Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan faced off in a fierce debate on Oct. 11 in Danville, Ky., to strengthen their ticket’s chances at getting elected this November. This debate was monitored by Martha Raddatz who asked many questions.
Raddatz asked, “Can you get unemployment under 6%, and how long will it take?” Biden responded by stating, “We can, but I don’t know how long it will take. Republicans should get out of the way and allow the tax cuts on the middle class be approved.”
Biden stated that many Republicans are not allowing the democrats to reduce unemployment because they do not want tax cuts to the wealthy to be lowered. Ryan responded to this by stating, “We are heading in the wrong direction. We need real reforms for a real recovery.” Ryan wants to end Obama’s stimulus plan and advocated Romneys “5-step plan.”
Another major topic Raddatz asked about was how Biden’s and Ryan’s Catholic religion played a role in their view on abortion.
Ryan stated, “My faith informs me in everything I do. I’m pro-life, not just because of my faith, but also because of reason and science.” He said he believes that all life begins at conception and that the Romney policy is to give control to the states and to stop all abortions except in the instance of rape, incest, or life of the mother. Biden responded by saying he too believes life begins at conception but that his beliefs can not be forced on other people.
Biden and Ryan both conducted themselves very differently during the debate. Political commentators noted that Ryan remained very calm and balanced, answering questions based on facts and rarely interrupting Biden during his questions, while noting that Biden was very emotional, often bursting out in laughter. In fact, Biden interrupted Ryan many times, often appearing angry and trying to demoralize Ryan’s’ statements.
Various critics of the VP debate have stated that the public looked at the debate as benefiting their own party. Democrats saw Ryan as weak and Biden as emotional, while Republicans saw Ryan as composed and Biden as a lunatic. Currently, the race for the White House is neck and neck in the popular vote with Obama currently expected to win the electoral vote. Swing states, such as Ohio and Wisconsin, could decide the entire election.