Vice Presidential Debate Recap: Moderator Martha Raddatz Has No Control Over Paul Ryan and Joe Biden Malarky


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Oh, but one more Onion article!

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That's all she wrote folks

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This sounds like an infomercial, Ryan has definetly rehersed this a few times.

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The whole debate comes down to this: Neither one of the candidates answered the question.

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Moderator asked a question about a gentleman and veteran who is dissapointed about the election.

Get ready for the sad stories folks!

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To Biden, you refuse to force your religion on us on the Abortion issue but won't let us opt-out of other services? Those we also find against not only our religion but our morals? I can't smoke weed? I can't drink a big gulp? Or send my kids to the school that I want?

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Abortion questions should be interesting...

Uh oh, Ryan brought up Eugenics

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Biden "make sure there's a legitimate government there when we leave" Oh, right, like allll the other great governemnts and dictators we've propped up...

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A breakdown of the seasons compliments of Paul Ryan, everybody.

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It's all about the big numbers here. Don't know or have any? Make them up!! And say, "Martha" at the end. Makes it seem soooo much more legit

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This moderator needs to be MUCH stronger. Candidates are out of control LOUD NOISES 2012.

And what I'm hearing from both of these guys is that we're screwed one way or the other.

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"You bet we do!" Ryan's version of Palin's "You betcha!"

Are there no commercial breaks?! #pottybreak #debates

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The onion is knocking it out the park tonight.

Everytime Paul Ryan says "Taliban" he has a southern accent. You sound like George Bush Jr. None of us want that.

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Biden: "Oh, now you're Jack Kennedy"

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All I can hear is yelling...

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Ryan: "Where I come from..." Alright, it needs to be said. No more sad stories guyz.

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Paul Ryan, you're not a young person. stop.

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Live feed of the debate!

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Ryan's hair has a little forehead soul patch....

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Biden keepin' it real on least on Ryan's spending. 

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Biden: "But wait! My life has been worse than yours!!" You are both white, old, men. Both of you stop it. Now.

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Saying Mitt Romney is a "good guy" is bit extreme Ryan. 

Ryan poking fun at Biden's gaffes. YES.

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Ryan is coming across very strong on the economy right now. Biden can't stop interrupting and smirking. 

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Moving to domestic issues! Biden smirks, for the 19583 millionth time!

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And I swear, stop interrupting the moderator... 

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Good analysis :)

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Ryan is a President in the making, he dips around questions exceedingly well. "Should America apologize for Marines urinating on the corpses and burning copies of the Koran?" Annnddd he divulges into something else. 

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First time I've heard "malarky" in a debate... 

Biden called Ryan his "friend" love it.

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This whole sitting down debate thing is not working out for me. It's a strange frame.

I feel like debates are a type of rap battle. While the other guy is talking, in both instances, the opponent laughs silently and makes fun of the other one.

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This is not going to end well...for anyone involved...

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Also, The Onion pokes fun at Biden. Oh, the gaffes to come!

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Get prepared!! FYI if you play this drinking game, you will die. 

Courtesy of the: Bastiat Institute


Although the vice-presidential debates are usually pretty tame. It will be interesting to see how many feet Biden has to stick in his mouth. 

While most Vice-Presidents have taken back seats to the President and kept a low profile. Many have taken active roles, some in better ways than others. I'll be keeping my eye on Ryan as he has never taken a debate stage this large before. It will be interesting to see how he'll handle the situation and how he'll handle the questions. 

Here are a few details on how it's going down this evening...

Topic: Foreign and domestic policy 

Date & Air Time: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 9-10:30 p.m.

Location: Centre College in Danville, Kentucky

Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)

The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question. 

Before go time this evening, the political junkies can also oogle these charts and catch up on the numbers behind the vice-presidential debate. But in the mean time, I'm going to go ahead and get this Joe Biden Gaffe-o-meter ready. Lord, knows I'll need it. 

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