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Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate?

Paul Ryan and Joe Biden debated on Thursday night in Kentucky, and participants in Patch’s statewide live blog in Connecticut offered some pointed observations.

Often acting as surrogates for their running mates, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan squared off on international affairs, taxes and abortion in the only vice presidential debate of the election season.

The candidates found little to agree on, whether it was a military withdrawal from Afghanistan, raising taxes or reforming entitlement programs. As expected, both sides spun the debate performances as victories.  

One clear winner appeared to be widely-praised moderator Martha Raddatz, yet she did receive some criticism from conservatives.

Patch ran a statewide live blog that attracted upwards of 40 participants who offered their thoughts on the debate. Here are some of their reactions.

Cassandra

It's a toss-up. Biden: overconfident "I'm the voice of experience." Ryan: far-too-smiley equanimity.

John Flanagan:

Fortunately, or unfortunately, to the benefit of whichever VP candidate is deemed tomorrow, by the talking heads, to have fared worse, the debate is scheduled in the midst of the Yankees/Orioles, A's/Giants baseball playoffs and the Thursday night Steelers/Titans football games.

Angie

I was a little underwhelmed by this debate, but...full disclosure, I was a little distracted so it might be better when I rewatch it from the start.

Anonymous

Biden is a mouthpiece, an empty suit.

LiveForFreedom

"Sometimes the words do not come out of your mouth the right way [said by Ryan to Biden]" will be the quote for the 2012 debate.

WallyBoy1891

I love Biden's Passion.

Jay

Biden just nailed him on being a hypocrite about that stimulus.

Brigit

Ryan is calm, cool, and collected. Biden is angry and looks like a fool.

Archie Bunker III

Ryan, the phony also said he RAN a marathon in under 3 hours, when in REALITY-VILLE, it was OVER 4 HOURS. A completely scummy lie, FOR SURE! I ran 15 marathons more than 30 years ago and have NO problem remembering the times.

WoodbridgeWatch October 12, 2012 at 01:23 PM
debate? generally that means both sides get to speak right Uncle Joe? 82 interruptions, smirking- I though we'd start hearing Al Gore sighs any time.....this was 90 minutes of Biden being a buffoon as always.
Skip Borgerson October 12, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Generally, I'd call it a tie as far as the appearance of knowledge, facts, mistruths, etc. But Joe's smiles, laughs, and interruptions made him look like a bully while Ryan remained cool and courteous. Ryan was a definite winner on character. Martha would have done Joe a favor by repremanding him and keeping him to the rules.
Allison October 12, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Or Skip, you could say Biden beat himself.
JED October 15, 2012 at 12:49 AM
82 corrections - Milarky is an understatement.

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