30, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  389. Steven McMacken

    Are you kidding? Palin wins this one hands down. A few days ago she ridiculed invaluable fruit fly research because she thought it was just another indication of government waste. The woman is an ignoramus.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  390. viviana davies

    Joe Biden makes slip ups that have some substance behind them. He may get a fact wrong here or there, or go into unnecessary imbellishments, yet, behind these, he has understanding of the issues.

    Sara Palin is like a student cramming for a test. She makes the errors because she lacks the experience to understand the concepts behind the issues. She is regurgitating information without the substance of true knowledge. This lack of awareness is a far more dangerous situation than Joe Biden's booboos.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  391. Gail, Lafayette Indiana

    Palin, without a doubt. She is already spewing hate harmful to our country every time she opens her mouth. Biden might say something stupid, yes. But he won't come close to the causing the long term damage that Sarah Palin is doing by dividing our country.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  392. Yvette

    Jack, why would people want to trust McCain? He has voted with Bush in every failure this Country has suffered. I am just beginning to hear McCain say he's going to help the People of America, All before, He only spoke about what Obama want to take from the Rich. McCain would do more harm to this country that has already been done. His running mate, She's in the race to win for herself. She has yet to say what she will do to help this USA economy. There are too many People hurting, crying, in agony and suicidal to take the same risk with John McCain & Sarah Palin! No Matter what, or how, they try to roll the dirt on Mr Obama, My workers, Friends, Family Members and Neighbors will still vote for be Voting for the Man with the Strong Hand! None other than Mr. Barack Obama....

    Y. Clark
    Miami, Florida

    October 30, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  393. Jeff from South Bend, IN

    For those who think Sarah Palin is qualified to be President after what we've heard from her so far, there is NOTHING she could say that would change their minds.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  394. ron

    Biden...Palin has done all the damage to McCain she can

    October 30, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  395. Susan, Asheville NC

    I would have to say that Governor Palin has the greatest risk of a verbal "slip up", but only because the Obama campaign has decided to basically minimize additional Senator Biden's gaffes by essentially shutting him up these last few days!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  396. Bill

    Biden, hands down, as he is completely inept.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  397. Marilyn

    Since Joe Biden is "shrink-wrapped" and Sarah Palin's "running off at the mouth" I would think she stands the greatest chance of saying something wrong. I, personally, didn't take Joe's remarks the way, it seems, most people did. He was, after all, speaking to an Obama rally and the facts are the facts. I also took it to mean "any President" will be tested with the proof being the past. Guess I might be a little more open minded than some!

    Fascinated Observer from Halifax, Nova Scotia

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  398. Vinny, Pittsburgh, PA

    The Obama camp put the reigns on Biden after his "gaff." The McCain camp lets Palin go on and on. It shows the focus of both campaigns. McCain has been out of control for months. Obama is in control of his campaign and this General Election.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  399. Henry Otulle Eke

    Who else but Palin? She might tell us that Obama is a Communist, Hindu, Monk or a human eater.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  400. Beth P in NJ

    We've gotten to know Sarah Palin, and I for one am not impressed. Now it would be more of a shock if she actually said something intelligent.

    Obama doesn't need Biden to make another gaffe gift to McCain's campaign.

    Given the choice of either of those two things happening? Biden's more at risk.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  401. Tim in Dallas, TX


    We have no Idea of knowing who is going to slip up in the last few days before all of this is over. The only difference is if it is Joe Biden at least his goof will be a coherent grammatically correct statement versus Sarah Palins incessant ramblings. You can put lipstick on a hockey mom but your education and understanding of the English language will alway show.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  402. Christine

    Biden is going to make a stupid comment. He already has made some dumb statements.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  403. Nancy

    Sarah Palin is smarter than both Obama and McCain put together. Democrats are just too stupid to see that. That's why so many of you are on welfare!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  404. Jim Finley Ontario Canada

    Palin. Palin is a republican Parrot with no grasp of the issues. She repeats what she is fed. Biden talks alot, but his most recent 'gaffe' wasn't a 'gaffe' at all. He knows the issues. Obama will be tested, but so would have mcCain. The Couric interview was scary. This women is totally unqualified and Americans surely see her transparency.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  405. Katie

    Are you kidding, Jack? Sarah Palin screws up every time she opens her mouth !

