Georgia Voices: In VP debate, the edge went to Ryan
by The Savannah Morning News
October 16, 2012 12:00 AM | 1536 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
What A difference a week and a serious behind-kicking make. In contrast to last week’s steamrolling of President Barack Obama by Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the vice presidential debate between incumbent Joe Biden and Paul Ryan was more evenly matched, with the blustery and toothy Mr. Biden in full attack-dog mode against the more quietly earnest Mr. Ryan.

Both dished it out as well as they received it. But the edge goes to Mr. Ryan.

He was more fact-oriented and less theatrical than his Democratic opponent, whose editorial facial expressions detracted from the quality of his arguments.

Practically speaking, nothing radically new was learned about either ticket. Both Mr. Biden and Mr. Ryan stuck to standard party line views and talking points. Each side will continue to paint the other as a radical danger to America.

They discussed a broad range of topics, including Iran, the embassy attacks in Benghazi, abortion rights and the economy. Both candidates engaged the opposition, although some of the interruptions and contradictions served to cloud matters rather than clear them up.

Credit must be given to the debate moderator, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, who did her best to keep the pugnacious Mr. Biden at bay, to control the tempo and to ask sharp questions without dictating to the candidates entirely. Her work was an improvement over last week’s moderator, Jim Lehrer, who was too much of a pushover.

Even the post-debate analysis was relatively even for each candidate. Fact-checkers called out both candidates equality.

For example, regarding the embassy attacks, Mr. Biden said, “Well, we weren’t told they wanted more security there. We did not know they wanted more security again.” He was wrong there, judging by testimony from Obama administration officials at a hearing in Washington a day earlier.

On the other hand, Mr. Ryan has been called out for his assessment of Iran’s current nuclear capability, claiming that Iran possessed enough fissile material for five nuclear weapons. In reality, Iran isn’t believed to have produced any of the highly enriched uranium needed to produce one nuclear weapon, let alone five.

Then there was Joe Biden’s white perma-smile, held almost steady throughout the debate. In keeping with the partisan reactions to the debate, those on the political left found his smile to be genuine and endearing. Those on the right thought it was creepy.

The contrasting styles between the two candidates, who come from different generations, created some drama. But, in the end, Thursday’s debate will likely have the same effect on Election Day as previous VP debates — almost none.
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Phil Barger
November 12, 2012
And when all the pundits had their time, and the NeoCons their sharp comments, Ryan was proved to be what we all knew he was ,, A Loser,,,

Time to return of the right wing entertainment masquerading as news and get in touch with reality,,
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