Good evening (morning) and we’re her again for the rumble in Kentucky as Vice President Joe Biden faces Congressman Paul Ryan. We’ll bring you the key points live as they happen.
-Much better debate effort from the Dems. Ryan looked youthful and inexperienced, Talking heads not as crazy tonight. Joe was Joe, fired up and not backing down.
-That’s it, debate runs 3 minutes over but I never looked at the clock this time. More later in the am. Thanks for watching.
-Will take responsibility says Ryan? But just don;t ask for details.
-Ryan instead attacks the President. Classless smug representative of the monied class.
-Joe closing with people want an equal shot and level playing field. Very emotional and powerful.
-The Party of obfuscation (GOP) says Obama speeches are to blame? They have not provided one detail.
-Embarrassing tone question Joe talks about sacred obligation to troops. Does not deserve to be included in 47% This is Joe at his best.
-Biden: Religion and social doctrine, helping. Accept in my personal life and refuse to impose it on others. Between them and their doctor.
-Incredible this abortion answer. Calling daughter Beanie.
-No humanitarian interests? There it is, there is the answer. No Humanitarian interests only our strategic….
-What would Romney Ryan do differently? We agree on chemical weapons?
-Biden, what would my friend do differently? We are doing lots says Joe. Allies all on the same page, NATO and Arab alies.
-Civil War in Syria, Joe: national interest. Same logic. 5x the size. Part of world where it will seep into other countries. Working with Turks, Jordanians and others.
-Ryan: explaining fighting seasons? Did he just defeat his own argument. It’s winter.
-Biden: Only way they are forced to step up is with a timeline. Military reason fo ending surge. out by end of the summer no politics.
-Radditz to Ryan: You won’t talk about what specifically you will do, I sense a theme growing here. Joe says 49 of our allies signed on to this.
-Joe definitive. Responsibility of Afghans to take care of themselves. We are leaving in 2014. Saving $800 bilion dollar. Objective completed. Maintain own security.
-Afghanistan answer from Ryan is blaaah, blaah, blaaah, stay there.
-Ryan is in Waaay over his head. Drinking lots of water as if it will help. Think of this guy a heartbeat away from a 66 year old president?
-Martha wants to know how you do the math?
-Romney/Ryan: Everybody gets a pony, can cut and balance it all.
-No specifics, Martha is getting pissed now. Romney – Ryan will be Reagan – O’Neilll? No answers.
-Tax discussion now mind numbing. Ryan three bottom lines, none of which work.
-On to taxes. Joe’s simple answer middle class will pay less, people making $1 million will pay more. We see no justification.
-Joe says use your common sense. Who do you trust.
-Ryan now getting boxed in on all sides. Joe is relentless. No answer for vouchers goes back to ’08 campaign.
-If Ryan says looks one more time. He’s promising a pony for everyone. Joe is getting to him.
-Extended life of programme until 2024, more benefits. Medicare insolvent in 2016 under their plan.
-Joe will love this Medicare discussion… 3-2-1… heard the death panel from Sarah Palin.
-This is crazy, Ryan is trying to defend their attacks.
-Joe getting real before the hammer. Hitting auto industry and Romney. If they got out of the way! Show me something.
-Romney paying for kid’s college is important to debate.
-Ryan tries to hit Scranton job rate? Rest of country improving. Ryan saying rubbish. Joe is pissed.
-Joe finally says 47% and he’s on a roll while Ryan smirks. CNN dials spiking for both men and women.
-War always the absolutely last resort. Bibi says they are. This President does not bluff.
-Quote of the night. “Ayatollahs see us and say “we’re gonna get a nuclear weapon?”
-Facts matter Martha. All this loose talk all they have to do is get to enough material? Not true!
-Go get ‘em, Joe. Economy in Iran, on the phone with Bibi. Secretary of Defense – we will not allow.
-Ryan accusing the Administration of watering down sanctions? Currency is crippled.
-Fact-based world hurts Paul. Bluster and loose talk. What are they talking about.
-Joe.. imagine if we let Congress write them?
-Ryan has no answer on Iran so… attack Obama! The nonsense this man is speaking.
-Ryan in over his head… Radditz has twice cut his filibuster off.
-There is no there, there. says Joe.
-Lecture on Embassy security. Governor Romney our making a political statement, panned around the world. Weakness? wow this is :30 seconds.
- Ryan attacking SOFA in Iraq negotiated by Bush? Raw meat for Joe, he’d better eat it.
-1st question is about Libya, good thing we talked about it on David Pakman today.
2:01 still having trouble getting C-SPAN online..
2:01 Katty Kay of BBC talking about the table sit.
1:57 am The Kentucky Senatorial delegation is in the house long with the candidate’s wives. Martha Radditz in place with a story of a cellphone going o in a White House briefing.
Denis G Campbell is the author of 6 books including 'Billionaire Boys Election Freak Show,' 'The Vagina Wars' & 'Egypt Unsh@ckled.' He is the editor of UK Progressive Magazine and provides commentary to the BBC, itv Al Jazeera English, CNN, MSNBC and others. His weekly 'World View with Denis Campbell' segment can be heard every Thursday on the globally syndicated The David Pakman Show. You can follow him on Twitter via @UKProgressive and on Facebook.
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