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  406. Lois Jackson

    Every time I see Sarah Palin I expect to see her pole dancing.

    What in the world would we do if she became president someday? Just nothing upstairs.

    On the other hand Joe Biden is a good guy. Very realistic and honest. What's that all about?

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  407. David in Old Hickory TN

    Biden is like the relative at Thanksgiving Dinner whose Bravado get the best of him on occasion.

    Palin is like the schoolteacher who scratches her fingernails down the Chalkboard to give you the Chills.

    I'll take Take the Turkey and Joe anyday

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  408. Jake

    Palin, her mind is frozen on attacking Obama with stupidity

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  409. hazel singleton

    There's a difference in Joe Biden's bloops and Sarah Palin's. Joe is making an honest mistake and Sarah Palin is saying anything she can that she thinks will make her look good. I think she is vicious and untruthful.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  410. Don Gozdowski

    Joe Biden is a greater danger of a major gaffe. Ms. Palin, rides the straight talk express. Ask her a question with an "if" in it. A hypothetical or rhetorical question and she will answer you, straight up. Not running her answer through the PC filter. I like that.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  411. Greenman

    Obviously someone has been hiding for a reason. I see Palin out there exciting the crowds with substance. Maybe if Biden was not so obsessed with Bush there would be more for him to talk about. On the other hand, every time he speaks about something else he scares the hell out of us.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  412. Don Bailey


    The bottom line is that Joe Biden could come out tomorrow and say that he feels that John McCain is who he is voting for and it still would not matter because of the complete incompetence & ignorance of Sarah Palin.

    Palin has repeatedly made errors on this campaign and then has also been blanketed from the media due to these errors and the Republican Party has claimed they are being disrespected. Maybe if Palin was at least made available to the press instead of staged interviews and such the American people could believe in her but her ignorance to nearly every question asked of her is repulsive and should not be tolerated.

    I am an Independent Voter but if this is the best that the Republicans have to offer for the future I am enlightened to know that the Democrats will be in power for eight years at least.


    Las Vegas

    October 30, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  413. Eleni, Brooklyn

    Joe Biden may indulge in rhetorical flourishes from time to time, but substance undergirds his comments. Sarah Palin is inarticulate, and on top of that, there's no there there. I'll take the real thing over a novelty every time, even eif the real thing is flawed. He's a diamond and she's - simply put - cubic zirconia.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  414. Chad Berry


    With less than five days to go before the election John McCain himself appears to be a bigger risk than both Sarah Palin and Joe Biden put together... Someone in the republican campaign should put a mussel on McCain.


    October 30, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  415. Amy Noir

    Palin of course, Joe is less liable his gaffes are less damaging and 50% intelligence vs. Palin it is just more meat for SNL.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  416. Bryan Bybee, LA

    If I was a republican, which thankfully I am not, I would be holding
    my breath everytime Palin opened her mouth. However I don't think
    Palin can cause much more devastation to the party than she already has. Senator Biden would have a major faux-pas to damage
    the democratic ticket.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  417. BG, Seattle WA

    Sarah Palin, of course! Joe Biden may speak off the cuff but he knows the issues and wholeheartly support Obama. While he may misspeak, he can explain his intent and it is always in line with Obama. Sarah Palen speaks out of ignorance and generally has no clue about the issues or McCain's stance beyond what has been handed to her.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  418. Tonya-NC

    That's just like asking "which day of the week ends in Y"? They all do! These two both need muzzles!!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  419. Joe the Student, Salisbury, NC

