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10/11/2012 08:31 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

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Vice Presidential Debate

10/12/2012 1:08 AM EDT

Paul Ryan Employs Same 'Failure To Lead' Gambit He Uses Against Obama

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney have now both dodged questions about their tax plans by saying in essence they would copy a strategy that they describe as "failing to lead" when President Barack Obama has done it -- leaving details to Congress.

In Thursday night's debate, Ryan did it in refusing to disclose the tax loopholes that he and Romney say they would close to "broaden" the tax base and pay for a tax cut estimated to cost at least $5 trillion. They assert that by closing those loopholes, their tax cut would be entirely paid for.

But neither man has suggested a single loophole, such as the mortgage deduction or deductions for charitable giving, that they would close.

Instead, they want Congress to make those choices.

"We want to work with Congress -- we want to work with the Congress on how best to achieve this," Ryan said.

"We said here's the framework, let's work together to fill in the details," he said at another point. "That's how you get things done. You work with Congress."

But when Obama has offered broad outlines and asked Congress to fill in the details, Republicans -- and some Democrats -- accused him of a failing to lead.

Ryan did so later in the debate.

"Leaders run to fix problems. President Obama has not even put a credible plan on the table in any of his four years to deal with this debt crisis," Ryan said. "I passed two budgets to deal with this. Mitt Romney's put ideas on the table.

"The president likes to say he has a plan," Ryan said. "He gave a speech. We asked his budget office, 'Can we see the plan?' They sent us to the press secretary. He gave us a copy of the speech."

"You see, that's what we get in this administration -- speeches -- but we're not getting leadership," he added.

He did not note that he thought it was okay when he and Romney only have a plan.

-- Michael McAuliff

10/11/2012 11:36 PM EDT

No Clear Debate Winner in Two Polls

A CNN instant survey of Americans who watched the debate found Paul Ryan eking out a slight victory, 48 percent to 44 percent, but that was well within the survey's margin of error.

Fifty-five percent of CNN respondents said that Vice President Joe Biden performed better than they expected in the debate, 26 percent said he did worse, and 18 percent said he did the same as they expected. Ryan likewise impressed, with 51 percent saying he performed better, 19 percent worse, and 28 percent said he performed the same.

An earlier CBS News online panel poll of uncommitted voters found that 50 percent thought Biden won, 31 percent that Ryan won, and 19 percent that the debate was a tie.

-- Emily Swanson

10/11/2012 11:34 PM EDT

Mitch McConnell: 'Joe Is Pretty Passionate'

Some conservatives were outraged at Vice President Joe Biden's smirks and snickers during the debate. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) didn't go quite so far, despite questioning from the obviously perturbed Sean Hannity on Fox News.

Hannity asked McConnell to talk about Ryan's demeanor, calling it "calm" and "smart." McConnell said the American people would probably agree.

"I think they'd like a vice president who is under control, you know?" McConnell said.

Does that mean he thinks Biden isn't?

"Joe is pretty passionate," McConnell said. "Sometimes he can harness it in. Sometimes, he can't."

-- Elise Foley

10/11/2012 11:23 PM EDT

Obama Watches Debate

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House

10/11/2012 11:15 PM EDT

Ryan Repeats Overstated Claim About People Losing Health Insurance Under Obamacare

Like Mitt Romney during his debate with President Barack Obama last week, Paul Ryan charged during Thursday's debate that health care reform would cause 20 million people to lose their health insurance.

"Look at all the string of broken promises. 'If you like you health care plan, you can keep it.' Try telling that to the 20 million who are projected to lose their health insurance if Obamacare goes through," Ryan said.

Ryan and Romney both base their claim on a selective reading of a Congressional Budget Office report that predicts the law will extend health insurance coverage to 30 million people. Along the way, 3 million to 5 million people are projected to move from the job-based health benefts they have today to some other form of coverage, such as private health insurance sold on the law's "exchanges" or Medicaid.

The CBO report included alternative calculations that ranged from predicting that Obamacare would actually increase enrollment in job-based health insurance by 3 million, to estimating that 20 million people would lose those benefits, which is the figure Ryan and Romney cherry-picked.

