October 12th, 2012
06:50 AM ET
6 years ago

First two debates couldn't be more different

Washington (CNN) - The undercard might have outperformed the main event.

With both candidates seated feet from each other, Thursday's Kentucky showdown between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan was filled with moments of interruption, crosstalk and confrontation.


Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan • Presidential Debates
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Peace

    As woman, I really praise and am proud of Martha Raddatz. She really did a very brilliant job. Managed to control the whole debate and make it be live all way through. I found 90 minutes were like 9 minutes. Women can do a better job (men don't feel jealous)! I am looking forward that Candy Crowley would do even more in the coming debate.

    October 12, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. Anonymous

    I wouldn't call it a debate when one one person {Joe) is given the apportunity to really answer the question, then act like adisturbed , bulley when the other person(Ryan) tries to give his take on the question. I hope nothing happens to Obama before the election, for Mr. Biden some may think whould do a goood job, but personall myself and others think he rude, condensending, disrespectfull, and acted like a school yard bullly. This is not what one wants to see in their President or Vice President.

    October 12, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. jpmichigan

    Biden constant interrupts, comes across as condescending in attepts to foil his opponent. Biden showed no interest in a back-and-forth debate, but instead attempted to silence Ryan by speaking over him and denying him the opportunity to state his position. Ryan can to Danville armed with facts and specific proposals, especting to battle the VP on ideas. Instead he faed and opponent who felt he could win by eeping his opponent ideas from being heard. Credit goes to Ryan for staying calm nad not allowing the VP to distract him into a GUTTER brawl. If likability is a key measure of who wins and who loses te debate, Ryan comes away on top. It is hard to like a guy who spends 60 minutes behaving like a rude bully (Mr. VP}.

    October 12, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Woman In California

    Biden was masterful and I have always loved the way he talks about foreign policy. No one is better and more informed than he is on this subject. Ryan looked like a hillybilly who just came out of the woods to see the Big City for the first time.

    Love from California.

    October 12, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. T'sah From Virginia

    You appreciate Biden after you've seen him in person – he's geniune and that is what he delivered last night in the debate – GOBIDEN!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    October 12, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |