Now that was a debate!

By Erin Drushel

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Last night was the first and only vice presidential debate between the current Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Republican VP hopeful Congressman Paul Ryan.  It was certainly an entertaining and energetic debate between the number two candidates.

Biden’s Performance:

Joe was pretty dazzling.  He came out swinging and knocked it out of the park.  He was on the ball and firing back, challenging many of his opponent’s statements.  He was articulate and able to talk about a variety of different issues, enabling him to control a lot of the discourse.  I’ll be honest, normally when I’m reading about Joe I tend to be face-palming  – but last night I was very impressed.

Ryan’s Performance:

Ryan performed well.  He was composed and certainly exuded a presidential feel which is important when the nation is assessing both VP candidates as potential Presidents.  He was well prepared on the “non-answer,” where he deftly brought the conversation back to the GOP’s main talking points.  He did, however, play the debate a bit safer than I expected – but a good showing nonetheless.

What I liked:

Despite deep ideological differences, I could still sense the respect that both candidates feel toward one another.  Obviously, there were some tense moments in the debate, but that’s the nature of it.  Generally speaking, it left me with a good feeling.

As for Martha Raddatz’s moderation – a thousand times better than the first presidential debate.

What I didn’t like:

I didn’t like the abortion question.  More specifically, I didn’t like the context of the question.  I understand the historic value in asking two Catholic VP candidates how they came to their views, but it just didn’t sit well with me.  Your mileage may vary.

Favourite quotes of the night:

“With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey.” – Joe Biden

“… I think the Vice President very well knows that sometimes the words don’t always come out of your mouth the right way.” – Paul Ryan

The debate as a whole:

For the ever-sought-after independent voters, I would have to say that Joe Biden was the winner.  Independent voters are looking for details to help them decide who to vote for – Ryan didn’t give details.  Though he delivered them well, Ryan mainly relayed broad statements of intention.

Will the Vice President’s stellar showing be enough to eclipse the lack-luster performance of the President last week?  Time will tell.  I do believe Biden’s performance will help to reignite some of the fires that were doused following the first presidential debate.  More importantly, I think Biden’s performance will go a long way toward firing-up Obama himself as he readies for Round Two next week.

See it for Yourself!

If you missed yesterday’s debate, you can view it in its entirety below:

Next Upcoming Debate

Next up is the second of three presidential debates on October 16 – check your local listings.


– Erin Drushel