In the Democratic camp the gloves are off. It was Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, who led the counterattack to their Republican rivals’ convention speeches. He said McCain appeared to be short on ideas: “The thing that amazed me about the speech was, but I understood it, they, they don’t want to defend the past and they don’t have any clear picture of what they’re going to do for the future.”
Biden complimented Palin but picked holes in the Alaska governor’s speech. “I thought she had a very skilfully written and very skilfully delivered political speech. I was impressed with her. I was also impressed with what I didn’t hear. I didn’t hear a word mentioned about the middle class, or health care, or how people are going to fill up their gas tanks. I didn’t hear a single word about how you’re going to get our kids to college. So, I was impressed with the speech but I was also impressed with what I didn’t hear spoken,” he said.
The party conventions have set the tone for what promises to be a corrosive battle in the run-up to the vote in early November. The Democrats were seen as having a slight edge over the Republicans in the polls but there is still a lot to play for.