There was some good discussion yesterday about the Joe Biden-Sarah Palin debate, and one request stood out: a commenter asked if we could fact-check what’s said during the debates.

I think the media does need to do more of that, and do it quickly before the lies candidates tell get spread further. In this case, we didn’t have the staff to follow up on the claims made by the candidates, but fortunately, there are a lot of sites out there dedicated to doing just that.

Here’s a link to a run-down of’s look at the VP debate. Run by the Annenberg Foundation, is a really good place to follow up on politician’s claim and is non-partisan.

So what did you think of the debate last night? Were you swayed? Is that even the point of the debates anymore?

We’ll have a story tomorrow morning about the vice-presidential debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, but I’m curious to hear what political watchers in Eastern Iowa are thinking.

What makes a victory for either candidate?

Where will you watch the debate? What channel will you tune to?

There seems to be more buzz around this debate than there was around last week’s first Presidential debate? Are you more interested in this one? Do you care at all?

Finally: what can we do at The Gazette to help cover the debate and make more sense of issues?

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