Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate?

Joe Biden and Paul Ryan sparred on Thursday night over domestic and foreign policy issues in Danville, KY. Who do you think won tonight's debate?

Most voters will probably agree that tonight's vice presidential debate was far more interesting than last week's first round of presidential debates this election.

Both candidates came out swinging and didn't let up.

The next debate returns the focus to presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at Hofstra University in New York on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The debate begins at 8 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Hey, Geneva! Who do you think won Thursday night's debate? Do you think it will sway independent voters? Vote in our poll and tell us your thoughts in comments below.

Jack October 12, 2012 at 12:03 PM
All I know is the GOP does a excellent job training their puppets.. Ryan can not answer any question direct to the point with any clarity. Biden came out with pure passion for the middle class people and a ambition to get the job done !
Eckhard Gerdes October 12, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I think what I saw one commentator say hits the nail on the head: it was like watching a grownup arguing with a child. The petulant child was whining. I don't think the grownup was mean--he was laughing the way an adult does when a child insists that magic leprechauns inhabit his breakfast cereal. The 47% that Romney kicked to the curb--public teachers, firefighters, police, our troops, anyone who gets any government funding whatsoever--are not coming back. Bid Daddy Romney has told us he hates us one time too many. Lying about it won't work. We will always remember the insult. It was no slip of the tongue--it was part of a well thought-out paragraph of points leading inexorably to his candid statement of his disdain for us in the 47%.
Jennifer October 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Biden could not wait to get the truth out. Last week Obama was polite and did not interrupt and look where it got him. Biden knows the facts and called Ryan out on them time and time again. Best moment....Ryan ripping the stimulus plan and Biden talking about Ryans request for Stimulus money. Romney/Ryan seem to change their minds on the issues daily. How can one vote for a them if they are never certain on where they stand?
Ellie October 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I found Biden's smile, smirk and general behavior distracting. It was difficult to listen to what either had to say with his antics up on the split screen. I am going to read the transcripts of the debate later today to make my decision on how it actually went. I hope that wasn't the tactic, to disrupt so much that neither could make a point. The closing statements (with no interuptions) were interesting. Based on the close, I would give a slight win to Ryan but, as I said, I'm going to read the transcripts.
Patrick Sennett October 12, 2012 at 02:44 PM
And we know how much pure passion he has by the fine job he and Obama did when they had control of both Executive Branches for two years. The richest part was when Biden implored Ryan to not talk about it, to show him something. This from the Veep to the President of speeches. Too rich to eat more than one bite.
Patrick Sennett October 12, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Best summation I saw: Angry old man yells at polite young man for 90 minutes.
Patrick Sennett October 12, 2012 at 02:48 PM
And you know from listening to the whole context that he was referring to not getting votes from the committed segment that votes Democrat, right?
Patrick Sennett October 12, 2012 at 02:49 PM
The transcripts I saw are not illuminating because all the crosstalk makes it almost unreadable in places.
Bell October 12, 2012 at 02:51 PM
i think at this point, ANYTHING is better than what we have. 4 more years of unemployment and a limping economy are more than I can take
Dave Larson October 12, 2012 at 03:35 PM
That "polite young man" was just being called out for his lies and hypocrisy.
Paul Bryant October 12, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Well Dave, as far as lies and hypocrisy, isn't that the pot calling the kettle black? Two words - Youtube video! Sheesh!
Max October 12, 2012 at 04:45 PM
It was close to a draw, with extra points going to Ryan for staying respectfully on-message, with Biden merely replaying his all-bark-and-no-bite bulldog act while ignoring the reality of the years-long economic failure that is the Obama administration. Because one or the other will help to represent US interests to the world at large for four years, I want the calm expertise of Paul Ryan over the loud-mouth "Ugly American" act that is all Joe Biden seems capable of.
Matilda B October 12, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Joe Biden was wonderful and I am grateful that he addressed the truth. Thank you Mr Biden!
Marie October 12, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Ryan was answering clearly, the mediator was restating what he said incorrectly & so was Biden, & then kept asking the question with the incorrect facts in the question. When Ryan answered with the correct facts, they kept coming back at him with inaccurate facts & assumptions. I felt like the mediator was totally biased towards Biden.
Marie October 12, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Biden was totally out of line, smirking, laughing, interrupting & acting rudely. Ryan was answering the questions & both Biden & Martha Raddatz were not listening.
Marie October 12, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I agree, Ellie. Biden was totally distracting - I could not focus on the content - his behavior was totally out of line!
Rick Anderson October 12, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Biden's rude cackles, grinning, laughing, finger pointing, arms up pontificating was classless and a huge distraction. It made me feel uneasy when I realized he had wonderful opportunity to show statesmanship and upstage the Ryan. He blew it. Biden was never asked a direct question like Ryan was...only lead in's to his trademark rants about nothing. Ryan had a chance to stump Biden with a question about what he found so funny because Biden was the only one laughing and no one was getting it but him.
