Lieberman: Palin should avoid 'IQ test'

Thursday, Oct 2, 2008  |  Updated 9:50 PM EDT
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Lieberman: Palin should avoid 'IQ test'

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Democratic vice presidential candidate U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) shakes hands with Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during the start of the vice presidential debate at the Field House of Washington University's Athletic Complex on October 2, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. The highly anticipated showdown between the two vice-presidential candidates will be their only debate before the election.

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Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman thinks that in order for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to beat her Democratic rival, Sen. Joe Biden, in tonight’s debate, she needs to keep it from turning into an “IQ test.”

“What she needs to do tonight is get this public consideration of her back to who she is and her strong points and, frankly, get it away from being a, kind of, IQ test — she's plenty smart — getting it away from being a, sort of, final college exam,” Lieberman said on MSNBC

Lieberman added though that despite Palin not knowing “every detail,” he expects that voters will respond well to the Alaska governor.

“Whether she can answer every detailed question, I don't think that ultimately matters to the American people,” the Connecticut senator added. “She doesn't know every detail, all the questions senators deal with, but, frankly, that's her strength.”

“I think the point is, who is she as a person? I think that's what people are ultimately looking for,” Lieberman said.

The McCain surrogate predicted that voters will see “a typical middle-class American who got angry at her government and decided to get involved.”

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