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VP Debate, Battleground Strategies Top Campaign Headlines

This week, Congress pushed through a massive financial rescue plan and vice presidential hopefuls faced off in a key debate. Analysts Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks weigh all things politics.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    And to the analysis of Shields and Brooks, syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks.

    The conventional wisdom today is that Sarah Palin survived and the race goes on. Do you have any dispute with that, 24 hours later?

  • DAVID BROOKS, Columnist, New York Times:

    No. I mean, if you look at the strategies that each set out to achieve, I thought they both achieved their strategies.

    Biden and Obama are ahead, so he was sober and serious, didn't take any risk, but was very good.

    She was behind. She's got to prove she's different than Bush, different than Washington. She achieved that strategy. They both did fine, didn't change the race.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    Didn't change the race, Mark?

  • MARK SHIELDS, Syndicated Columnist:

    No, didn't change the race, Jim. I think she saved her career, in this sense, that there will be no more conversation or speculation about whether the ticket ought to be changed or any of the sort.

    I do think, with the decision announced that she will not do any other interviews, that it really means that she's…

  • JIM LEHRER:

    That's been modified slightly. Late today, they said that she may do a lot more interviews.

  • MARK SHIELDS:

    Oh, OK, well…

  • MARK SHIELDS:

    Well, I mean, it just — it limits her utility and value. I mean, you want your presidential and vice presidential candidates to be able to go on free media interviews to get their message out.

    I think, based upon her performance last night, which I think certainly relieved an awful lot of Republicans, that her concentration will be in red states.

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