October 12th, 2012
07:15 AM ET
8 years ago

Five things we learned from Thursday's vice presidential debate

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:


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

    Lies, lies, lies, lies, lies from PAUL RYAN.

    October 12, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  2. noname

    this is cool mitrommney is right

    October 12, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. CBR

    At the beginning Mr. Ryan's expression was a controlled grin. That said it all. The Romney people waited for the VP to make a mistake. Mr. Ryan was waiting for that to happen. Mr. Ryan is believed to be the "policy wonk" and many forgot that he was the author of a very controversial budget that would comes with big changes in spending. Medicare and Social Security were two programs that would change. In politics change is slow to happen. People are not ready to changes to those programs particularly when the economy is down. These are life lines for senior citizens.

    October 12, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. rosco

    The one thing we learned Biden thinks being V.P. is a joke. I dont get how you can laugh off the problems were facing.
    Fact is Biden was a better entertainer last night, but it was still the same song nothing but excuses.

    October 12, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I didn't hear from Ryan how the lowering of tax rates would get the economy moving faster. It wasn't made clear as to when this kind of thing was done in the past so we could see how well it worked.

    October 12, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Bascially we learned (Already knew) that things will not change if Obama is Re-Elected. The last 4 years tell you all you need to konw.

    October 12, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. rs

    We know the GOP has no foreign policy, that's for sure. They sit in the cheap seats and complain about what Obama has done, but when pressed they disolve into "we agree with the President and we wouldn't do anything different". It is so apparent they have no clue what they are talking about! They may fool their own dim supporters with this idiocy, but just like Mr. Romney's "summer vacation" in Europe, their stupidity won't do a thing to further American stature or safety.

    October 12, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. d

    We learned nothing from Ryan...well except he is not for All americans and of course when it comes to human rights his views trump the consitution. yep Not voting for this ticket...

    October 12, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. ST

    I would prefer that Wolf Blitzer should refrain from influencing the outcome of the debates. He did it last time and also yesterday. Other Networks do not do like he does. Leave it to yourself and leave to the observers to decide who was the winner and who wasn't. It makes sense.

    October 12, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. rs

    No Rosco, the only thing Biden laughed off was Ryan's pathetic debate answers. He made Ryan and Romney look like foolls on foreign policy, and managed to call ito question Romney's "wisdom" of giving the rich another obscene tax cut.

    October 12, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Neutral Observer

    Actually, I thought the moderator won. She interupted Ryan almost as much as the VP did.

    October 12, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Vote president Obama ,only the gop fools and the Mormons will vote for romney the tax cheat !!!!!! Then he will be called ,pope romney the tax cheat ,king of the Mormons and the rest of the American surfs!!!!

    October 12, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |