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Friday, October 12, 2012

Biden-Ryan Veep Debate: What do you think?


ABC's Martha Raddatz was, thankfully, no Jim Lehrer.

OK Plainfield Today readers, did the Veep Debate make up for the first presidential debate?

What did you think of last night's dustup between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan? (For a roundup of media coverage and reaction, see the CLIPS blog here.)

For openers, ABC News' Martha Raddatz got a lot of credit for actually moderating the debate: challenging Biden and Ryan to be specific, and cutting them off when it was time to move to another question. She was no pushover and contrasted sharply with Jim Lehrer's dismal performance the week before. (Jim Lehrer did not see it that way, as he explained on Brian Lehrer's WNYC show this past Monday -- see here)

Did Biden make up for Obama's performance last week? How?

Did Ryan acquit himself well as a spokesperson for Romney's platform?

Were the two evenly matched? Was there anything in particular you thought would sway an undecided voter?

Next week is Presidential Debate 2: Tuesday, October 16, 9 PM. This will be a Town Hall style debate.

Comment away!



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4 comments:

Bob said...

Way to go, Joe! I hope the president takes a page from last night's debate. Never be nice to a Republican, at least not the ones we have now. They won't be nice to you and they will lie through their teeth, as Romney did in the first debate and our president turned wuss. Hillary wouldn't have given them an inch.

Anonymous said...

Biden was rude and didn't follow the rules interupting Ryan 80 times during the debate. None of us independents were impressed. His bad behavior vastly overshadowed his content.

Siddeeq said...

To Anon 8:01 AM

So where were you when Mitt kept interupting the President in the first debate? I hope you weren't impressed with him for doing that, unless of course you're really a Republican.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 8:01 - you may be an "independent" but using interruptions (and I question the count of 80) is about the strangest thing I have heard in while for being upset with a candidate. It's the content that is most important at this time - when all the problems of the US are solved we can spend time worrying about debate manners. It's no wonder we can move the ball in this country - we are focused on trivial nonsense.