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, among other topics, 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 in 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.

Who do you think won the debate? Tell us in the comments!

Tony M October 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Get a Life.
Guido October 14, 2012 at 12:21 AM
There are several independent candidates fighting this corruption of our government and our elected officials; but the media do not give them any air time. The six major media are owned by the Multinational Corporations. I won't vote for either Obama or Romney; however, I am free to vote for Anderson, Stein, Johnson, and others, who are independent candidates. Corporate America provides us an illusion of choice, but they are both whores.
Guido October 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Obama intends to cut social security by raising the retirement age. So it's not only Romney and the Republicans; the Democrats have blood on their hands, too. Consider voting independent.
Pro Death October 14, 2012 at 01:16 AM
"God" Help us all if Obama and Biden are elected!
Guido October 14, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Are not campaign contributions legalized bribery? And if so, are not politicians guilty of treason for selling political favors? And isn't treason a capital offense? So why do Americans allow these traitors to get away with these capital crimes? They just call bribery campaign contributions.


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