October 12th, 2012
07:45 AM ET
7 years ago

Feisty vice presidential debate sets up Obama-Romney rematch

(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.


Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan • Presidential Debates
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  1. Babyboomer

    I enjoyed last night's debate. I thought both men came to play. However, the VP had the facts and the history to back them up. Ryan's attempt to bring up Reagan failed because he forgot that VP Biden was in the Senate when all the "Bipartisan work" between Tip O'Neal and Reagan was going on. On foreign policy, Ryan failed again. VP Biden has a wealth of foreign policy experience and it was on display last night. As for the drunk uncle comparisons, how many of you have really been around a drunk uncle. The VP's points were clear, understandable and factual. No drunk uncle has the kind of gravitas the VP showed last night. As for being rude, Romney wins the prize for that. Mr. 47% of American are worthless himself... I was completely done once I heard that... Obama/Biden 2012

    October 12, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Phil Thomas

    Geez the RNC has thier summer interns out in Full force hitting these message boards today, Biden swept the floor with Ryan. As for the grin, smile and frustration what do you do when a guy is lying on national TV. We know from Obama v Romney Cable news won't correct the record so Biden took on him self to do that. Go back to English 101 GOP summer intern trolls your internship is over

    October 12, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    Hmmm, I wonder which reichwing radio/tv bloviator is pushing the "Joe's dentures" talking point to their useful idiots today? Guess if you've got no REAL argument ya go for childish insults. Funny, I don't recall the Dems making fun of mittens' $80k wig following last week's debate, proving who the real grownups are.

    October 12, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    Lyin' couldn't provide specifics for any of mittens' "policies", except to explain that there's "framework in place" to get it done. In other words, "we want to do this no matter how much it hurts the middle class, but we're really just flying by the seat of our pants without a real plan". I seem to recall the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue's handlers & surrogates used to use the "framework" phrase everytime they had a plan to put the screws to everyone who isn't in the top 3%, and we all know how that worked out, don't we?

    October 12, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Larry L


    Its clear biden thinks unemp #s, dead ambassador & deficit are a joke. He really didnt have anything productive to say.
    Typical for a conservative to try and make an issue out of a tragedy. Romney was making a fool of himself during the crisis as it developed! The President waited to allow the intelligence community to perform an analysis BEFORE declaring a conclusion. President Obama isn't like Bush – who cherry-picked intelligence data to start a war. The President has handled foreign affairs masterfully. Romney couldn't take one trip w/o angering our allies.

    October 12, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Ryan was very VERY clear last night about what Mittens' tax plan truly is:

    Lead from behind.

    October 12, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |

    Joe Biden came across as 'Itchy..Tweetchy..Goofy'..Not once did Joe take time-out to directly make the case Why
    America should give Pres Obama 4-more-years.....................

    Paul Ryan if nervous..aside for sipping a lot of water...did not show-it...He laid-out The Romney/Ryan ticket Plan for
    the country and then looked directly into the EYES of America and asked for their support..............

    The who won POLL....48%..Ryan......44%..Biden....4% more for Ryan is huge considering that he is "Unknown"

    October 12, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. TiredoftheBS

    Captain Awesome said:

    ..an ambassador died, obama lied....
    5K troops died, Bush lied... where was your outrage then?

    October 12, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. daisy

    The debate was a turn off, martha allowing biden to constanty laughing it off at everything and interrupting paul. It was hard to hear anything. Why even have a debate if you can't hear anything?. It was fustrating. Was biden on drugs or drinking?. martha did a lousy job.

    October 12, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Rr

    "CAN YOU SEND ME SOME STIMULUS MONEY". Hilarious coming from the no government dependency Romney Ryan ticket. - told you it was a club

    October 12, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Duval

    Biden acted like a coward. He tried to cut off anything Ryan had to say that might hurt Obama. It was shameful but anyone with eyes and ears knows that is standard procedure for that group. If you actually wanted to hear anything and be fair to the American people you would need a better moderator and a VP with some manners and class.

    October 12, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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