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.

Steven DeVaux October 12, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Neither won or lost. Obama has been set up now for the next debate. Good planning on Romney's part.
Stephen October 12, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Who won the debate? If you are a Republican, Ryan won. If you are a Democrat, Biden won. For over 90% of the people reading this that will be an accurate assessment. There are very few who are REALLY now open to change their minds. Steve
John October 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM
There were no winners, including the American people who should be able to see why the Obama administration, represented by the rude and arrogant Joe Biden and the young Republican representative from Congress cannot even respect each other, never mind work together during difficult times for America...Laugh Joe if you will, but this is not a laughing a matter to me and many others hard working Americans.
Bryan Fitzgerald October 13, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Joe Biden demonstrated himself to be a rude, obnoxious buffoon who is clearly NOT presidential. He is an embarrassment to the American people and I was actually laughing out loud at his behavior myself (much like he was inappropriately laughing) when I was not feeling like vomiting. I could never take such a person seriously. Paul Ryan is a class act who put Biden to shame....
Lucia October 13, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Biden acted like a rude, disrespectful person. He interrupted 82 times while Ryan was a gentleman. I supposed biden was told to show some passion since obama's performance was so flat, but he went overboard laughing inappropriately. I don't think innocent people dying should have been laughed at nor are unemployment numbers funny. I suppose there are those who would call biden's behavior passionate, but he just looked like a rude schoolboy to me.


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