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By ANN SANNER, Associated Press Writer 49 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – Shooting a donkey, debating a tree stump and checking out Mexico from across the Arizona border were just some of the ways comedians suggested Sarah Palin was preparing for the vice presidential debate.

David Letterman devoted his top 10 Wednesday night to “Things Overheard at Sarah Palin’s Debate Camp.” Among the remarks were, “Maybe we’ll get lucky and there won’t be any questions about Iraq, taxes, or health care,” and “John Edwards wants to know if you’d like some private tutoring in his van.” Coming in at No. 1 was, “Any way we can just get Tina Fey to do it?”

Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, will debate her Democratic rival Joe Biden Thursday night at Washington University in St. Louis.

Both running mates have limited their public events to devote time to debate prep. The Alaska governor spent time at John McCain’s retreat in Sedona, Ariz., while Biden, a Delaware senator, was near his home in Wilmington, Del.

Comedians also seized on Palin’s responses from her recent interviews with CBS News anchor Katie Couric.

“Last night during an interview on CBS, Sarah Palin said, ‘One of my best friends is a lesbian and I love her dearly,'” Conan O’Brien said. “After hearing this, Bill Clinton said, ‘Prove it.'”

Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” called the series of CBS interviews a “dramady.”

“I love this show! It’s like the first season of ‘Lost’ only it makes less sense,” the Comedy Central host said.

Here’s more political comedy from Wednesday’s late-night television:


“It’s been reported that John McCain is taking an herbal supplement to improve his memory. Apparently McCain is having trouble remembering why he picked Sarah Palin.”

_O’Brien, NBC’s “Late Night.”


“Great day for Sarah Palin. She has been practicing for the big debate tomorrow night. Palin’s staff has tried to find a stand-in to pretend to be Joe Biden. But so far all they’ve come up with is a tree stump. Which actually sounds about right.”

_Craig Ferguson, CBS’ “Late Late Show.”


“This is for all the marbles, this debate tomorrow night. And Sarah Palin is nothing if not diligent. She’s working hard on preparing for the debate with Joe Biden. Earlier today in Arizona, we just heard, she shot a donkey.”

_Letterman, CBS’ “Late Show.”


“Now we all know Gov. Palin has a lot of foreign policy experience because from Alaska, she can see Russia. More to the point, Russia is on the other side of the international dateline from Alaska. It’s tomorrow there. So when Palin looks at it, she’s actually seeing the future.”

_Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central‘s “The Colbert Report.”


“The vice presidential debate is tomorrow night. Joe Biden, already gearing up. I understand he went to the hair salon, told the guy to put a little more on top … And Sarah Palin she’s getting ready for tomorrow’s debate, too. I understand she now knows all three branches of government.”

_Jay Leno, NBC’s “Tonight” show


“Teams of technicians have been working around the clock trying to figure out how to run an Internet cable directly into the back of (Palin’s) skull.”

_Jimmy Kimmel, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”


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