Liveblogging the Vice Presidential Debate

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Moderator Martha Raddatz watches as Vice President Joe Biden and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan greet each other as they arrive at the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.

TIME’s politics team brings you up-to-the-minute Twitter commentary and coverage throughout the Danville, Ky. debate.

111 comments
Reina Chua
Reina Chua

That awkward moment you realize Mitt Romney's slogan, "Keep America American" was the same slogan used by the KKK in 1922... -Seth Rogan

Madiha Saqib
Madiha Saqib

Stop drone attacks on pakistan,our people r going through mental trauma,revise ur polices stop killing innocent people,america is the biggest threat to world peace

Afza Zaidi
Afza Zaidi

Did I mention, no one cares? Blogs are for real people. Not puppets. I hope everyone relizes that this debate changes nothing.. And is about as legit as janet jacksons "accidental" flashing at the superbowl.

sacredh
sacredh

Well, I've been up since Wednesday afternoon. Good night folks.

HudsonValleyTim
HudsonValleyTim

Gotta be fair...Ryan didn't take the same beating that Obama did last week, but it was definitely Joe on points.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

I thought Joe did an outstanding job. I was particularly pleased that he hung not only Romney's 47 percent bullsht around Ryan's neck, but Ryan's own 30 percent crap. And he did it several times, pinning those comments securely to Ryan's shoulder.

But it was foreign policy where Biden truly bested Ryan. He showed his deep knowledge, he articulated Obama's policies clearly, and he showed Ryan for the novice he is.

Seriously, Romney/Ryan have absolutely no foreign policy experience between them. None, nada, zilch. How is that okay in today's world?

The Wall
The Wall

Ryan is an ignorant hypocrite coward. His breach onto the political scene was as a throwaway - his job was to support such unpopular and irrational ideals so that the "middle ground" would shift to the right. Unfortunately for the public perception manipulators this Kermit the Frog impressionist's zany ideals created a magnet for the extremists misshaping the American political landscape. Not one to bite the hand that feeds him (except Ryan does bite the hand that FED him as he lurches to dismantle Social Security) Ryan has chosen to endorse the man whose checks Ryan himself endorses before depositing to his off shore account.This discredits the republican plan, undermines fair government and marks the end of the republican party having not only caught, but endorsed the "cancer" of tea-party infection.Goodbye to the Republican Party - forever.Gone the way of the Federalists and the Whigs, punishment for unveiling a monstrous agenda decades in the implementation to undermine democracy, government and true economic competition.

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

Halperin says Ryan won. What a shock, not Halperin. No way, not the known Romney supporter!!  Biden won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Eat that Halperin.

Vote Obama/Biden 2012 

filmnoia
filmnoia

Joe Biden is a real mensch and this country is very fortunate to have him  a heartsbeat away from the presidency. If Joe's "nads" were bigger he'd have to carry them over his shoulder. Ryan is absolutely lost on foreign policy and he was as evasive as Willard when it comes to their tax plan. He's an oily little weasal. Raddatz was very solid, although I would have liked to see less on foreign policy, because Ryan has  defenseless plans when it comes to Medicare and taxes.

Johnson Matthew
Johnson Matthew

given their "HIDDEN AGENDAS"...The Republican Party....these people should be recognized as "POLITICAL HENCHMEN FOR THE ANTI-CHRIST".....Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House: John Boehner, The Tea Party Members,Newt Gingrich,Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, The Koch Brothers (Bill and David)....The entire Republican Party.....Please Note; There are others "POLITICAL HENCHMEN FOR THE ANTI-CHRIST".....The "DRAGON" has many heads!!!!!......

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

BIDEN WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The LYING and

evasive RYAN continued to bob and weave and LIE.  Flipping Misogynistic

NEOPHYTE!!

This was a great day for all college educated women who wanted

assurance that WE ALL need to make sure that Romney will NOT appoint

SCOTUS judges. We saw Ryan talk about OUR reproductive rights and what

what they will "permit" us do or not do. Jerks!!!

Just like in MA, Romney will lose!! We refuse to be dragged back to

the 19th century. We fought for our rights, and Romney and Ryan can take

their legitimate RAPE definitions and eat it.  

Hip Hip Hip HURRAAAYYYY!! Go Biden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vote Obama/Biden 2012

Athenajason Rath
Athenajason Rath

To laugh during a debate about national security really wow and your saying we should put more afgan troops in to replace the americans being pulled out why? So they can kill more of the americans left there

sacredh
sacredh

I was worried about Biden being Biden going into the debate. The Biden that showed up is the one that I was hoping would show up.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

OT: My sons say Maddow = the first Karate Kid (Macchio).