Justin Eggar October 12, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I'm a bit embarrassed that the world gets to see our Vice President act like an irresponsible 10 year old on TV. Regardless of his excuses (and those that support his immature behavior) it was demeaning to his position to act like he did. If he wants the Obama administration to be treated with respect, he might want to act like a mature adult. Or step it up a notch and act like the Vice President of the US. As to the actual debate, it lacked a bit of what I wanted to see from both parties and the moderator was lackluster. Perhaps the upcoming presidential debates will be more positive.
Cassandra Lakeland October 12, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Mr. Biden made me uncomfortable and embarrassed for him. He smirked, laughed and mugged for the camera and audience. His behavior was boorish. People who are hurting economically didn't need someone making fun of things. Biden interrupted Mr. Ryan on several occasions as did the moderator. Biden also rambled on endlessly on different topics and lost my interest immediately. As an independent voter, I am simply NOT going to vote for Obama/Biden. I had already made up my mind prior to this debate. Mr. Biden just sealed the deal. "Paul Ryan is the kid solving calculus problems on the blackboard. Joe Biden is the kid making fart sounds in the back of the room". - Dawn Slike
Rita Gorra October 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Oh my goodness. I guess you can't win. Polite as Mr. Obama was, and he was called disinterested. Biden, who couldn't believe what LIES he was hearing, smiled in disbelief. What can you expect from people who believe as a party that the government should stay out of people's lives, unless it is about a woman's choice to have children? Really? Or free market, until it blows up, then let the government pay for it. Let us only pay benefits and healthcare for people who represent us. Not millionaires, the Koch Bros. or special interest. I am one of the 53% but respect the 100% all Americans. Love ya Joe, tell it like it is!
James October 13, 2012 at 01:00 AM
This current adminsstration is a joke and everyone outside the us is taking full advantage. Enough with the "lifetime politicians" it's time to see a business man running the biggest business in the world.
Jack October 13, 2012 at 01:58 AM
OMG...Max. I will remember your calm expertise comment when the Romney /Ryan team gets duped into launching a nuke attack on Iran. They are being led by the same idiot war mongers who duped Bush into going into Iraq. I pray you don't have children eligible to be sacrificed in the desert for the Cheneys who tremble at being perceived "weak ".Wake-up!
Jack October 13, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Could not have said better! It was about time one of the Dems spoke up against the blatant lies ....and said the heck with being politically correct. Thanks Rita.....
G.Ryan October 13, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Brainless Biden wonderful? He lied on the Libya security issue...And I was tired of seeing his pearly white dentures ! He is so full of himself...him & B.O. make a great pair! A pair that will be removed by the American people on November 6th. His laughing gestures at the state of this country's affairs with national security violations, trillions in debt, soaring unemployment and underemployment, increasing government employment by 40% of the GDP, murdering of an American Ambassador who was tortured,a stimulus program failure, 7 bankrupt energy investments of taxpayers money, cash for clunkers stupidity, and an administration who does not have a clue on how to solve a problem in a bipartisan manner. And all he can do is smirk and laugh at the American people like he was on some game show? Did he think he was on some type of entertainment show?...because quite frankly I don't think what our nation is facing is a laughing matter. If he behaviors like this in front of the American people, I am certain he also behaviors like that in front of other Nation dignitaries and their staff.
Marie October 13, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I agree with G. Ryan. Biden was totally out of line & he is an embarrasement as a leader of our country.
G.Ryan October 13, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Thanks, Marie. Biden interrupted Paul Ryan 82 times. Paul Ryan as you may know has a degree in economics and I would of like to hear his responses but he kept getting cut off. Thanks again for your comments.
Max October 13, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Calm down, "Jack". Attacking Iran's nukes is not the same as a nuke attack on Iran. The Israelis can handle it by themselves, anyway -- as they have often done in the past. We all hope that the use of nuclear weapons will never again be necessary. The fewer of them there are, the more likely it is we can avoid their use. If the Iranians miscalculate and make it necessary for us to take military action against them in our own defense, that will be a sad day, indeed. But not a day of our making.
Cassandra Lakeland October 13, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Amen, James. It's funny how the Democrat supporters think that they're being told the truth by the Obama regime. I suppose if you listen to the left stream media long enough you'll buy anything. I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell them.
Matilda B October 15, 2012 at 05:41 PM
well Romney was governor of MA. He can't carry that state, was missing in action 1/4th of the time, raised their taxes and fees, and was seen as nonpartisan. I will go with the guys who care about the country. That would not include the tea party
G.Ryan October 15, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Matilda, you are brainwashed from the media. Mr. Romney did not even get paid as Governor of Mass. Yes, he took the job and worked without pay. B.O. does not care about our country he is an Anti-American and has a great plan to downsize America. And it looks like he has done a good job of it already in the 4 years in office. Americans will not allow him to destroy this great Republic any further. He will be removed. And Boston Mass is a Democrat State and Mr. Romney did work well with them as he brought them out of a financial crisis so get your facts straight.


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