Pressure rises on Biden and Ryan as debate nears

  • Article by: FELICIA SONMEZ , Washington Post
  • Updated: October 7, 2012 - 11:55 PM

The VP candidates will meet Thursday in Kentucky.

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jpcooperOct. 7, 1210:46 PM

Biden will do well if the debate is not about taxes, debt, deficits, budgets, Medicare costs, Federal spending, Federal spending reductions, Social Security, Foreign Policy.

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diogenesnyOct. 8, 1212:07 AM

Though certain posters here love to crow about the Palin/Biden debates of 2008, they fail to recall that Biden won that debate - and even FOX said so. Ryan will find out he has much to defend - we'll have to see whether he can defend his history and his plans.

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ivehaditOct. 8, 12 7:00 AM

Since Ryan has no legislative (had 2 bills passed in 14 years), economic, executive or foreign policy experience, I expect him to be an attack dog. He will be just like Romney...all criticism, not one new idea. Except Ryan's "blueprint" to gut Social Security, replace Medicare with coupons and add trillions to our debt with tax cuts for the richest Americans. Oh, yeah, these aren't new ideas. They've been entirely debunked as garbage by non-partisans.

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theruntOct. 8, 12 7:24 AM

Hope Biden pushes Ryan to expand on his "Sanctity of Life" legislation, which would deny an abortion even in cases of rape or incest, and spell jail terms for the woman and doctor if an abortion was done. And if there's flip-floppin' on the issue, point it out, Joe.

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savagedruidsOct. 8, 12 7:59 AM

ivehadit: how many bills has biden passed? This will be the biggest blowout since the Obama-Romney debate.

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rickbmnOct. 8, 12 8:35 AM

ivehadit: 2 more things: 1) you are wrong that Romney's/Ryan's idea have been debunked. It doesn't really count when the DNC is doing the debunking. 2) experience. Despite having almost no tangible experience in any of the area you mentioned, Joe Biden was still more qualified than Obama to be president.

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danderson60Oct. 8, 12 9:43 AM

---how many bills has biden passed? This will be the biggest blowout since the Obama-Romney debate--biden sponsorship over 36 yrs :211 introduced, 51 referred to committee, 53 reported by committee, 41 passes by senate, 70 simple resolution, 27 signed by president. ryan sponsorship over 13 yrs : 64 introduced, 1 reported by committee, 8 passed house, 1 simple resolution, 2 signed by president. bills passed by both - biden = 27 / 36 yrs = .75, ryan = 2 / 13 yrs = .15. Bills sponsorsed - Biden 211/36 = 5.86, Ryan 64/13 = 4.9. completed and passed - biden 27/211 = .13, ryan 2/64 = .03. You were saying? when it comes to congressional records biden clearly has a better record.

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ontherecordOct. 8, 12 9:45 AM

rickbmn: "you are wrong that Romney's/Ryan's idea have been debunked. It doesn't really count when the DNC is doing the debunking" But the CBO has shown that Ryan's tax cuts will add $5 trillion to the national debt. The non-partisan CBO. I know you guys only take your numbers from FoxNews, so here's a non-partisan source for you.

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drichmnOct. 8, 1210:08 AM

"you are wrong that Romney's/Ryan's idea have been debunked. It doesn't really count when the DNC is doing the debunking" .... the DNC isn't doing the debunking. The DNC is pointing out the debunking that has been done by independent fact checkers. But, we know, Romney won't let facts dictate his campaign.

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savagedruidsOct. 8, 1210:23 AM

danderson60: how about Obama?

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