Skip to content

    Health & Balance

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Body Language in the Vice Presidential Debate

    Did Gender Differences Play a Role? Experts Weight In

    Vice Presidential Debate Scorecard continued...

    "Palin did a better job than in any venue we've seen her yet," Roberts tells WebMD. "Especially on the very first answer, holy mackerel, she came out strong and confident and so sure of herself." But Roberts gives Biden the edge, because he effectively used repetition to strengthen his message of the "fundamental differences" between the two tickets.

    Goman says both candidates did an exceptional job of getting their messages across. Palin wanted to talk about her record and be identified with Main Street America. "Everything she did, from her body language to her stories to the way she answered questions, drove into that message." Biden wanted to equate John McCain with "another 4 years of the last 8 years ... and he did that very well."

    Koegel agrees that Biden and Palin were equally effective, but he says "hammering" McCain too often may have diluted Biden's message of where he himself stood on the issues.

    2. Speech Pattern: Did the candidates sound conversational without awkward pauses?

    Roberts:

    Palin - 4

    Biden - 5

    Koegel:

    Palin - 4

    Biden - 4

    Goman:

    Palin - 5

    Biden - 5

    Average:

    Palin - 4.3

    Biden- 4.6

    "They both sound conversational in totally different styles," Goman tells WebMD. "Palin's style says, 'I'm just like you.' Her colloquialisms, such as 'doggone-it,' were effective for that message." Biden's style, Goman says, sent a different message: "I'm knowledgeable and passionate. I'm not intimidating, but I'm vice presidential."

    Koegel says Biden's style probably played very well with supporters of the Obama/Biden ticket. "I think Palin's style would have a better impact overall," he says, "because your average Joe six-pack" could relate.

    Roberts gave Palin a point off for sounding too hesitant at times. "When she didn't feel secure about her answer, her voice got very hesitant and a little shaky. You did not hear that with Biden; [his speech] was calm, cool, and collected throughout the presentation."

    3. Tone of Voice: Did the candidates sound confident but not arrogant or angry?

    Roberts:

    Palin - 5

    Biden - 4

    Koegel:

    Palin - 3.5

    Biden - 4

    Goman:

    Palin - 3.5

    Biden - 4

    Average:

    Palin - 4

    Biden- 4

    Today on WebMD

    woman in yoga class
    6 health benefits of yoga.
    beautiful girl lying down of grass
    10 relaxation techniques to try.
     
    mature woman with glass of water
    Do you really need to drink 8 glasses of water a day?
    coffee beans in shape of mug
    Get the facts.
     
    Take your medication
    Slideshow
    Hand appearing to hold the sun
    Article
     
    Hungover man
    Slideshow
    Welcome mat and wellington boots
    Slideshow
     
    Woman worn out on couch
    Article
    Happy and sad faces
    Quiz
     
    Fingertip with string tied in a bow
    Article
    laughing family
    Quiz