So the Vice Presidential debate is done and dusted. Finally. We’ve been anticipating it since the Palin/Biden debate in 2008. Many Americans, and non Americans wanted to see how someone else faired against the Vice President of the United States. We all know that Palin wiped the floor with Biden back in 2008 – one of the most watched debate in Vice Presidential debate history – over 70 million people tuning in.
Ryan Verses Biden!
Well, from watching it, the first thing that came to my mind was how rude the Vice President was to his opponent. We get it, the man is competing for your office, but at least show an ounce of respect. Biden was rude. He interrupted, laughed, scoffed and more than less mocked Paul Ryan – and no less but in front of the man too!
Just take for example the Romney/Obama debate. Romney listened when the President spoke and then took the opportunity to argue his point once the judicator had given him his prompt. He gave the President a respectful look, even though they have totally different views on how the country should be managed.
Biden on the other hand was a complete rude idiot. He interrupted Ryan 82 times. He smirked, laughed, or interrupted constantly throughout the debate. I lost count at the amount of times Ryan had to start his point again just because the Vice President had butted in and put him off topic.
There was no comparison between how Romney controlled the debate, vs. Biden, who was a distraction to the debate. No comparison.
Let’s have a look at the polls recently updated to see who Americans thought won the debate:
CNN poll – Ryan 49 Biden 43
CNBC poll – Ryan 56 to Biden 36
AP poll – Ryan 51 to Biden 43
Although it’s not scientific, look at the Star Ledger Poll: Ryan – 56% / Biden – 44%.
I think it would also be interesting to add that not only was Biden rude, he was also lying through his arse most of the time… for example, according to the Liberal Star Ledger Fact Checker:
BIDEN: “Well, we weren’t told they wanted more security there. We did not know they wanted more security again. And by the way, at the time we were told exactly — we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. That was the assessment. And as the intelligence community changed their view, we made it clear they changed their view.”
RYAN: “There were requests for more security.”
Ryan is right, judging by testimony from Obama administration officials at the hearing a day earlier.
BIDEN: “We went out and rescued General Motors.”
Actually, the auto bailout of General Motors and Chrysler began under President George W. Bush. The Obama administration continued and expanded it.
BIDEN, when asked who would pay more taxes in Obama’s second term: “People making a million dollars or more.”
False, Obama’s proposed tax increase reaches farther down the income ladder than millionaires. He wants to roll back Bush-era tax cuts for individuals making over $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000.
BIDEN: “What we did is, we saved $716 billion and put it back, applied it to Medicare.”
Contrary to Biden’s assertion, the administration is cutting $716 billion over 10 years in Medicare to pay for Obamacare.
BIDEN: “Romney said ‘No, let Detroit go bankrupt.'”
False, Mitt Romney opposed using government money to bail out Chrysler and General Motors, instead favoring privately financed bankruptcy restructuring. This would have protected investors in 401k and pension plans, but would have hurt Unions.
It seems that the Vice President was not only a rude opponent, but also a rather naughty liar.