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.

Eileen October 12, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I agree Tom. Biden was embarrassing. While I think they were fairly even in content, (though Ryan nailed him on the embassy issue) Ryan definitely had a more professional demeanor.
Archie Bunker III October 12, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Biden nailed the liar! "I've never met two guys who are more down on America," Biden responded, in an unusually harsh retort. "They talk about this Great Recession as if it fell out of the sky. ... It came from this man voting to put two wars on a credit card. ... And now, all of a sudden, these guys are so seized with concern about the debt that they created."
Tom Falconieri October 12, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Just a point as usual CHICAGO BULLYINGPOLITICS came out loud and clear last night. And their way or the highway came out loud and clear last night also. Biden is a BULLY and that is basically what a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT IS!!! PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!! Interrupting RYAN 85 times i think it was was disgraceful. But this is the attitude of liberal democrats. RYAN nailed him good on taxing the rich. Their is not even enough money available from them to make a difference with the money the O MAN HAS SPENT. And to sit their and tell the American people 250K is what most MOM & POP businesses make is beyond comprehension. If these two dems get elected and offset the supreme court we are DEAD PERIOD!!
Tom Falconieri October 12, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Also the moderator did an awful job of controlling BIDEN'S outbursts and interruptions.
don white October 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
and Ryn was a LIAR!! take your pick. I'd pick an honest man over someone, with no convictions, willing to say anything to get elected.


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