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.

Bill Butterly October 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM
It was reported that Biden was doing so poorly in the prepping that they brought in Axelrod ( the French Restaurant Maitre d with an attitude) to prep him. That was apparent. What a classless jerk.
joe_m October 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Martha Raddatz did a poor job by allowing Biden to constantly interrupt Ryan. Biden came across as an elitist and very condescending. As VP he should have been able to clearly define the time line for the Benghazi attack and the information flow, instead he either lied or did not know and repeated speculation. Ryan won the debate in my opinion.
Voice of Reason October 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM
"Jay Biden just nailed him on being a hypocrite about that stimulus." It's not really hypocritical. As a Congressman, Ryan has a responsibility to serve the best interest of constituents of that District. To the undecided observer I believe that Ryan came out a little better than slightly ahead but this wasn't the trouncing that Romney did to Obama. Biden was far too disrespectful and inappropriate with his behavior, it will likely hurt him. No surprises for me from this debate.
PaulCT October 12, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I am registered as an Independent voter. II watched both debates closely. Our esteemed Vice President Buffoon made complete the ongoing image of himself. IF you watched it, and saw Jumpin' Joe SMILING and LAUGHING and GRINNING during very, very serious topics being discussed, you would be as disgusted as I was. These are VERY important issues, and our 2nd in line is grinning like a Cheshire Cat, laughing, interrupting ... very sad spectacle. I spent over an hour this morning at our local coffee shop, and MOST of the people there were discussing the same thing, with the same views. Several clearly said they had voted for Obama/Biden in 2008, but would NEVER repeat that mistake again.
Joyce October 12, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I agree with PaulCT. Our VP was very unprofessional. Could stand to relearn some manners he seems to have forgotten.
Ray Sullivan October 12, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Joe Biden showed himself as cocky, uncharitable and cynical, an attitude developed over serving too long in the Senate It is an attitude we have seen before in career politicians from both parties, such as Ted Kennedy, Sens. Bird, Reid and McConnell. That cynical laugh must be practiced and polished in the chambers of the Senate. The modern day Democratic Party is a sallow shell of what it used to be. We need term limits!!
Bob Donofrio October 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Very condescending, very. That was the view I had of Bidden. Bidden couldn't define a stimulas plan, while Ryan laid out the 5 point plan. Bidden chose the wrong time to laugh.
Bob Donofrio October 12, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Notice very few people here give a full name.


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