came out victorious in Thursday night’s VP debate, taking some of the heat off Obama and compensating him for his lifeless debate a week ago in the vital home stretch of the 2012 presidential vote.
Biden appeared more spirited and dominated the debate with Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan. The Democrat came out more confident and aggressive throughout the debate. Biden’s performance gave heart to the Democratic base, but risked pushing away undecided voters.
It is widely believed that VP debates do not matter, but the debate between Ryan and Biden was watched by millions of Americans. A majority of Americans who watched the debate said it may not have changed their decision, but said they just tested the water for just how much is at risk.
Almost from the second the debate kicked off, it was clear that the Democrat’s assignment was to do what the president failed to in his own uninspiring debate performance against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Much of the debate time was dedicated to foreign policy. This gave edge to Biden whose experience as a former chairman of the Senate foreign affairs committee helped him in making his in a manner that the president failed to do. His laughter might have been purposeful, an attempt to disparage Ryan.
Biden also raised Romney’s contentious remark, captured secretly on videotape, in which Romney hinted that 47 percent of Americans are government-dependent idlers who deem themselves sufferers and pay no taxes.
“These people are my mom and dad, the people I grew up with, my neighbors,” Biden said, according to Washington Post. “They pay more effective tax [through payroll and other taxes] than Governor Romney pays in his federal income tax. They are elderly people who, in fact, are living off of Social Security. They are veterans and people fighting in Afghanistan right now.”
Although Biden dominated the debate, yet he failed to scare his younger rival into making any gaffe. The Republican VP nominee even forced the democrat into making one blunder in connection with the Benghazi attack that left dead a US ambassador and three other Americans.
Biden said the White House had not been aware of any request to keep the defense squad together or increase its size by security forces on the ground in Libya. But a state department spokesperson recently confirmed there had been such a request.