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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.
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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.
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
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.
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.
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.
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.
ABCNEWS:
Vice Presidential Debate Transcript  —  Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin shake hands after the vice presidential debate at Centre College, Oct. 11, 2012, in Danville, Ky. (Michael Reynolds/Pool/AP Photo)
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   Live-blogging the big VP debate.
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Ryan aide says magazine used ‘poor judgment’ printing photos
CBS News:
Poll: Biden takes debate over Ryan, uncommitted voters say
Sarah Parnass / ABCNEWS:
Getting to Know ABC News VP Debate Moderator Martha Raddatz
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Vice Presidential Debate Format: What to Watch For
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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”
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Washington Free Beacon:
Cutter: Benghazi Is Only an Issue ‘Because of Romney and Ryan’  —  Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said Thursday that the “entire reason” the terrorist attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans has “become the political topic it is” is because Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan talk about the attack.
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Exclusive Video: Cutter Stands by Libya Comments, Refuses to Resign
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The PJ Tatler
Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the L-Word  —  ‘Liar’ is potent and ugly—with a sleazy political pedigree.
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.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: New Florida poll shows Romney up by seven overall — and up two among Latinos
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Romney shifts to more moderate stances on taxes, immigration, health care, education
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
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
We've Gotten To The Bottom Of The Mysterious Jobless Claims Report!  —  After this morning's surprisingly positive jobless claims number was released, three things happened:  — Lots of people felt better about the economy  — Democrats cheered because they thought the number would help Obama
Joe Vardon / The Columbus Dispatch:
He tells ‘Dispatch’ those with pre-existing condition would have chance to get insurance  —  A Mitt Romney administration overhaul of President Barack Obama's health-care law would provide those without insurance who have a pre-existing condition the opportunity to gain coverage …
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