'Like the Super Bowl': Alaskans Excited About Palin, VP Debate

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record ," October 1, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: At least for the time being Governor Palin is probably the most famous Alaskan on earth. How are people in this giant state getting ready for tomorrow night's debate showdown?

Let's go live to Alaska. Judy Patrick, a friend of Governor Palin, joins us once again. Nice to see you, Judy.


VAN SUSTEREN: Judy, what is the plan? Are you going to watch the debate tomorrow?

PATRICK: Everybody is going to watch the debate. It is just a matter of where people will go.

VAN SUSTEREN: Where are you going?

PATRICK: I am going to my friend's Kristin's house. She is having a crowd of people over there. It is kind of like the super bowl.

VAN SUSTEREN: Kristin is the one who was kind enough to let us do our show we were up in Alaska. How many people are you expecting to have at this party?

PATRICK: Somewhere between 30 and 50, she said. And we had to curtail the invite list because it was getting out of control. We emailed a lot of people, and then it snowballed on us, and then we thought we should scale it back.

So I am in charge of beverages.

VAN SUSTEREN: That is good to know. How long have you known Governor Palin?

PATRICK: I have known her over 10 years, back when I was her deputy mayor at the city of Wasilla.

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VAN SUSTEREN: Are you a little bit nervous for hurt more night? Not is she nervous, but are you a little bit nervous as she goes into this debate?

PATRICK: Yes, I am nervous, because I get nervous about these kinds of things. Yes, I am definitely nervous.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you have any warning or any tip for Senator Biden?

PATRICK: I did not think about that. A tip for him would be, I do not know, tell good, long stories.

VAN SUSTEREN: He is known for telling long stories. He may follow you up on that tip.

Do you know who is going to be in St. Louis from the family?

PATRICK: I know her parents are going to be there. And I am not sure about any of her sister's, but we were over at Chuck and Sally's house last Saturday night, and they said that they would go down and watch her.

VAN SUSTEREN: I take it that it is the talk of Wasilla, the debate that will go on tomorrow night?

PATRICK: Can you repeat?

VAN SUSTEREN: I take it that the debate is the talk of the town?

PATRICK: Gosh, yes. It is the talk of all Alaska. Some places are having it live, and they are all sold out. And it is quite a huge event.

VAN SUSTEREN: Have you seen her interviews with Katie Couric and Sean Hannity and others?

PATRICK: I have only seen portions of the Katie Couric one. And so I have just seen little bits of it.

VAN SUSTEREN: How does she look? Does she look like the Governor Palin? Does she look like the Sarah you know, or does she look more serious, more wound up, more relaxed? How does she look?

PATRICK: She definitely looks a little bit more serious. She still looks like a Sarah that I know when I watch her on the TV. Her expressions and her comments and the things she says are definitely the Sarah that I know.

I think that particularly how she did on her speech at the Republican Convention, that she just needs a big audience. And that is when she really shines.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you know if she has any plans to come back home soon?

PATRICK: I do not know that. I kind of a doubt it.

VAN SUSTEREN: She has an awful big fan base back in Wasilla.

PATRICK: Yes. We would love to have her back. We would love to see her.

VAN SUSTEREN: I am dying to know how the party is. Glad to know, Judy, that they put you in charge of drinks. I hope you do not fail your friends in that department. And I am not going to ask why you were chosen, why you were put in charge of drinks.

Judy, good luck watching the debate tomorrow night. We will be at the debate. So we'll pull our ear for you. Thank you, Judy.


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