Ronda Storms on Sarah Palin listen10/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
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A huge television audience is expected o watch the Vice Presidential debate in St. Louis tonight between Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin.
More intensity was added to this already highly anticipated event yesterday, when some conservatives went ballistic with the news that moderator Gwen Ifill is authoring a book that includes a section on Barack Obama, though Ifill said yesterday she has yet to write the chapter on Obama. The book is scheduled to be published on Inauguration Day next year.
The stakes are high for both candidates, but the pressure is largely focused on Palin, whose popularity is shrinking rapidly. An ABC/Washington Post poll shows that ,by a 2-to-1 margin, Independents have a negative view of her.
Many are attributing those falling numbers to a series of interviews broadcast over the past week on CBS News. In the final excerpt, Palin was asked by anchorwoman Katie Couric to name any Supreme Court ruling other than Roe v. Wade. She could not.
Republican Ronda Storms represents part of Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties in the Florida Senate. Before that, she was a controversial member of the Hillsborough County Commission. When Palin hit the national stage late last month, several local newspaper columnists compared Storms to Palin. WMNF asked Storms what she made of those comparisons.
The Vice Presidential Debate takes place at 9 tonight on all broadcast and cable news network stations.