Ryan was on solid ground accusing Obama of breaking his campaign promise to reduce every family's health insurance premiums by $2,500 a year. In fact, health insurance premiums continue to rise as they have for years, though the rate of increase has slowed. Health care spending growth overall also has slowed. But since the biggest parts of Obama's law don't take effect until 2014, it's probably had little effect on spending or premiums either way to date.

Ryan also said 7.4 million senior citizens would lose the coverage they currently have on private health insurance plans through the Medicare Advantage program because the health care law cuts its funding. While Ryan accurately cited the projections of Medicare's independent actuary, the number of people on Medicare Advantage plans has increased since the law and health insurance companies have said they don't expect this line of business to collapse.

- Jeffrey Young

10/11/2012 11:12 PM EDT

Cain: Biden Stopped 'The Bleeding'

@ THEHermanCain :

Biden did the job of "stopping the bleeding'. He went in with strategy to emerge with 'a draw'. He succeeded. #TCOT

10/11/2012 11:12 PM EDT

Ryan's Hometown Unemployment Rate Decreasing

Early in the debate, Paul Ryan slammed Joe Biden over the unemployment rate in Scranton, Pa. -- the vice president's hometown.

"Joe and I are from similar towns. He's from Scranton, Pennsylvania. I'm from Janesville, Wisconsin. You know what the unemployment rate in Scranton is today?" Ryan said. "It's 10 percent."

The attack line would have been more effective if Ryan's hometown had been facing its own increasing unemployment under President Barack Obama. But Ryan's hometown of Janesville has seen a declining unemployment rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While not every month has seen a drop, in June, Janesville's rate stood at 9.4 percent. In August, it had fallen to 8.6 percent. That's down from a high of 13.9 percent in March 2009.

-- Jason Cherkis

10/11/2012 11:11 PM EDT

Cain Weighs In

@ THEHermanCain :

There were no winners. This debate was not a debate. Tt was a Distraction. #Biden used interruption as tactic to suppress Ryan's substance.

10/11/2012 11:11 PM EDT

Debate Transcript

Click here for a full transcript of tonight's debate.

10/11/2012 11:09 PM EDT

Obama Praises Biden's Performance

Stepping down from Air Force One, President Barack Obama praised his vice president's performance in the debate.

"I'm going to make a special point of saying that I thought Joe Biden was terrific tonight. I could not be prouder of him. I thought he made a very strong case. I really think that his passion for making sure that the economy grows for the middle class came through. So I'm very proud of him," he said, according to the White House pool report.

Obama added that he talked Biden after the debate.

--Luke Johnson

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Reuters with an amazing Biden picture. twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew…

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzF...Read More"},{"id":"103","created":"10/11/2012 9:53 PM EDT","title":"Scranton Unemployment Clash","tweet_link":"103_scranton-unemployment-clash","entry_text":"

When his turn came to talk about unemployment and the economy, Paul Ryan got personal.

\"Joe and I are from similar towns,\" Ryan said. \"He's from Scranton, Pa. I’m from Janesville, Wis. You know what the unemployment rate in Scranton is? It's 10 percent. The day you came into office, it was 8.5 percent. That's how it's going all around America.\"

Biden interrupted: “That's not how it is. It's going down!”

The unemployment rate in the Scranton metropolitan area -– a broader statistical area than just Scranton proper -– is 9.6 percent, according to the U.S. Labor Department. The jobless rate for the area is up from 8.4 percent in January 2009, but down from its peak of 10.4 percent in January 2010.

-- Arthur Delaney

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When his turn came to talk about unemployment and the economy, Paul Ryan got personal.

\"Joe and I are from similar towns,\" Ryan said. \"He's from Scranton, Pa. I’m from Janesville, Wis. You know what the unemployment rate in Scranton is? It's 1...Read More"},{"id":"102","created":"10/11/2012 9:53 PM EDT","title":"Biden Trips Up Ryan With Sarcasm","tweet_link":"102_biden-trips-up-ryan-with-sarcasm","entry_text":"

Biden to Ryan: \"Oh, now you're Jack Kennedy?\"

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Biden to Ryan: \"Oh, now you're Jack Kennedy?\"

"},{"id":"101","created":"10/11/2012 9:51 PM EDT","title":"Romney-Ryan Social Security Ideas 'Old And Bad,' Biden Says","tweet_link":"101_romneyryan-social-security-ideas-old-and-bad-biden-says","entry_text":"

One of President Barack Obama's biggest gaffes during the debate last week in Denver was saying that he and Mitt Romney had a basic agreement on Social Security.

