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.

PJ October 12, 2012 at 01:04 PM
That was torture waching this embarasment of a debate. The moderator could not (and never even tried) to control Biden and to stop his constant interrupting and heckling. Biden was more interested in talking to "all those Seniors out there" and using the usual scare tactics that the dems seem to lke to use so much. He was nothing more than a pit bull, out of control and made me feel even less respect for him. I certainly hope Obama stays healthy....if Biden ever had to take over, this country would be a complete mess!
JulieShoes October 12, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Wait, there was a debate? What I saw was definitely NOT a debate - it was our VP being rude and disrespectful by not allowing Mr. Ryan to answer a question. Biden contradicted Ryan even before he could speak. And when Mr. Ryan DID get a word in edgewise, Biden was laughing and mocking him. But that is the problem with our current administration - they have their own agenda and refuse to listen to anyone else. If Biden acts like this towards foreign leaders, I don't want to be standing next to him when they've had enough!
Tom Perri October 12, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Using that same filter, Romney struck me as far 'meaner' than Ryan. He was rude to BOTH the host and the Pres... , hey!, I'm changing my vote to the President because of "mean-ness" factor alone... For that matter, I'm donating to Liz Warren a second time to account for his mean-ness in the first debate with Warren. I wrote the above to illustrate a point. We've seen viscous attacks in campaigns for years (and years and years). I expect that both sides will always see attacks by the other as mean, and will see their own candidate as being "direct" and "telling the American people the truth". Does any adult believe that there can be TWO truths? Actually they do. In politics, as in physics, the theory of relativity still holds. Luckily, in America, "stick and stones" are imaginary. In other parts of the world,this debate would have spawned ACTUAL stone throwing, and worse. As nutty as we can all get about verbal assaults, real or perceived, we take it in stride and vote. As bad as it gets, America STILL has the best functioning democracy on the planet. And I say 'Amen' to that.
randolph summ October 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM
The best that could be said about last night's debate was the fact that Biden at least refrained from "drooling".
Semmas October 13, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Biden is a condescending &*%!! He was so disrespectful to Ryan. He is also NOT Presidential (or vice-presidential). He honestly looked like a nut up there on stage; or at the very least like he was high on something...


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