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 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!

Virginia Abernathy October 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Nancy, news flash, our military has been had multiple deployments for 10 years now. We inflated our military in order to man 2 wars. We lowered our standards to get men and women in boots on the ground. It's time to cut back and become more efficient. Quality over quantity is the goal. I'm not sure where you're getting your facts but you need another source. FYI - I'm a Navy spouse to an active duty member for the last 12 years. I've seen up close and personal the goings on in the Navy.
REVMAN October 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Virginia --If you belive the it will not effect your earnings as Biden said I have a bridge to sell you ,the Avg S.S. check is $1230 after 35 years of earnings ,if for over 2 years you put 2% less guess what happens,simple math.I can tell you when the younger Gen retire IF S.S. there I will be very surprised.56 million people collect now.Medicare goes up with every raise.I know I collect and really knows what's going on.DREAM ON. I got mine.
REVMAN October 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM
True Richard --That is why I think firing all incumbants right from the local level to the top untill they start to work for the people who elected them.
REVMAN October 13, 2012 at 09:09 PM
First-Sec of State Clinton sent a gay man to a muslem country and he was raped and tortured befor being murded and the guards were not adequately armed he had only 5 instead of 15.What did they expect on SEPTEMBER 11th?????
REVMAN October 13, 2012 at 09:15 PM
The polls show it was split.What scares me Biden is a heart beat away from the Presidency I hope Obama is in excellent health.


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