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.

Hamilton Anthony Horseman October 12, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Ryan did not win other then stating facts, it was more that Biden's arrogance and rudeness lost his case. Oh and Baden would not know the truth even if it bit him in the ass
Cardiac Companion October 12, 2012 at 08:16 PM
There are no winners anywhere when in this country a mother super-glues the hands of her 3yr old daughter to the wall and beats her over potty training - kicking her in the groin, the head - causing her to urinate on herself and suffer severe head injuries. Despire all the penalties for child-abuse, it keep happening over and over again - and this country isn't doing enough at all to prevent it!
Alethiologist October 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Who is responsible for fixing this type of problem/disease?
EMR October 13, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Well, Michelle and Jill are running this country. They are not doing a bad job....


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