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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.

MAC October 13, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Unhinged (and lying about the Lybia assassinations) Joe lost more than he won. "Biden loses his cool" Jennifer Rubin "My neighbor gave the best summation of the debate I’ve heard so far. Referring to VP Joe Biden’s rude-a-thon, he said: 'At church dinners, I’ve sat a table away from that guy a hundred times. He’s the guy everyone wants to get away from.'...The Republicans knew they had comedy gold and quickly put out this: "'The sheer jerkiness of the man certainly comes through. But there is an issue going beyond Biden’s abject rudeness'".... "David Brooks...put it this way: 'This is not just an issue of manners. It is: How are we going to practice the kind of politics that will help us avert the so-called fiscal cliff? How are we going to balance the crosscutting challenges, like increasing growth while reducing long-term debt? A lot of people will look at Biden’s performance and see a style of politics that makes complex trade-offs impossible."... "Moreover, the obvious contempt with which both halves of the Democratic ticket hold their opponents (Obama couldn’t even look Mitt Romney in the eye) reinforces the impression that Obama can’t get along with political opponents. The president’s complete inability to work with Congress...and his hyper-partisanship have characterized his four years in office....a formula for gridlock and ongoing acrimony. This is what many voters despise about politics." http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions
Tim Hendrie October 14, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Joe is always good for comic relief. Those hairplugs of Joe are growing in not out!

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