Weigh In: Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate?

Joe Biden and Paul Ryan sparred Thursday night over domestic and foreign policy issues in Danville, KY. Who do you think won the debate?

Most voters will probably agree that Thursday night's vice presidential debate was far more interesting than last week's first round of presidential debates this election.

Both candidates came out swinging and didn't let up. Even if you opted to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers lose to the Tennessee Titans first, you've probably had time by now to watch the debate on your DVR or check out news reports of the highlights.

The next debate returns the focus to presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at Hofstra University in New York on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The debate begins at 9 p.m.

Who do you think won Thursday night's debate? Do you think it will sway independent voters? Tell us your thoughts in the comments, below.

Lisa Long Wilson October 14, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Jacob, A budget was passed in April of 2009 with bi-partisan support. However, since then, NO budget has been passed...and let me remind you that the Democrat party held a super majority and NO Republican could have stopped a single bill or budget from being passed in 2010. So stop blaming Republicans for the failure of this president and administration. Secondly, I would like to point out to you that several budgets have passed the House of Representatives in 2010, 2011, and 2012. The reason they have not been enacted into law is because Harry Reid, the Democrat majority leader of the Senate, will not allow them to come to the floor for a vote! AGAIN...It's the Democrats stopping a budget from being passed. Whether you like it or not, all of this is a matter of Congressional record, and anyone who cares to take the time can look it up on the Federal Gov't/ Congressional websites. Look, I don't mind people expressing their opinions, but those opinions should at least be based on facts.
Erin Conners October 14, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Lisa just to let you know congress is mostly responsible for passing a budget. They "hold the purse strings" as laid out in the constitution. One of the flaws with the constitution is that this process is not really very clear. The president makes a request/suggestion but it is not the executive branch that is responsible for the budget. The O admin did pass the Budget Control Act because of bipartisan committee was unable to agree on a budget (that gets presented to congress like legislation I believe). It basically says that if congress will not agree on a budget by (it was january but I think it got pushed further) then there will be equal and huge cuts to each portion of spending. He was not debarred. Ryan's budget would never be approved by congress, so it does not really count as a "fall back."
Mark A. October 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
How come when Biden jumps all over Ryan, he is being rude, bullying, and disrespectful, but when Romney jumps all over Obama he is being aggressive, forceful, and showing leadership?
Jacob Pavlecic October 14, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Lisa, you and Airdoc don't have the facts. Harry Reid allowed the house budget plan to come for a vote. It failed. http://www.californiahealthline.org/articles/2012/5/17/senate-rejects-several-republicansupported-fy-2013-budget-plans.aspx The senate has been unable to pass a budget because the GOP won't let Harry Reid bring up the democrats proposal for a vote. Also, it's very tough to pass a budget when you have an entire party promising to never raise taxes under any circumstances. The point of democracy is to compromise, but that's impossible when the GOP won't even consider tax increases.
Erin Conners October 15, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I was thinking the same thing. I think the lack of comments on this thread might have something to do with the majority feeling Biden won. If Ryan had slaughtered Biden there would be 100+ comments by now despite the Steeler game. Personally, I think Martha Raddatz won. She was really great at cutting off both of those guys when they started going off on the same old accusatory tangents.


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