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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 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.

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.

GEG October 12, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Biden's rudeness, interrupting and smirking really turned me off. He actually made the debate unwatchable.
Kevin October 12, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Biden was the stupidest man in the room last night
Webster October 12, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I am a democrat that will vote for Obama in the upcoming election and I was shocked at how unprofessional, smug and rude Joe Biden was during the debate. There was no excuse for his mugging, interupting, smirking, chuckling etc. I dont even care what he said, he said more about himself with his idiotic behavior.
Gary Diamond October 12, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I though Joe was very kind to Paul Ryan, he held back on what a flip flopper Ryan is, he should have asked Ryan why he flip flopped on his extreme view of Ayn Rand http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9LGiJfMVhs
Southbury Resident October 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I can't imagine myself voting for Obama and Biden. Between growing gas prices, fuel prices and VP acting like child I think we done here. What we need is government working together and if administration is acting like Biden I can't imagine anything will move forward. I would not work with person acting like Biden at my work. So I don't see how Republicans would want to work with Biden. Personally I don't care who wins but I would not vote for Biden/Obama too much drama not enough work.
Kevin October 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Well said Southbury Resident.
Luke October 13, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I am not ready to return to the GOP's policies of dragging us into wars we do not belong in, tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and pandering to hard right pro-lifers. Pointing at the gas pump like it's Obama's fault is silliness.The idea that this president has not worked hard is also just uninformed. It's about as nonsensical as talking about what sort of rape is legitimate. You might not like what he did, but he worked hard at it and got zero support from the Republicans. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a gigantic legislative feat. Sadly, such efforts are few and far between by our federal government.
Gary Diamond October 13, 2012 at 04:19 AM
"Gov. Romney's central economic plan calls for a $5 trillion tax cut," Obama said. "On top of the extension of the Bush tax cuts -- that's another trillion dollars -- and $2 trillion in additional military spending that the military hasn't asked for." Perhaps if he was not so much of a chickenhawk or if one of his 5 sons had the courage to join the service, like Joe Biden's son, he would not be so eager to go to war. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/romney-wants-to-spend-2-trillion-on-the-military-it-hasnt-even-asked-for-2012-10#ixzz299IsDO1x
candlou October 13, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Biden came across as an arrogant drunk. He lied about the the Libyan terrorist attack in order to back up his boss..

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