2012 Election: Second Debate Recap

If you caught last night’s vice presidential debate, you probably weren’t disappointed; the 90-minutes debate seemed to fly by!  Centre College in Danville, KY was on fire with debate between Vice President Biden and Congressman Ryan.

The lively debate carried a wide range of topics, switching back and forth from foreign policy to domestic policy, moderated by Martha Raddatz.  I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy the Vice Presidential debates.  Besides the obvious importance of hearing from vice presidential candidates, I enjoy the intimate, sit-down debate and the opportunity to see the candidates up close.

Vice President Biden dug in on what he believes to be the critical failures of Paul Ryan’s budget and the effects it could have on the middle class and Social Security and Medicare, and Congressman Ryan pointedly noted the increase in unemployment in Vice President Biden’s home of Scranton, PA under the Obama Administration, while making the case that Americans are not better off than they were four years ago.  Vice President Biden vowed the Obama Administration would get the unemployment rate below 6%, but could not offer a timeline.

Both candidates agreed on a 2014 transition out of Afghanistan, but disagreed on details and each fiercely disagreed on the details surrounding the Benghazi attack and President Obama’s response.

Interestingly, this was the first time in history both vice presidential candidates are Catholic.  The debate ended with candidates discussing what their religious conviction means to them and how it influences them, followed by closing statements.

Did you watch last night’s debate?  What did you think?  Did you enjoy it more or less than the presidential debate last week?  Who do you think “won?”  Did it change your mind at all?  What was your favorite part?  What was your least favorite part?  How do you think Martha Raddatz did as a moderator?

We’ll be back on October 17 to re-cap the third debate.

Check our Guide to the 2012 Elections for details on registering to vote, absentee voting, important swing states, and the official debates calendar!

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Carrie Pastor