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.

J Bauer October 12, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Let me start by saying that this debate has no impact on the presidential election anyway. But, on the debate itself... I think those leaning left will see Biden as the winner and those leaning right will see Ryan as the winner. Biden stuck to almost all emotional appeals. Stuck to pulling at the heart strings with comments about how "they" would take benefits and help away from his grandmother, etc... Ryan stuck to an analytical approach and cited the numbers much more, but maybe had a tougher time breaking down some of these issues into more human terms. That said, Ryan's closing statement was excellent.
Kendall L Owott October 12, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Since the debate brought up abortion, let me say that if we have law which allows abortion for insignificant or immoral advantages, that law should be modified. I am appalled that human life can be sacrificed for gender selection, for example. Those on the left campaign for more gun laws when shooting a gun doesn't always result in the death of a human being. EVERY abortion results in the death of a human being. In VP Biden's words, "Show some responsibility."
MAC October 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM
At first I wanted to slap the smirks off Biden's face, but then I realized that my prayers had been answered.  I had prayed that he would reveal himself to the voters for what he really is; and that is exactly what Joe was doing with his inappropriate laughter (when a disastrous economy and murders of Americans in Libya were being discussed!), rude and constant interruptions of Ryan, and angry, snide and condescending, if not outright mean, treatment of his debate opponent. The thing is, Dems believe Joe won the debate, but he may have helped them lose the election.  His anger and rude, condescending behavior, treating opponents with total disdain, and absolute COLDNESS to real human economic suffering--let alone to the needless slaughter of 4 Americans in Benghazi--perfectly epitomize exactly what the Democratic party of today has become. In stark contrast, Paul Ryan was calm and respectful, even-tempered and even Presidential in bearing.  All but the most diehard hateful dyed-in-the-wool Dems saw that, and the Romney/Ryan "Comeback Team" definitely won this one with the Independents, whom this election depends upon! Romney/Ryan are now WINNING Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Virginia, with Obama only a sure thing in 7 states!!
God Bless New Canaan October 13, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Ryan sooner or later had to face the music of his own economic plan. He proposes (And passes ) a 300+ million cut to embassy security budgets, and then blames Obama when those cuts come back to bite him. He claims they will create a bipartisan plan, after every Republican in both houses were forced to oppose every Democratic initiative. Olympia Snow is ostrocised by the leadership and is forced to retire rather than compromise her integrity.
S Tadik October 14, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Maybe it's because of online media but I am reading some of the dumbest things I have ever seen from both parties; If the world is watching, they may conclude that the people who immigrated were religious fanatics and losers in the Old World and that their descendants haven't progressed very much. If we are like this all the time, the wheels would fall off the country. Can't we all just get along?


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