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8:20 AM ET, October 12, 2012


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Joe Biden / CNN:
CNN Poll: Debate watchers split on who won VP debate  —  Danville, Kentucky (CNN) - Call it a draw.  —  Forty-eight percent of voters who watched the vice presidential debate think that Rep. Paul Ryan won the showdown, according to a CNN/ORC International nationwide poll conducted right after Thursday night's faceoff.
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Twitter frowns on Joe Biden's laugh  —  Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan were the two candidates on stage at Thursday's vice presidential debate, but a third character emerged: Joe Biden's laugh, which didn't escape the notice of tweeting politicos.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Angry old man yells at Paul Ryan for 90 minutes; Update: CNN insta-poll of undecideds shows tie; Update: Ryan wins CNN insta-poll overall, 48/44  —  I expected “table-pounding atmospherics” from Biden but I didn't expect him to act like a total jackhole for fully 90 minutes.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Sources: Ryan to be called ‘mister,’ not ‘congressman,’ at debate (Updated)  —  When Paul Ryan and Joe Biden take the debate stage tonight in Danville, Ky., the form of address the debate moderator is supposed to use with the VP's opponent is “mister” instead of “congressman,” two sources confirmed to POLITICO.
MEDIA HAMMERS BIDEN: ‘STOP SMIRKING!’  ‘WEIRD,’ ‘JERK’  —  We're about thirty minutes into the debate and already Vide President Joe Biden is receiveing pretty tough reviews for his bizarre smiling and smirking as debate moderator Martha Raddatz talks about issues as serious as Iran getting a nuclear weapon.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Biden contradicts State Department on Benghazi security  —  Vice President Joe Biden claimed that the administration wasn't aware of requests for more security in Libya before the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi during Thursday night's debate, contradicting two State Department officials …
Martha Raddatz / Fox News:
Transcript of vice presidential debate  —  The following is a transcript of the vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan in Danville, Kentucky on Oct. 11, 2012.  Check back, as the transcript will be updated.  —  SPEAKERS: VICE PRESIDENT JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The Biden-Ryan Debate  —  10.33 pm.  I have to say that Biden did to Ryan what Cheney did to Edwards in style and demeanor and authoritah.  Ryan was hampered by an insurmountable problem on the impossible mathematics of the Romney budget.  I think his inability to answer that question …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Thoughts on the vice-presidential debate  —  Joe Biden was always going to be an attack dog tonight.  After the presidential debate, the Democrats needed him aggressively to promote their post-debate excuse that Romney is all smoke and mirrors.  Moreover, Biden is well suited for the attack dog role.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Biden Bombed  —  You don't win a nationally televised debate by being rude and obnoxious.  You don't win by interrupting your opponent time after time after time or by being a blowhard.  You don't win with facial expressions, especially smirks or fake laughs, or by pretending to be utterly exasperated …
Bruce Kesler / Maggie's Farm:
Rude Biden Turns Off Many Independents  —  Quick reaction around the networks and websites: Both Biden and Ryan scored some good points.  Biden's sneers and constant interruptions were a turn-off, disrespectful in the extreme, to those who value courtesy in personal communications.
Discussion: CNN and Israel Matzav
Wall Street Journal:
The Bully vs. the Wonk  —  The Veep's strategy: Show contempt for your opponent.  —  So now we know what Team Obama's comeback plan was following last week's defeat in the Presidential debate.  Unleash Joe Biden to interrupt, filibuster, snarl, smirk and otherwise show contempt for Paul Ryan.
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Beast
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   Live-blogging the big VP debate.
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Ryan aide says magazine used ‘poor judgment’ printing photos
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Debate verdict: Martha Raddatz took control
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Zombie-Eyed Granny-Starver Takes on the One Man Who Relishes This Mess: Your 2012 VP Debate Preview
Discussion: Balloon Juice, The Impolitic and CNN
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Thoughts on the vice presidential debate
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Vice Presidential Debate Format: What to Watch For
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rasmussen Reports:   18% Consider Vice Presidential Debate Very Important To Their Vote
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Did Stephanie Cutter Just Win The Foreign Policy Debate For Romney?  —  In case you haven't seen the video, watch it.  Drink it in.  Obama campaign Deputy Communications Director Stephanie Cutter, in a craven and flailing attempt to salvage the White House's ebbing credibility surrounding …
Discussion: “The Lid”
Washington Free Beacon:
Cutter: Benghazi Is Only an Issue ‘Because of Romney and Ryan’
Katie Pavlich /
Exclusive Video: Cutter Stands by Libya Comments, Refuses to Resign
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The PJ Tatler
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney rebukes Obama campaign on Libya, says nation deserves answers
Discussion: Politico
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Times/Bay News 9/Herald exclusive Florida poll: Romney 51, Obama 44  —  Barack Obama's lackluster debate performance last week has dramatically altered the presidential race in Florida, with Mitt Romney opening up a decisive 7 percentage point lead, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald poll.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Oh my: New Florida poll shows Romney up by seven overall — and up two among Latinos
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Very Quick Thoughts  —  I'll keep it brief.  —  I'd call the first exchange on foreign policy basically a draw.  Biden was on uncomfortable terrain on the Libya story.  On each successive encounter, Biden was on the offensive and owned the conversation.  I don't think it was close.
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Matthews Confronts Lady Who Tells Him To Do His Homework, ‘Obama Is A Communist, Buddy’  —  As MSNBC host Chris Matthews talked to people in the crowd outside the Danville, Kentucky location for tonight's vice presidential debate, he was interrupted by an older woman who insisted President Barack Obama is a communist and un-American.
Discussion: Gawker
Talking Points Memo:
Obama: Romney Now ‘Severely Kidding’ About Past Positions  —  In a notably sharper stump speech on Thursday, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney for his shifting positions on taxes, health care and education by using the Republican's own descriptor as “severely conservative.”
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
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Joe Klein / Time:
Note to Obama: Get Down off the Mountaintop
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Steve King's debate ‘notes’
Discussion: New York Magazine
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
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