Politics

October 12, 2012

VP showdown a 90-minute slugfest

Joe Biden and Paul Ryan trade jabs in a debate that showed their differences on spending, foreign policy, taxes and more.

By DAVID ESPO and MATTHEW DALY The Associated Press

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Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin, respond to moderator Martha Raddatz during the vice presidential debate at Centre College, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Danville, Ky. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin, right, listens as Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the vice presidential debate at Centre College, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Danville, Ky. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES

DEBATE TWO

WHEN: Tuesday, 9 p.m.

WHERE: Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.

MODERATOR: Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent, CNN

FOCUS: Foreign and domestic policy

DEBATE THREE

WHEN: Oct. 22, 9 p.m.

WHERE: Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla.

MODERATOR: Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent, CBS News

FOCUS: Foreign policy


“Where are the 5 million green jobs” we were told would be created? Ryan said to Biden.

Obama campaigned in Florida during the day. Mocking recent changes in Romney’s rhetoric, he told a rally in Miami rally, “After running for more than a year in which he called himself severely conservative, Mitt Romney is trying to convince you that he was severely kidding.”

Romney visited with 93-year-old Billy Graham in North Carolina before speaking to an evening rally in Asheville, N.C. “Prayer is the most helpful thing you can do for me,” he told the evangelist.

For Biden, Thursday night’s debate was his first since the 2008 campaign, when he shared a stage with Sarah Palin, then John McCain’s running mate.

Ryan spars frequently with Democrats during debates on legislation on the House floor and in the House Budget Committee, which he chairs, but not in a one-on-one encounter covering 90 minutes and a virtually unlimited range of topics.

For all their differences, the two men shared a common objective, to advance the cause of their tickets in a close race for the presidency. And they appeared to avoid any gaffes that might forever seal their place in the history of debates.

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