It wasn’t as exciting as the Giants-Reds game. But it was just as scrappy.
Some say they found the exchanges between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP running-mate Paul Ryan uncomfortable. Yes, there were plenty of interruptions, but it was more substantive than the first presidential debate, and there was less tolerance for – how should we say it – the creative use of facts.
In my mind, Biden won on points – on the issues. But he lost in body language. Too many guffaws and eye-rolls. He also looked bad in explaining why there was a lack of security before the attack at the Benghazi embassy that left four people dead.
Ryan was more poised – and polite – but he did not look good in explaining such things as his past positions on privatizing Social Security, on abortion and, when pressed by moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC, his lack of details on the 20 percent budget cuts that Mitt Romney has pledged to make.
I have posted a column by E.J. Dionne Jr. of the Washington Post who clearly calls it for Biden. “Obama has a lot to be grateful for,” he says.
Maybe, but in the end, I doubt it was much of a game-changer for those 6 to 10 percent of voters who are still undecided. All is likely to be forgotten by Tuesday night when Barack Obama and Mitt Romney square off in Round 2 of the presidential debates. Your thoughts?
- Paul Gullixson