Breaking down the Vice Presidential debate

Published 10/11 2012 10:03PM

Updated 10/12 2012 12:05PM

CHAMPAIGN -- The two men vying to be the next in line to be the most powerful man in the world, squared off Thursday night for the first and only time. It was just the fight that was expected.

Vice President Joe Biden and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan debated in Kentucky. WCIA-3's Steve Staeger to break it all down for us.

After President Obama's poor performance in last week's debate, you expected the Vice President to come out swinging. He met another man who wasn't afraid to throw a punch. If you were looking for a fight, you were in the right place, especially when it came to the economy.

"Was it a good idea to borrow all this money from countries like China and spend it all on these different interest groups?"

"They talk about this great recession like it fell out of the sky. Like, 'oh, my goodness, where did it come from'? It came from this man voting to put two wars on a credit card."

The gloves came off on foreign policy too.

"Imagine had we let a republican congress work on the sanctions. Do you think the world would have been with us?"

"It projects weakness and when we look weak, our adversaries are much more willing to test us. They're much more brazen in their attacks. And, our allies are less willing to trust us."

"With all due respect, that's a bunch of malarkey."

Everyone knew this debate would be fiery, including UIS professor Ron Michaelson.

"It should be really good theater. What I also hope is that it will be informative for the voters."

"You know what the unemployment rate in Scranton is today?"

"I sure do."

"It's 10%."


"You know what it was the day you guys came in? 8.5%. That's going on all around America."

"You don't read the statistics. That's not how it's going. It's going down."

And, now the real question is, did it make a difference?

"Vice presidential debates aren't usually game changers, but in this case, when the election looks like it's so close and with all the interest in the first presidential debate, which was the most highly-watched debate in history, and with the poor performance of the president, it adds a little bit of additional interest."

Who won? It will take awhile to figure that one out. All we know is this definitely sets the stage for the next debate between the President and Governor Romney on Tuesday in New York.

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