    Joe Biden runs the biggest risk because the McCain campaign will pounce on anything they can get in order to inch up in the polls. However the McCain campaign can't get much lower in the polls anyway, so Sarah Palin can't really do more harm to the campaign, aside from screaming racist slurs.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  420. Brian, Cary, North Carolina

    Joe Biden. The McCain campaign cannot win this election without serious help, and only the Obama Campaign can provide that unique help by losing their resolve.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  421. Glenn Siegel

    Glenn from Phoenix.AZ says:

    Palin for sure! But, Jack, how about broadcasting some truths. Joe Biden didn't say anything that hadn't been said by McCain's buddy Joe Lieberman on Face The Nation back in June when they were talking about the possibility of another 9/11 type attack on the first six months of the new presidency

    October 30, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  422. Donn

    It wo't be Joe ! He kows how to be a team player and will stick tto the important issues. Gov. Palin on the other hand is out to make herself a force in the GOP and it will be another sad day for them if she does manae to pull it off.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  423. Jason

    Jack, right now I’d have to say Biden is the bigger liability. Most times people take Joe’s “theoretical flourishes” with a grain of salt but right now the Obama Biden ticket has the most to loose. Palin has already done the damage to her campaign. Everything after Katie Couric the only way she could cause more havoc is if she tried to throw McCain under a bus to aid a 2012 bid. Any more whacky “guarantees” from Biden could affect Obama’s lead.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  424. Mitch

    There's no question that Biden stands the greater chance of slipping up. After all, he's the only candidate actually qualified for the office; Sarah Palin couldn't possibly do more harm than she did when she accepted McCain's incomprehensible invitation. The fact that ANYONE in this country believes that Palin would make a great president is unfathomable; she's unfit to lead a school field trip, let alone our country.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  425. Gary

    Had I been more anticipatory of the nebulous situation an Obama Administration would have caused, I would have proceded with a great deal more trepidation when I first endorsed him. I'm now for McCain/Palin. Someone I can trust to move this country forward in this time of crisis!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  426. Ron

    Risk? The winning candidate has most to lose; the "loser" simply adds to his status and thus may pursue that low risk to do harm to the winning candidate, a.k.a. Barack Obama. Whoops! That has already happened with all the false inuendos. If you state a falsehood three times does it become true? Apparently someone thinks so..

    October 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  427. GG

    Are you serious? Sarah Palin has put her foot in her mouth more times than a new born. Not to excuse Biden for his previous comments, but Palin could benefit from a few classes on how to run for VP. She should perhaps take some notes from Obama. He is well polished in his delivery and appearance in the public eye. I remember when Palin was first announced, and the people of Alaska protested against her running for VP.......what does that tell you!


    October 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  428. monique

    It's sad to say but palin knows nothing about nothing running a country is out of the question she makes no sense at all half the time am wondering what she's surpose to be talking about.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  429. Arvid

    Joe the gaffer, no question. Obama is the apparent front runner and everyone is waiting for, or dreading, something to disrupt his cake walk. In other words, anything remotely controversial coming out of Biden's mouth will be blown up by the media. The McCain campaign are dealing with daily gaffes and embarrassments nowadays and no one seems to be surprised. That Joe the plumber no-show was one hilarious example!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  430. Derek

    Handicap the odds of a screw-up as even. The greater danger, of course, is for the leading ticket. Also, it's difficult to imagine what more Sarah Palin could say that would finally scare off her fans.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  431. max

    she seems like she can't hold her tongue or stay on message the only way john ma cain is gonna win is if obama makes a wrong turn thanks to big mouth biden, mccain had a little leverage but having Bush as the GOP leaders seal the deal for obama the more he remind people about mc cain riding shotgun the last eight years will seal the deal john Mc cain is toast

    October 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  432. Pat Garland

    That would be Sarah, Jack. It is simple...Joe sometimes has his mouth in second gear while his brain is still in first.
    His gaffes are not from not knowing what a VP needs to know or say.

