Who is moderating? Martha Raddatz of ABC News will be in the moderator’s seat for the first time and will be the third woman to moderate a vice presidential debate. What is the format? The debate will cover foreign and domestic policy in nine 10-minute segments. The candidates will have two minutes to respond to the moderator’s opening question, then will use the balance of the time for follow-up discussion. Source: Washington Post
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Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:32:44 PM CDT
Ryan: This is not what a real recovery looks like. You deserve better. [...] At a time when we have a job crisis, wouldn’t it be nice to have a job-creator in the White House?
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:30:53 PM CDT
Biden: The president and I are not gonna rest until that playing field is level.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:29:29 PM CDT
Biden: Look at my record. It’s been all about the middle class.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:27:44 PM CDT
Ryan: Not raising taxes is not cutting taxes.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:26:19 PM CDT
Ryan: We’ve got to tackle this debt crisis before it tackles us.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:24:02 PM CDT
Biden refers to PACs as “an abomination” with regard to their ability to raise unlimited funds and run negative ads.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:20:44 PM CDT
Ryan: The policy of a Romney administration will be to oppose abortion with exceptions of rape, incest, and life of the mother.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:19:11 PM CDT
Biden on abortion: I do not believe that I have a right to tell other people–women–that they cannot control their body.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:17:45 PM CDT
Biden: My religion defines who I am.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:15:53 PM CDT
Ryan: Troops on the ground only in the national security interests of the American people.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:15:33 PM CDT
Ryan: Our faith informs us on everything we do.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:15:03 PM CDT
Ryan is talking Syria “would’ve, could’ve, should’ve” on Syria.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:12:07 PM CDT
Biden accuses Ryan of “never answering the question.”
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:11:30 PM CDT
Ryan on Syria: It’s been over a year. The man has slaughtered tens of thousands of his own people.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:10:32 PM CDT
Biden on Syria: The last thing America needs is to get in another ground war in the Middle East.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:08:33 PM CDT
Biden on using US troops vs Afghan troops: We are sending Afghans to do the job!
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:06:03 PM CDT
Ryan explains what’s called the Afghanistan “fighting season.”
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:03:34 PM CDT
While Ryan explains his position on Afghanistan, Biden over-talks him and says, “We-will-leave-in-2014.”
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:02:24 PM CDT
Ryan on Afghanistan: We don’t want to extend beyond 2014.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:00:54 PM CDT
Biden on Afghanistan: We are leaving in 2014–period.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 9:00:14 PM CDT
Biden on Afghanistan: We went there for one reason–to get the people who killed Americans. [...]
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:58:07 PM CDT
Ryan on why the U.S. should stay in Afghanistan: We don’t want to lose the gains we’ve gotten.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:56:41 PM CDT
Ryan: “This [cutting defense budget] invites weakness [...] Do we believe in peaceful strength. Yes we do!”
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:55:12 PM CDT
Biden and Ryan cannot agree on any of the “facts” with regard to the claims that both campaigns have made.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:53:09 PM CDT
Biden points out that 97% of small businesses make less than 250K/year. He explains that the Romney/Ryan will increase taxes via cutting their deductions to make their tax plan work.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:50:21 PM CDT
As Biden laughs, Ryan still won’t give the specifics of the Romney/Ryan tax plan.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:48:15 PM CDT
Ryan: There aren’t enough rich people and small businesses to tax to pay for their spending.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:46:59 PM CDT
Question: If elected, who will pay more in taxes, who will pay less?
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:46:16 PM CDT
Biden: Middle class will pay less taxes and those making more than million will “begin contributing more.”
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:45:26 PM CDT
Ryan repeatedly insists that Obama/Biden are trying to scare people off from voting for them.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:43:11 PM CDT
Biden: We will be no part of a voucher program or the privatization of social security.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:40:36 PM CDT
Ryan asks Biden to stop interrupting him… haha
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:39:04 PM CDT
Biden: We will not privatize social security. Their ideas are old, and their ideas are bad.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:37:32 PM CDT
Biden: (paraphrasing) I’ve heard that death panel argument from Sarah Palin. It seems that every time we debate I hear about death panels.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:35:38 PM CDT
Ryan: Medicare and Social Security are going bankrupt. These are indisputable facts. [...] If you reform these programs for my generation, you can guarantee that they will be there for people who need it now.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:33:27 PM CDT
Biden reminds Ryan that Ryan himself asked, “Can you send me some stimulus money?” for Wisconsin.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:31:31 PM CDT
Biden: Just get out of the way. Stop talking about how you care about people. Show me a policy.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:30:13 PM CDT
Biden: Romney had no commitment to the automobile industry.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:29:35 PM CDT
Ryan: Sometimes the words don’t always come out of your mouth the right way. The VP knows this…
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:27:48 PM CDT
Biden laughs in Ryan’s face, while telling him he’s wrong about unemployment rates.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:26:19 PM CDT
Biden: Ryan/Romney should be signing a pledge to the middle class that we’re gonna be leveling the playing field.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:24:09 PM CDT
Question: Can you get unemployment to under 6%
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:23:28 PM CDT
Biden: War should always be the absolute last resort.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:23:12 PM CDT
Question: What’s worse another war in the Middle East or a nuclear armed Iran?
Post by Cheri @ 8:21:35 PM CDT
Right now, Biden is schooling Ryan on how it’s done. Sarah Palin anyone?
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:20:55 PM CDT
Biden plays up his personal relationship with “Bebe” Netanyahu, and tells everyone to calm down because Iran doesn’t have weapons.
Post by Cheri @ 8:18:16 PM CDT
Ryan is falling flat on his face… ha!
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:17:09 PM CDT
Biden: “These are the most crippling sanctions in the history of sanctions. [...] We feel quite confident that we can deal a significant blow to the Iranians. There is no weapon that the Iranians have at this point.”
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:15:13 PM CDT
Ryan on striking Iran: He insists that they cannot be allowed to get nuclear weapons. “They are moving faster toward a nuclear weapon.”
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:13:43 PM CDT
Question: How effective would a military strike on Iran be?
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:12:53 PM CDT
Ryan says that America SHOULD apologize for Marines urinating on Taliban corpses.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:12:07 PM CDT
Ryan: We should not apologize for standing up for our values.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:11:31 PM CDT
Biden blames the “intelligence community” for the misconception that protesters were the cause of the Libyan attacks. He says that the intelligence community changed their view, not them.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:10:01 PM CDT
Biden in response to Ryan’s statements about Libya attacks: That’s a bunch of malarkey!
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:09:03 PM CDT
Ryan: We shouldn’t be imposing devastating defense cuts.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:06:00 PM CDT
Biden: If you do harm to America, we will track you to the gates of hell if need be.
Post by Heit & Cheri @ 8:03:02 PM CDT
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