Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
New Yorkers React to V.P. Debate
Friday, October 03, 2008
New York, NY –
People gathered in groups large and small to watch the Palin-Biden showdown last night.
Twenty-six-year-old Paul Banister thought Sarah Palin held her own.
PALIN: I actually think she didn't have a lot of specifics but she didn't fail. I had a lot of people texting me, saying, "Oh, this is terrible." But I actually thought she's not doing awful. I don't think she convinced anybody of anything, but she didn't make a fool of herself. As sad as it may sound, that's pretty much all she had to do tonight.
REPORTER: Banister watched the debate with friends at Electric Lady Studios, a music studio in the Village founded by Jimi Hendrix.
Twenty-four-year-old Alice Forbe Spear watched the debate with more than a dozen friends at an apartment on First Street. She says the event was thoroughly disappointing because neither candidate gave concrete answers. She didn't even like the post-game show.
SPEAR: The commentary after the debate was almost exclusively on their style, and the personal anecdotes and there was nobody pointing out even there, hey this wasn't a substantial policy discussion, this was a complete light-weight event.
REPORTER: Next week, the John McCain and Barack Obama will take to the stage again for the second presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.