    Sarah on the other hand is playing in a league she has no business playing in. That would be like sending a beginner athlete to the Olympics. you just don't choose your athletes that way

    Pat in Ontario, Canada

    October 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  433. Connie

    Sarah Palin of course. It doesn't matter what Joe Biden says. McCain/Palin alway change it to what they want it to be. This isn't all I want to say, but I'll be nice.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  434. tasha, va

    Gov. Palin hands down Jack. Biden is known for his gaff/foot in the mouth disease, Sarah is new to game of Washington politics and is judged by her ignorance of the role/function of goverment

    October 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  435. Troi from the Virgin Islands

    Well Jack, I will have to go with Biden because, unlike Governor Palin who can say anything at anytime and anyway she likes it, Biden has his bottled up like angry, which can explode at any time!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  436. Akilaht

    Hi Jack
    I'm sure Sara Palin is going to slip on the Bridge to nowhere. I think McCain forgot how cold it is in Alaska when he chose Sara "Diva" Palin.

    Obama can't lose with Joe "Talking" Biden.

    Bye Bye Diva and Warrior

    October 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  437. susan genevish

    Neither, Jack The public knows a gaffe is a gaffe. I for one am sick of the media hype around these gaffes and am thinking that the only harm that can be done now is by the candidates themselves... at least I am hoping that that is the case.

    Hendersonville, North Carolina

    October 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  438. Ken

    Sarah Palin, by a longshot. As things get more and more desperate for the Republicans over these final 4+ days, Palin is at high risk for saying something so absurd or disturbing that we will all expect to see it played again and again in Democratic campaign ads in 2012.

    Charleston, SC

    October 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  439. clif

    I think that Sen, Biden will cause the most attention and more harm because as in the past few weeks youcan see any and every slip of the tongue or any resemblence of such is turned into anything that is of negativity towards the Obama camp. The squeaky clean (Obama) stigma gives credence to pulling out all the straws to include birth certificates and such, Sarah Palin being questioned or criticized is always sexist.......

    October 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  440. paula nyc

    sarah palin of course she has been saying harmful things from the beginning thats why they are in that hole now

    October 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  441. Tim Ranahan

    No doubt in my mind, Sarah Palin will slip up first. The reason is, she is so out of touch with the majority of this country, that when she states what she truly believes, it comes across as a "slip up".

    October 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  442. Emily, WV

    Sarah Palin has done far more damage to John McCain than Joe Biden has to Barack Obama. Biden has said a few things that maybe it would have been better if he hadn't said, but at least you can tell that he is qualified for the job.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  443. vincent sims

    Obviously Palin is more likely to have a gaff. Mccain won't even let her be interviewed, since the infamous Katie Couric interview. I don't think the hockey mom knows anything about hockey much less being Vice President. Quick somebody ask her who won the last Stanley cup.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  444. Eric Haapapuro

    Jack- I think that a "rhetorical flourish" from Biden this late in the game would be bad for Obama. It'd be fresh in the voters' minds on Tuesday.
    Palin is harmless -the worst she can do is say something else that shows how truly unprepared she is for the Vice Presidency. Oh well – Alaska still needs hockey moms.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  445. Ivel

    Jack, at this point what has McCain got to lose? After all the nation has brought them to defeat due to their failed policies and excessive negative attacks on Obama. If anything at all, Biden has to be careful not to do anything damaging to Obama. There's too much at stake. As for Sarah Palin, she can go back and finish up her drag queen contest...she's got the potential.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  446. Jason

    Jack, right now I’d have to say Biden is the bigger liability. Most times people take Joe’s “theoretical flourishes” with a grain of salt but right now the Obama Biden ticket has the most to loose. Palin has already done the damage to her campaign. The only way she could cause more havoc is if she tried to throw McCain under a bus to aid a 2012 bid. Any more whacky “guarantees” from Biden could affect Obama’s lead.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  447. Francis


    You mean there are still people out there that listen to her? Just when I thought we had intelligent people in our country you make me wake up. You know the old saying "never underestimate the ignorance of the American public".

