The VP debate has just wrapped up and I have, for the first time, really listened to Senator Joe Biden. Of the four runners in this election, his words are the only ones that I actually think I believed. So far, I am an undecided voter. I am a registered Republican, and typically lean in that direction, but this election has me stumped. Let me explain:
The Republicans. Senator McCain is an extremely respectable man for what he has accomplished in his life but he is 72 years old. As of 2007, 60% of the US population was between 20 and 64 years old. I'm 25 and I want someone I can relate to and who can see the world the way the majority sees it. Governor Palin is in over her head. I don't think poorly of her, but I don't see that she is ready to "take on" the lead role in our country just like the oil companies in Alaska. I like the idea of her, but I don't think she's ready for the big league.
The Democrats. Senator Obama appears to be a puppet on a string. I don't know what he is like as a person, only what he wants us to see. Does the man have any emotions? I don't get worked up and teary-eyed when I hear him speak, and if anything I turn down the volume. I don't think he is the next JFK. Sen. Biden is slightly older than 64, but there is something about him that I like. I can't quite pin it down, but when I listened to him speak, I did just that - listened. I did not scoff at his answers, like I did at both presidential candidates in their debate.
In summary, Sen. Biden is the only one of the four that I am comfortable with and, if he was #1 on the ticket, he would have my vote. But, this is not the case and I don't want to cast my vote only because of the VP pick. I am no closer to deciding where I will stand on November 4th. I can only hope that the upcoming debates will help me and those like me make a decision.