Big media interest in VP debate

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The vice presidential debate in St. Louis is drawing big interest from the media.

Joani Wardwell of the Commission on Presidential Debates hosted a walkthrough on Monday at the debate site, Washington University in St. Louis. Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Sarah Palin square off there on Thursday.

Wardwell says 3,100 media credentials have been assigned, the most ever for a vice presidential debate hosted by the commission.

Interest has taken off since the candidates were chosen. Wardwell jokes that every radio station in Alaska sought credentials after Palin, Alaska's governor, was chosen by GOP hopeful John McCain.

The debate is the only one featuring the vice presidential candidates. McCain and Democrat Barack Obama will debate two more times before the election on Nov. 4.

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