Vice Presidentand VP hopeful engaged in a fiesty debate in Danville, Ky., last night. After the dismal peformance of President Obama, a week earlier, the expectations were high for Biden to perform well and even deliver a knockout punch. While Biden did exceedingly well, even invoking the "47%" comment by Romney several times, Ryan held his own. He showed that his reputation of knowing the numbers and articulating his arguments well were justified. The verdict is that Biden may have had a slight edge, but overall there was no clear winner.
The other contrast with the presidential debate was the absence of a clear winner. Romney was universally judged to have bested Obama in Denver, but Biden and Ryan each made their points with force and conviction. Washington Post
CNN mirrored what the Washington Post found. According to a CNN post debate poll, of those that watched the debate, 48% chose Paul Ryan as the winner while 44% chose Vice President Joe Biden. This is within the margin of error, which doesn't declare a clear winner.
Forty-eight percent of voters who watched the vice presidential debate think that Rep. Paul Ryan won the showdown, according to a CNN/ORC International nationwide poll conducted right after Thursday night's faceoff. Forty-four percent say that Vice President Joe Biden was victorious. The Republican running mate's four point advantage among a debate audience that was more Republican than the country as a whole is within the survey's sampling error. CNN
Searching through the headlines of left-wing pundits and media this morning, one would think that Biden slaughtered Ryan. There were comments of the Quayle factor, based on a comment that Jack Kennedy and Ronald Reagan cut taxes, which ultimately grew the economy; that Biden mopped the floor with Ryan; and that Biden hit a home run. Those are all good talking points, but none of them ring true. On the right some take aim at ABC's Marha Raddatz. Of course during the presidential debate, the left took aim at Jim Lehrer.
While we all watch debates from a different perspective and are entitled to our opinions, no one can deny that the debate was fiesty and clearly differentiated the policy differences of the two combatants.
Raddatz did a good job in moderating the debate, despite claims that Obama had attended her wedding in the 1990s. Her questions were relevant and to the point and addressed the issues of the day. While she may have had difficulty at times to stop Biden's interruptions, she posed questions that were fair for either candidate. One can argue about the rest and it will be in the eye of the beholder. Moderating two Alpha males is no easy task.
While Biden came across as smug and obnoxious at times, as was demonstrated on the split screen, some may fault Ryan for not being agressive enough to interupt the VP. For others, it would have been respectful.
Raddatz's question regarding religion and abortion certainly laid out the differences of both camps on the issue of abortion. Both candidates are devout Roman Catholics.
One focus group of voters that have not yet made up their mind revealed that neither candidate swayed them to move into their camp. This makes the next two presidential debates critcal to winning over non-committed and independent voters.
The debate reached across the spectrum of domestic and foreign policy, both outlining their ticket's policies with compassion. While Biden may not have given the desired knockout punch, his debate performance certainly set the stage for then next presidential debate next week. Overall Biden had to look like a winner to the left, after the dismal performance of Obama during his first debate with Mitt Romney.
The Washington Post did an elaborate fact check on the statements made by both candidates. It highlights Biden's statement on the "spontaneious video," despite evidence to the contrary, and debunks statements made by both candidates on medicare, taxes and Middle East policy.
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