Now that Vice President Joe Biden and his challenger Paul Ryan have had a chance to address each other and the nation face-to-face, one question remains: who won the vice presidential debate?
The answer to this question will no doubt vary depending on who’s giving it, but there is no disputing that at least there was a debate this time! Even President Obama has admitted being “too polite” when he engaged in the first presidential debate of the 2012 election season with GOP nominee Mitt Romney recently.
Luckily for Obama, he will have two more chances to impress the American public. (The remaining presidential debates will be held Tues., Oct. 16 and Mon., Oct. 22; the 2012 General Election is Tues., Nov. 6.)
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Also luckily for Obama? Vice President Joe Biden didn’t make the same mistakes with Rep. Ryan (R-WI) as the President made debating Gov. Romney. Namely, Biden was willing to interrupt his opponent. Last debate, Obama remained silent until Romney was finished making each of his largely unsupported and non-specific points, then failed to effectively explain the flaws in Romney’s statements.
Early in the vice presidential debate 2012 (Oct. 11), Joe Biden made it clear he wouldn’t be following the same playbook as his ticket-mate. Biden confronted Ryan on nearly every claim the GOP candidate made, calling bulls–t in many cases before Ryan was even done speaking.
At times, it was difficult to take Paul Ryan seriously given the cocky, ever-present smirk he plastered on his face whenever Joe Biden spoke. You had to remind yourself this wasn’t yet Paul Ryan being parodied on SNL in a debate sketch (which will no doubt come this weekend); this was Paul Ryan in the actual debate.
For his part, the sitting Vice President would burst into laughter every few minutes as Ryan made his assertions, many of which seemed little more than slanted figures and buzz words. Joe Biden wasn’t at all shy about speaking up when he felt Ryan’s answers were either baseless, lacked specificity, completely failed to answer the moderator’s question or just outright lies. While Biden came off as a bit aggressive with his frequent interruptions, even occasionally talking over the moderator, it made for a lively debate.
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Debate moderator Martha Raddatz pointed out Ryan’s insufficient answers herself once or twice, specifically on a question regarding how he and Romney would have handled the American consulate attack in Benghazi last month differently than the administration did/is. Biden was specific in most of his own answers to Raddatz’s questions and appeared to almost be serving as something of a fact-checker as Ryan spoke.
Though President Obama inexplicably let opportunity slip by in the first debate, Vice President Biden picked up his slack Thursday. Biden worked Romney’s now-infamous “47-percent” comment into the evening’s dialogue many times during the vice presidential debate. Biden reminded voters of the many important measures the Republican Congress has been holding hostage and refusing to vote on, such as extending tax cuts for the middle class. Biden made it understood that the next presidential term will be likely see the appointment of one, perhaps two Supreme Court justices.
On the subject of abortion, both candidates explained their religious views (both are Catholic) guide their personal feelings that life begins at conception. While Rep. Ryan admitted point-blank he wants to see abortion banned except in cases of rape or danger to the life of the mother, Joe Biden explained that his religious views are his own, not something he wishes to impose on people, on women, of other faiths or belief systems. Under Obama/Biden, abortion rights will remain protected; under Romney/Ryan, women’s reproductive rights could be set back nearly half a century.
So, who won the debate? For all the reasons listed above and more, we’re calling Joe Biden the winner of the vice presidential debate 2012.