Ryan Won VP Debate
The Hiller Instinct: Ryan Won VP Debate
High stakes, high drama!
You wanted it; you got it!
And--when it was over--what you also got was Paul Ryan, a rookie running for national office for the first time, outdebating Joe Biden, a sitting vice president.
From the first question--about the terrorist attack in Libya--Biden was put on the defensive.
He did the best he could to make Mitt Romney the target, but rarely succeeded.
He did a much better job of supporting President Obama.
I don't know what you made of Biden's big dismissive grins of disbelief while Ryan was talking, but, to me, they were rude.
I also thought Biden was too loud and too impatient.
Ryan--as promised--was a wonk, who knows the budget inside and out.
More surprising was his composure in the face of Biden's attacks, and his sense of humor.
So, I thought Paul Ryan won this debate.
He effectively criticized the president's performance. He was reasonable, and certainly not scary.
Ironically, despite their actual ages, I also thought Ryan was more mature than Biden.
This debate was all about the campaign dynamics following the Obama/Romney faceoff last week.
For me, it's easy to analyze:
For Democrats, Joe Biden didn't stop the bleeding
and for Republicans, Paul Ryan didn't stop the momentum.