    October 30, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  448. Charmaine


    I think Sarah will continue to hurt her campaign and it's not because I support Obama/Biden ticket. She says things without having facts or as if she doesn’t read anything. At least what Biden says comes from the history of knowing what has happened in the past. She just talks and talks and talks and talks while spewing out hate. This is what has and will continue to hurt the McCain campaign.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  449. Brad B

    I think Sarah Palin will have the greatest risk of slipping up big time, since she is in her own little world. And for crying out loud...she didn't even know the role of the Vice President for the start, and why do most American's can't see that? I just don't understand one bit. Biden may have a gaffe here and there, but Biden know his stuff in and out and will make a great Vice President under Barack Obama!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  450. Shauna, Steamboat Springs, CO

    I believe Sarah Palin has the greatest risk because she is the one who has proven time and time again, her slip ups will make the news. I see glittering headlines of her slipping up and a passing whisper of something Joe Biden says (which I don't mind as an Obama supporter). Joe Biden knows how much is running on this race and Sarah merely wants the limelight to elevate herself. She has proven this.

    Steamboat Springs, CO

    October 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  451. Barete

    Mr Cafferty

    Here in Canada who ever follows closely with US politics,
    We seem to agree that Palin is not qualified to be even a potential VP maybe involved in PTA within Alaska, it is a disgrace to have someone be picked as a VP of USA. the world is laughing.
    There are so many inteligent ladies in the Goverment who could have been pick.... it only shows the weaknes of Sen. McCain...

    She seems to be building her attitude as an OMNIPOTENT
    (Having unlimited or universal power / authority / or force /all-powerful).


    October 30, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  452. Joe from Chicago

    Jack other way I read your question is, between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden who is a WMD? a Would be Mass Destructive.
    Of course the answer is Sarah Palin. experience is the mother of all wisdom. the governor has made so many mistakes in a short time. one more mistake will be of a mass destruction not only to John McCain warranting a landslide win for Obama but also her mistake will bring down all other political republican candidates running for various sits in washington. please stay with the telepromptor Sarah!

    October 30, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  453. Jan

    If we have to hear McCain say FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT WITH ME I am going to have a fit my self. John has not shown any leader ship for me, he seems so flighty and angry and even in a panic. I have already voted for Barack and am loving the FIGHT that is only a weak cry from the battle field. Jan

    October 30, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  454. Amanda from PA

    Love this question Jack. After the VP debate I don't see how this is still an issue. Senator Biden clearly stated a controlled, grounded and sensible stance on the issues. Palin had no stance; she had campy street talk for all of us Joe (and Jane!) six-packs. Same for the one and only disastrous interview she gave. She continuously makes out-of-line comments that aggravate even her own advisers. This whack job of a woman could very easily be our next President. Many Americans from all sides are seeing these things, and she has almost single-handedly sunken the GOP ship.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  455. miguel gonzales

    Since nobody really takes Gov.Palin seriously,nothing she says will make a difference either way.Sen.Biden is a completely different story.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  456. Vincent


    I believe Joe. He just can't help himself. He just loves to talk. On the other hand Sarah probably does the most damage, because it usually revolves around herself. She is self-serving so are they really gaffes?

    October 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  457. Edwin

    here in Groningen, the Netherlands, media coverage of US elections is traditionally flimsy, but I've been following the international coverage for some time and, personally, I think Palin will be the first to screw up big time, based on the mere fact that since Biden has kind of dropped below the radar, there isn't anybody else who can screw up.

    October 30, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  458. Givon

    Ammmmm..Palin what else it new

    October 30, 2008 at 6:37 pm |