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Liveblog: VP Debate 2012

“Obi-Joe Bidenomi, you are our only hope.”

Details for the debate:

Topic: Foreign and domestic policy

Air Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time (7-8:30 p.m. MT)

Location: Centre College in Danville, Kentucky

Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Participants: Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan

Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)

The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question.

Details for vice presidential debate tonight between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan 11 Oct 12

Bring it on.


  1. Shaun Appleby

    Warming up.  So Time released some cheesy snaps of Ryan on the eve of the debate.  Video interview of Ryan as bowhunter; shudder.

  2. HappyinVT

    than POTUS and that on foreign policy he should be much better prepared.

    I do think it is funny that the Romney campaign requested Ryan be referred to as “Mr. Ryan” not “Congressman Ryan.”

  3. HappyinVT

    Messina2012 8:33pm via Web

    Romney has 32 spinners, we are sending 11. I guess the answer to “how many peeps does it take to explain ur $5 trillion tax plan”: 32.


  4. Shaun Appleby

    Here.  What’s with this Libya narrative coming from the Republicans?  Hasn’t this blown up in their faces often enough already?

  5. HappyinVT

    ZerlinaMaxwell 8:40pm via TweetDeck

    I’m excited for Biden to call Ryan out for his anti-woman views. Biden the original author of the VAWA is perfect messenger!

  6. Shaun Appleby

    Biden doing idiot’s guide to the immediate aftermath of the economic crisis.  Going off on “makers and takers.”  Wow.

  7. Shaun Appleby

    Is wiping the floor with Ryan on the economy.  Ryan is not quick on his feet, he’s grasping for talking points.

  8. Shaun Appleby

    When he thinks on his feet is suddenly in the House; the only strategy he understands is Congressional.

  9. HappyinVT

    sullydish 9:29pm via Web

    Fuck yeah, Joe! Finally, Biden nails it on the 47 percent.


  10. Shaun Appleby

    Biden is staking out some precious territory here.  He speaks for common sense and incremental change; I can’t see that the tax breaks for wealthy people are not a winning issue for Republicans when in stark relief.

  11. Shaun Appleby

    Ryan is spinning like a drunken spider.  Biden going for the throat on tax rates, hope this gets through the pundit screening.

    Got to say though that Ryan is dropping so many lies it is hard to refute them all.

  12. Ryan wants to “hold onto our gains”…

    It’s not our bloody country, we’ve killed bin Laden and done it.

    “we are leaving in 2014. Period.”

    Go, Joe!

  13. Shaun Appleby

    With some impressive “boys’ own” Afghanistan war details.  Crikey, he must have practised that one in front of the mirror.

  14. sricki

    I have a lot of trouble believing in god.

    Why would god subject his children to Paul Ryan?

    I find it more believable that an angry god would bring about a great flood to destroy most of his creation in one fell swoop… than that any entity — divine or otherwise —  would have the indecency and incomprehensible cruelty to inflict such cruel and unusual punishment upon the universe as Paul Ryan.

    That seals it.

    There is no god.

    I don’t really think that this fact is disputable at this point.  

  15. Shaun Appleby

    Gave a compelling, short, values-based summation advocating for the middle-class in a difficult and transitional time.

  16. fogiv

    ‎”…..wouldn’t it be nice to have a job creator in the White House?”

    Former employees of KB Toys were not available for comment.

  17. Shaun Appleby

    Tilting the whole election with their self-promoting overreaction to the presidential debate they curl up in the foetal position and call this a draw.  Cowards.  But Ryan wins on style.

  18. Shaun Appleby

    How can you tell when you’ve won?  The pay-for-play trolls are out in force at Balloon Juice and Booman Tribune.  If they get a dollar a post they’re overpaid.

  19. fogiv

    can we please stop calling paul ryan a ‘numbers guy’ and a ‘wonk’ and a ‘budget wunderkind’.  i’m not mathematician, but evidence supporting those appellations, quantified, is a integer deep in the negatives.

  20. Photobucket

    Joltin Joe Biden says it for me.

    Oh and all those people who supported calling my President stupid and lazy who are currently crying about disrespect?  FU!


    Reddit community member robcross1977 noted something odd about Paul Ryan’s story last night about how he became pro-life.

    Here’s Paul Ryan during last night’s debate on how he became pro-life, and how his daughter got the nickname “Bean”:

    You know, I think about 10 1/2 years ago, my wife Janna and I went to Mercy Hospital in Janesville where I was born, for our seven week ultrasound for our firstborn child, and we saw that heartbeat. A little baby was in the shape of a bean. And to this day, we have nicknamed our firstborn child Liza, “Bean.” Now I believe that life begins at conception.

    And here’s Kurt Cobain’s and Courtney Love’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain on how she got the name “Bean” twenty years ago:

    Frances Bean Cobain was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and was immediately anointed the world’s newest rock princess. Her parents were two of the biggest rock stars on the planet and her godfather is R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe. Kurt Cobain named his daughter after Frances McKee, the guitarist for The Vaselines, and gave her the middle named Bean because he thought she resembled a kidney bean on the ultrasound. Unfortunately, Frances never really got to know her father; he shot himself to death when she was just 20 months old.

    WOW! do these people have no off switch on the lies?

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