Biden, Ryan trade blows in vice presidential debate
October 11th, 2012
09:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden, Ryan trade blows in vice presidential debate

(CNN) - A combative debate Thursday between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan came down to the issue of trust.

The running mates to President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney in next month's presidential election each challenged the other's facts and claims in the 90-minute nationally televised debate that was their only showdown of the campaign.

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  1. Che

    If the vp could have shut his mouth and let others talk ....just like this admin....can't shut up and lsten

    October 11, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. Name Cilly

    Ryan seemed nervous And thirsty! A sonny boy who was out classed and out of his league.

    October 11, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    In case the far right missed it, Ryan APOLOGIZED for America and even tried to undermine Gates.

    October 11, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  4. Louis

    We need a new VP, bottom line.

    October 11, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  5. steven

    Joe Biden, absolutely demolished Ryan. From the medicare coupon plan to Ryan wanting to sending American soldiers to the east of Afghanistan, causing our death to rise substantially. Obama didn't do well against Romney because he is a chameleon, he will do anything or say anything to win.

    October 11, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  6. Ken

    I thought Joe Biden was very unprofessional. He should have allowed Paul Ryan to speak. He can rebuttal Paul Ryan on his time not Paul's.

    October 11, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. steven

    PS Ryan was scarey

    October 11, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. Renae K

    Pleasantly surprised on how well Ryan did.

    October 11, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. NameSirad

    Vice president won

    October 11, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  10. NameHonest reaction

    Biden is the smiling jack o lantern. Medicated and feeling fine. No need for facts. Just smiling.

    October 11, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  11. jim

    Biden was arrogant and vague as usual, although Ryan needed to be more aggresive biden' arrogance stupid smirk make this a clear ryan win.

    October 11, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    Romney had the stupidest smirk on his face during his debate with the President, if you stupid right-wingers want to talk about smirks. And let's not forget the constant batting of the eyes while we're at it.

    October 11, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Lorenzo

    Romney will keep the US at war AND keep our troops coming home to Dover AFB with toe tags-absolutely NO leadership-corporate budgets are far different that GAO standards-Check Bain Capital day-to-day; ask what "he can do for his country, NOT what his country has done for him" as JFK said-as a disabled Vietnam vet I could NOT see Mittens as my C-in-C

    October 11, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. Ken

    I found it funny how Joe Biden kept complaining about not getting enough time to speak and it was the Joe Biden show. Joe, you got your time. You spoke for about 41 minutes to Paul's 40 minutes. Plus you used some of his time up by interrupting the heck out of him.

    October 11, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  15. cbray

    Even debate rude Vic president

    October 11, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. Yvonne

    I know Joe Biden won hands down.

    October 11, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  17. Amwa

    Ryan has so much to learn, Biden came equipped and was himself and everyone loves Joe who is for middle Americans and doesn't have to pretend, Ryan lost this debate as it is hard to really fake who you are really for. You won Joe, we love you. Obama/Biden 2012

    October 11, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Watching facial expressions - I have to agree with someone earlier today that said Ryan sometimes looks like Goober on Andy Griffith show. He has no lips, and smiles up-side-down.

    October 11, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. Tamara

    Congressman Ryan had my vote until he admitted to taking money from the Obama administration. How do you slam their financial policies and tactics on one hand and then take their money on the other? Congressman Ryan lost his credibility with me.

    October 11, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  20. JD

    Biden wasn't "vice-presidential" let alone presidential. He was loud, angry and kept talking over Ryan to the determinant of the public trying to hear responses. He comes across as impatient and rude. Wonderful qualities for the second in command.

    October 11, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  21. The truth

    Ryan was a robot

    October 11, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. disgusted senior

    biden needs to be sent to his room! no tv or snacks....he was embarrassing...the end.

    October 11, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  23. Abinadab Salgado

    I think Biden won. It didn't stop Romney interrupting and winning the debate last time and tonight that same tactic got Biden the win.

    I think Biden won.

    October 11, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  24. Elaine

    Joe Biden had a great preformance.

    October 11, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  25. Todd

    I streamed the debate via my iPhone. Sounded like Ryan got his backside handed to him.

    October 11, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
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