Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate: Moderator Martha Raddatz Bests Both Biden and Ryan

Joe Biden was as combative as any Democrat could hope, but he struggled to get some of his key attacks on Romney/Ryan out in between his interruptions, laughter, know-it-all grins, and quirky gestures. Paul Ryan held his own and kept a respectful tone through most of the debate, including not breaking his expression or demeanor through Biden's rough and tumble approach.

If any voters are interested in any type of bipartisanship, they wouldn't hear this message from Biden. Funny old Uncle Joe didn't show up for this debate … mean, smartass, entitled Beltway insider Joe came hunting for bear. The old fighter got creamed on Libya and threw the intelligence community under the Obama campaign bus, got a few other shots in, but he came off looking old, tired, and terribly self-entitled. Not one new idea or word issued from Biden's mouth, except 5.9 million new jobs created during the Obama administration. I thought that talking point was lower (4.3 million?). 

Perhaps the most telling exchange of the debate was the candidates' response about Afghanistan. Ryan mentioned gratitude toward the troops, and a family friend at an FOB in Afghanistan right now, and the need to bring all the troops home without a disaster. Biden immediately mentioned he had been to Afghanistan "at least 20 times, mostly in a helicopter, but sometimes in a vehicle."

He forgot to mention the troops.

Joe Biden mentioned no individuals outside his family and politicians (Ryan perhaps half a dozen individual stories, from family friends to those met on the campaign trail, to a family helped by Mitt Romney in Michigan). Biden made his Washington insider status and lengthy history in government crystal-clear. He mocked bipartisanship at every opportunity.

The biggest winner of this debate was Martha Raddatz, who kept the cranky Biden under as much control as possible. Ryan was polite and respectful, and kept the "Hey Girl!" face for the entire debate. He came across as caring and thoughtful. Raddatz held the candidates to within 1.5 minutes of each other (Obama had 4 minutes longer than Romney in the first presidential debate). Her questions were excellent and thoughtful.


How much do you trust the information in this article?

Amy Sterling Casil

I am a professional writer and college teacher. My most recent book is Female Science Fiction Writer (http://www.amazon.com/Female-Science-Fiction-Writer-ebook/dp/B008E95D2E) a major short fiction collection. I am a 5th generation Southern California native, and have a colorful heritage in my mother's and my father's families. I have a huge, wonderful exuberant family, including a beautiful daughter and I am very grateful for every opportunity I have had. I have a Jack Russell Terrier named Gambit (Badger died, Gambit is a new rescue) and have always disliked rubber bands. I'm an old school Republican by registration but probably a Libertarian in sentiment. I have a very varied professional background and have been known to raise a few funds in my day. I should add that I am award-nominated fiction writer, have published 26 books, and have two BAs from Scripps College, Claremont, CA and an MFA from Chapman University, Orange, CA. I do professional business consulting and planning and am Founder and CEO of Pacific Human Capital.

MORE FROM

Amid new revelations, here’s what we’ve learned about the Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr.

The picture of Natalia Veselnitskaya is coming into clearer focus.

Republican Senator urges whoever leaked Russia/Sessions phone calls to release whole conversation

Sen. Chuck Grassley wants the person who leaked intelligence about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to come forward with more information.

Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort now to testify before Senate committee behind closed doors

Trump Jr. and Manafort have avoided a subpoena and will testify behind closed doors — for now.

Hope Hicks reportedly tried to rein Trump in during explosive ‘Times’ interview. It didn’t work.

The low-profile Trump Whisperer is one of the few in the president's orbit to enjoy job security.

Scaramucci once asked Obama if he’d be softer on Wall Street. It didn’t end well.

The exchange came during a CNBC town hall on the financial crisis, two years into Obama’s presidency.

Trump blasts Hilary Clinton, Comey and ‘Amazon Washington Post’ in tweet storm

He also defended Don Jr. and called Democrats "obstructionists" with "no ideas."

Amid new revelations, here’s what we’ve learned about the Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr.

The picture of Natalia Veselnitskaya is coming into clearer focus.

Republican Senator urges whoever leaked Russia/Sessions phone calls to release whole conversation

Sen. Chuck Grassley wants the person who leaked intelligence about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to come forward with more information.

Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort now to testify before Senate committee behind closed doors

Trump Jr. and Manafort have avoided a subpoena and will testify behind closed doors — for now.

Hope Hicks reportedly tried to rein Trump in during explosive ‘Times’ interview. It didn’t work.

The low-profile Trump Whisperer is one of the few in the president's orbit to enjoy job security.

Scaramucci once asked Obama if he’d be softer on Wall Street. It didn’t end well.

The exchange came during a CNBC town hall on the financial crisis, two years into Obama’s presidency.

Trump blasts Hilary Clinton, Comey and ‘Amazon Washington Post’ in tweet storm

He also defended Don Jr. and called Democrats "obstructionists" with "no ideas."