Pnnto
Pnnto

What is the number of times that the Willard/Ryan ticket has refused to offer any specifics?

It's really striking. 

amycolorado
amycolorado

Sorry Time has now lost all credibility with the cheap shot and the photos of Ryan.. Just embarrassing- assme Time will go the way of Newsweek with this kind of banana republic journalism.

La_Randy
La_Randy

 Thanks Vice President Biden!

amycolorado
amycolorado

Time you are shameful - those Ryan pictues - what a hack job, then to have the picture of biden hugging someone.  I used to have respect for your magazine - i'llNEVER purchase it again and encourage others that you should go the way of Newsweek.  Do you think Americans are all stupid.  Disgusting!!!!!

sacredh
sacredh

Joe, tell Obama how it's done.

sacredh
sacredh

I think Biden came across as much more honest and didn't let Ryan get away with anything. Good job Joe. 

Pnnto
Pnnto

The VP handles bald faced untruths told to his face better than BHO.

kiefo
kiefo

Martha Raddatz is a bigger buffoon/hack/flack/fool/useful idiot/dupe than Biden is.  So is Jim Lerher, Candy Crowley and, with maybe one or two exceptions (see Hume, Brit) every other so-called, self-described, alleged "moderator" for the last forty years. Does anyone know if Obama caught Raddatz's garter belt at Raddatz's wedding?

sacredh
sacredh

I'm listening to the after debate polling and it's pretty clear that each side saw what they wanted too. I'm happy with the debate because I think it will energize our base again. Nate Silver thinks that most of Romney's gains since the last debate has been from an energized base. What the right sees as a mistake from Biden (his combativeness and correcting Ryan), I think democrats see as a huge plus.

sacredh
sacredh

When your boys hang low do they wobble to and fro?

filmnoia
filmnoia

On the issue of abortion, Joe cleaned his clock stating that one's religious beliefs can't be the operating belief in a country when so many people have different beliefs on a woman's right to choose.

America doesn't want an American Taliban to impose their orthodoxy.

Pnnto
Pnnto

Fell for the media stereotype? Some might call the stereotype malarkey. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

What, 'wait and see' and 'Obama is bad' is not a good set of policy differenses?

MrObvious
MrObvious

Don't be mad that boy wonder was tossed around like pizza dough, you got Obama last week through force of over running a moderator, this time Biden brought a big stick.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Howdy Textee! You must suck at socialization!

MrObvious
MrObvious

because she wouldn't let the debating people run straight over her?

You only like useful tools like the other moderator don't you that Romney treated like dirt.

robbert5
robbert5

I know right, Biden whooped a$$

The Wall
The Wall

The Kochs are old and soon their money will fade so the force shoring up this faker in government will mark their own demise.

filmnoia
filmnoia

Well, with your comment on a reacharound and mine, perhaps you , I and Joe ought to go  and pick out some drapes, and then finish off the night with a three way:-)

Tonight wasn't as stark as Bentsen and Quayle, because Ryan, while perverse, at least has a functioning brain, but nonetheless it was a debate between a man and a boy.

sacredh
sacredh

I think Joe knocked that one out of the park. I liked him bringing up the Supreme Court too. THAT'S the big prize.

sacredh
sacredh

No. I fell for the Biden that I've been watching for decades. His experience came through tonight. I'm not going to go so far as to say that I love Joe tonight, but I'm not ruling out a reacharound either.  ;  )

Pnnto
Pnnto

Well to be fair Ryan did specifically agree that he asked for stimulus money. 

sacredh
sacredh

A three way? That's sick. I'm into even numbers. Let me see if the MIL is still awa....I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

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Four on the floor.

sacredh
sacredh

Pnnto, I didn't see it as harsh. Of course I'm experiencing afterglow and smoking a cigarette too.

Pnnto
Pnnto

sacred, rereading my comment I came across a bit harsher than I intended. 

Your take is correct--What makes Biden so likable can also blur, and at times overwhelm, the substance that he has. 

sacredh
sacredh

Pnnto, I don't think Joe is a buffoon. I think he just has the propensity to blurt out things at times that wind up getting the press and overshadowing his message. It's one of the things that make his so likeable and so exasperating at the same time.

sacredh
sacredh

Bats eyes and blushes.

Pnnto
Pnnto

I've watched him for decades too. The idea that he is some buffoon is belied by both his electoral and legislative success. 

Not to mention his handling of the dispersement of the stimulus. Read Grunwald's book. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

The best the internet wingers can say is that Biden was so rude; if calling out BS for what it is, I take that kind of honest rudeness any day.