No, Biden seriously lost. Not even close, you guys. Here are my thoughts why…
- Biden actually argued that we “don’t need to worry” about Iran. Why? Because they don’t have a weapon yet. Ryan’s position: do not let Iran get a nuke.
- Biden’s Middle East position, “We’re getting out in 2014. Period.” Ryan wants to make sure our gains are not in vain. Military agrees with Ryan, not Biden.
- Biden interrupted unlike any presidential debate I’ve seen in my lifetime. Like, ever. I was embarrassed.
- Biden smirked at every point Ryan made. Most people will let a few go, but Biden’s was every single point.
- Biden specifically called out “the republicans” and Palin, alienating nearly half the electorate. Bad move. Ryan never once grouped entire voting classes together, which is exactly what both candidates needed to do.
- Biden got one laughter from the audience, and it was an ad hominem (“Oh, you’re Jack Kennedy now?). Ryan got three, and they were genuinely funny, one in a response to the 47% illegally-obtained video of Romney. Ryan made Biden’s gaffes the rebuttal.
- Biden drilled down too deeply in numbers; it was confusing and suspicious. Ryan rhetorically brought light to several jumbled topics. “This can get a little confusing let me explain,” which is a great debate technique.
- Biden was straight up on his views on Abortion. That’s good; if you’re pro-life, vote for Ryan. Paul Ryan’s story of Bean was precious and heartwarming. Go women’s vote.
- Biden’s verbals were just as bad as non-verbals. “Malarke”? Ryan was cool and collected. A bit overly polite, actually, but he didn’t lose it.
- Biden contradicted the State Department’s findings about intelligence reports from Libya, then used intelligence reports as a defense for making original claims. That’ll be all over the news tomorrow.
Ryan won on the debate, but his campaign won overall. Romney and Ryan are ahead in the polls, and Ryan needed to keep that momentum going. He did that quite well. He didn’t need to out-perform Romney’s debate from last week. Essentially, Ryan’s main goal was to not lose.
Biden lost because he needed to win, and win big. Obama got clocked last week. Biden overplayed his cards and tried to appease the base, not independents. Obama got a significant number of Republicans in 2008, but they are less likely to vote for him now. Biden’s main goal was to win. He clearly lost.
Question: What do you think? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.