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That debate was truly a decisive victory for Biden; hands down. This is what a real win looks like as opposed to Romney vs Obama (while Romney took it, he didn't do so with particular strength). Biden absolutely killed the debate; I almost felt sorry for Paul Ryan who seemed out of his league against the veteran senator.
Paul Ryan would not answer direct questions, instead responding with canned statements that he was often stumbling to get out. It will be hard to fact-check him without a large number of facts. Ryan also ate up time going in circles and repeating himself, forcing the mod and Joe Biden to cut in. I shut it off before the final emotional appeal, but in the military and economic forums at least Joe Biden looked like an elder statesman and Paul Ryan looked like a pre-prepped youth trying to remember his speech.
What was very telling to me are two points:
1) Whenever asked about what they would do in teh future, Ryan answered by criticizing what Obama had done in the past
2) When pressed for details about the loopholes that would be cut Ryan admitted they didn't have those "details" worked out, and that they didn't actually have a plan, just a framework.
In short Ryan confirmed what i have suspected, indeed what Republicans have said about Romeny back in the primary- he's an empty suit with no plan.
Because Ryan tackled Biden head on when pressured on the issue of tax loopholes and how he plans to balance the budget when they want to add 2 trillion dollars to military spending that their current tax plan will not be able to save enough money to account for. Even the moderator tried to ask Ryan how they were going to work that out but he dodged the issue at every turn. This article is so biased it hurts. I hate both of them but to say Biden was the one doing the emotional pandering and not Ryan is asinine.
If you ask me Biden won on home policies but Ryan had a stronger show for foreign. It was clear Biden was trying to make it seem like it was the intelligence division's fault for the riot deaths. His foreign policy for the night seemed to boil down to "lets try make everything the responsibility of everyone else."
It's because there is no $2 trillion increase. You can't give details to something that doesn't exist. Ryan clearly answered that they're not planning to increase spending from what it's at. He also didn't explain where he's getting the $4 trillion that he's giving out in foreign aid to alien planets, the $7 trillion in doodad subsidies, or the $9 trillion in tax cuts to ant farms.