Vice President Joe Biden squared off against Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan Thursday night during the first and only vice presidential debate of the 2012 presidential election season.
Biden didn’t fail to exhibit his attack-dog persona, as he tried to make up for the loss President Obama took during the Oct. 3 presidential debate against Republican challenger Mitt Romney. With facial expressions, gestures and overall tone, Biden went after Ryan, essentially calling him a liar for spewing a bunch of “stuff,” which he later called “malarky.” Ryan, for his part, kept a smile on his face and had his own zingers, including: “I know you’re under a lot of duress for making up lost ground” from when Romney pummeled Obama in the presidential debate.
And this: “I think the vice president very well knows – that sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way,” Ryan said, in trying to downplay Romney’s much-criticized remark about the “47 percent.” Ryan was hitting Biden for the vice president’s reputation for his off-the-cuff remarks – that often get into hot water, such as coming out in support of gay marriage before Obama himself did – gaffes and swear words.
“But I always say what I mean, and so does Romney,” Biden shot back.
Meanwhile, debate moderator Martha Raddatz is receiving accolades today for her own performance. In fact, many perceive her as the winner of the debate. She demanded firm answers from the candidates and didn’t let either Ryan or Biden slide by without giving specifics. For example, when Biden accused Ryan of just saying “a bunch of stuff,” Raddatz chimed in saying: ”What does that mean, ‘a bunch of stuff?’”
Raddatz also pressed for specifics such as when she demanded of Ryan: “I want to know how you do the math and have this increase in defense spending?” Her performance was in stark contrast to that of Jim Lehrer who moderated the presidential debate Oct. 3.
“Everyone seems to agree that @martharaddatz is the star of this debate,” Tweeted veteran PBS journalist Charlie Rose.
Actress Eva Longoria Tweeted: “Martha Raddatz is best moderator ever!!!”
“Biden? Ryan? No, it was
@MarthaRaddatz who stole the show at the VP debate last night!” Tweeted “Good Morning America.”
Although Sarah Palin said Raddatz let Biden “ride roughshod” over Ryan.
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