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.


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.


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.


Biden is a mouthpiece, an empty suit.


"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.


I love Biden's Passion.


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


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.


Curtis Lindner October 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Biden was as bad, or worse, than Gore in the 2000 debates....The sighs....The deep breathes....The crazy smiles...etc. I would be Worried if he EVER had to take over as President of the United States. Ryan, on the other hand, was calm, collected, and stayed on point.
Susanne Krivit October 12, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I think we would all be served well by focusing on the issues and not on who gave the best performance. For me the most powerful moment last night was when both these Irish Catholics gave their response to Ms. Raddatz's abortion/religion question. Both men are personally opposed to abortion based on their faith, but only one wants to impose his view on everyone else. For me that is the ultimate government intrusion.
Allen Gregory October 12, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Bidens demeanor was troubling, he appeared pompous and just plain rude. It destroyed any chance you could react positively to his message. Martha R clearly favored Biden as she cut off Ryan a couple of times but never Biden. She also allowed Bidens continual interruptions when Ryan attempted to respond.
Nancy Krysiak October 12, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Glad that Biden thinks the state of this Country is laughable! What an ASS!
splinter October 13, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Yep, cannot believe is referenced AARP's endorsement: Last week they don't Obama not to use their name. Prior to that: http://www.forbes.com/sites/aroy/2012/09/22/the-aarps-2-8-billion-reasons-for-supporting-obamacares-cuts-to-medicare/ I no many seniors who've dropped their membership. Hey AARP - Review the CBO projections for entitlements and let us know how the math works out for our kids? You should be ashamed.


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