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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 and 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.

Cassandra

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.

Angie

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.

Anonymous

Biden is a mouthpiece, an empty suit.

LiveForFreedom

"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.

WallyBoy1891

I love Biden's Passion.

Jay

Biden just nailed him on being a hypocrite about that stimulus.

Brigit

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!

Yankee1 October 13, 2012 at 08:49 PM
What is dumb Charles referring to? I guess he cannot read or think
DisgruntledInClinton October 13, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Dumb Charles also cannot spell. I always ignore him. He brings nothing but uneducated derision to the table. Great job, DHHS! I also enjoyed the video. Gracias!
DHHS CLASS OF 1971 October 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Hello Charles! Patch readers can always count on you to offer brilliant commentary. Apparently, you did not graduate from Hand. Your sentence structure and spelling are awful. Can I suggest that you call a proctologist? Your head appears to be stuck. Here is the toll free number for you: 1- 8 0 0 - L I B E R A L
Yankee1 October 13, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Hey Charles: You just set education at Hand back about 20 years with your spelling and sentence structure. I bet all of the English teachers at Hand are embarrassed by your writing ability. I still don't get the "white rich kids" in your lame comment. Whatever you do don't vote. Morons like you should not have the right to vote.
Audrey Fitting October 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Of course Ryan one. It doesn't take a genius to see how phoney Biden is. And what a liar.

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