U S Elections 2012: Joe Biden gives the President reasons to smile

U S Elections 2012: Joe Biden gives the President reasons to smile

Washington : DC : USA | Oct 13, 2012 at 6:43 PM PDT
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The vice Presidential debate between Joe Biden, the incumbent vice President and Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee to the post appeared to have boosted the spirits of the Democrats because an online Reuters/Ipsos poll of 629 registered voters showed a leaning towards Joe Biden.

This has been reported in foxnews.com of dated the 13th of October 2012.

The performance of the vice President has certainly given President Barack Obama enough reasons to smile about – notwithstanding his trailing behind Mitt Romney nationwide by a slender margin.

David Axelrod, the main strategist of President Obama likened the debate to that of a school principal and the student president.

President Barack Obama watched the debate on board Air Force One and expressed happiness at the performance of his vice President – and said ‘... I thought Joe Biden was terrific tonight.’

As per the Reuters/Ipsos poll - sitting vice President Joe Biden claimed a seven-point victory (42% to 35%) among the registered voters, with a similar margin among independents.

However, it seems nearly 25% of registered voters and about 33% of independents were not too sure about who of the two contenders did a better job during the debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Anyway, this must have come as a whiff of fresh air to the Obama camp which had been nursing their self-inflicted wounds post the first Presidential debate in Denver.

Incidentally, in the latest Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll Mitt Romney is leading 47% to Obama’s 44% nationwide.

It is hoped that performance of Joe Biden in the VP debate in Danville just might tilt the balance in favor of the Democrats.

Moreover, the presence of Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman, on the Romney ticket might not be a good omen for the Republican Party because 27% of registered voters said Ryan made them less favorable toward Romney – this was 21% before the debate.

Hence – this parameter cannot be overlooked.

The 90-minute debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan covered issues like foreign issues such as Iran, Afghanistan and Syria and domestic issues including tax and the deficit and, even though the night rightly belonged to Joe Biden, the disparity between him and his adversary Paul Ryan was not as pronounced as that between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

Apparently, the 68-year old veteran Biden was not able to unnerve his much younger 42-year old opponent Paul Ryan or force him into making any errors.

In Denver, Mitt Romney was the more dominant of the two and Barack Obama remained passive.

This has been reported in guardian.co.uk of dated 13th of October 2012.

The scene would now shift to Long Island, New York for the 2nd Presidential debate – the pressure would be on the incumbent President to put forth a performance against Mitt Romney that might take the wind out of his sails.

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