(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan hit the campaign trail on Friday after a combative debate in which they challenged each other's facts and claims while offering starkly different visions for the direction the country should follow.
In the lone debate between the vice presidential contenders, Biden achieved his goal of bringing the fight to his GOP foe in battling Ryan to a draw, boosting the spirits of Democrats disheartened by President Barack Obama's lackluster performance in the first presidential debate last week.
(CNN) – When he wasn't laughing, Joe Biden sounded a like a belligerent old man.
Paul Ryan sipped from a cup and looked like a beleaguered altar boy.
Fair or not, those were just two characterizations of Thursday's vice presidential debate on Twitter, where a Greek chorus of jokesters kept up a witty commentary throughout the 90-minute event. As with any live TV event in the social media age, the people of Twitter let no gaffe or verbal tic go unnoticed.
Here are 25 of our favorites:
Danville, Kentucky (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan, the man who wants his job, exchanged fire over taxes, Medicare, national security and some animated facial expressions in their only debate before Election Day.
Here are five things we learned from Thursday night:
(CNN) - One day after the vice presidential debate, Mitt Romney holds a rally in Virginia before joining his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, for an event later Friday in Lancaster, Ohio.
Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, attend a rally in Wisconsin, the home turf of Ryan, Biden's debate opponent Thursday night. President Barack Obama spends the day in Washington, D.C.
See a full schedule of the day's events after the jump.
(CNN) - The September attack that killed four Americans at a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya was the subject of a few claims at Thursday night's vice presidential debate at Centre College in Kentucky.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan contended that requests for more security at the mission were denied before the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens on September 11.
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.
(CNN) - There was no shortage of wind or electricity at Thursday night's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican contender for that office. But federal support for wind power and electric cars was one of the early flashpoints between the two.
"Was it a good idea to spend taxpayer dollars on electric cars in Finland or windmills in China?" Ryan asked Biden as he defended the Obama administration's economic stimulus measures. "Was it a good idea to borrow this money from China and spend it on these interest groups?"
Washington (CNN) – At times it seemed as if Martha Raddatz, who moderated Thursday's vice presidential debate, was the third debater.
At other times she was the seasoned ABC News war correspondent who kept the two guys in suits taking snarky swipes at each other in line.
(CNN) – The Affordable Care Act emerged as an issue during Thursday night's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
The claim: "Look at all the string of broken promises: ' If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,' " Ryan said, repeating President Barack Obama's oft-stated vow. "Try telling that to the 20 million people who are projected to lose their health insurance if Obamacare goes through or the 7.4 million seniors who are going to lose it."
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CNN: Five things we learned from Thursday's vice presidential debate
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan, the man who wants his job, exchanged fire over taxes, Medicare, national security and some animated facial expressions in their only debate before Election Day. Here are five things we learned from Thursday night:
CNN: Biden, Ryan in combative exchange, but call it a draw
A combative debate on Thursday between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan came down to the issue of trust. They challenged each other's facts and claims and offered starkly different visions for the direction of the country.