They don't, at least not publicly. And a number of Democrats, in the wake of the debate, expressed horror that Obama would blur the distinction and remove from the table a potent political cudgel.

During the vice presidential debate on Thursday night, Joe Biden didn't let that happen again.

Folks, follow your instincts on this one. And with regard to Social Security, we will not -- we will not privatize it. If we had listened to Romney, Governor Romney and the congressman during the Bush years, imagine where all those seniors would be now if their money had been in the market. Their ideas are old and bad.

-- Sam Stein

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One of President Barack Obama's biggest gaffes during the debate last week in Denver was saying that he and Mitt Romney had a basic agreement on Social Security.

They don't, at least not publicly. And a number of Democrats, in the wake of the de...Read More"},{"id":"100","created":"10/11/2012 9:50 PM EDT","title":"Biden: 'Can I Translate?'","tweet_link":"100_biden-can-i-translate","entry_text":"

\"timothypmurphy\"

@ timothypmurphy :

Biden interrupts Ryan answer to ask, \"Can I translate?\"

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Biden: \"We want to extend the middle-class tax cut permanently; they're holding hostage the middle-class tax cut to the super wealthy.\"

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Biden: \"We want to extend the middle-class tax cut permanently; they're holding hostage the middle-class tax cut to the super wealthy.\"

"},{"id":"98","created":"10/11/2012 9:48 PM EDT","title":"Mitt Romney's Famous '47 Percent' Comments Finally Come Up In Debate","tweet_link":"98_mitt-romneys-famous-47-percent-comments-finally-come-up-in-debate","entry_text":"

One of the most notable parts of the first presidential debate was what wasn't mentioned: Mitt Romney's now-famous remarks saying that 47 percent of the American public is \"dependent on government.\" Both Republicans and Democrats seemed surprised that moderator Jim Lehrer never asked about it, and President Barack Obama never took the chance to proactively mention it -- even though his campaign had been hammering Romney about it all week.

But Vice President Biden brought it up within the first half-hour of the vice president debate on Thursday, also mentioning Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) remark that 30 percent of Americans want the \"welfare state.\"

Noting that Romney opposed the auto bailout -- which both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations supported -- Biden said Americans should not be surprised by Romney's economic policies.

\"It shouldn't be surprising for a guy who says 47 percent of the American people are unwilling to take responsibility of their own lives,\" said Biden. \"My friend [Ryan] recently said in a speech in Washington said 30 percent of the American people are takers. These people are my mom and dad, the people I grew up with, my neighbors. They pay more effective tax than Gov. Romney pays in his federal income tax. They are elderly people who in fact are living off of Social Security. They are veterans who are fighting in Afghanistan right now who are not quote, not paying taxes.\"

Biden also invoked Grover Norquist, the conservative president of Americans for Tax Reform, criticizing Republicans for consistently signing his pledge vowing not to raise taxes.

\"Instead of signing pledges by Grover Norquist not to ask the wealthiest among us to contribute to bring back the middle class, they should be signing a pledge saying to the middle class, 'We're going to level the playing field. We're going to give you a fair shot again. We are going to not repeat the mistakes we made in the past by having a different set of rules for Wall Street and Main Street.'\"

-- Amanda Terkel

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One of the most notable parts of the first presidential debate was what wasn't mentioned: Mitt Romney's now-famous remarks saying that 47 perce...Read More"},{"id":"97","created":"10/11/2012 9:47 PM EDT","title":"Ryan Talks Taxes","tweet_link":"97_ryan-talks-taxes","entry_text":"

Ryan: \"Our entire premise of these tax reform plans is to grow the economy and create jobs.\"

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Ryan: \"Our entire premise of these tax reform plans is to grow the economy and create jobs.\"

"},{"id":"96","created":"10/11/2012 9:47 PM EDT","title":"A Matter Of Trust","tweet_link":"96_a-matter-of-trust","entry_text":"

\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

who do you trust? asks Biden, on Medicare and Social Security.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ howardfineman :\r\nwho do you trust? asks Biden, on Medicare and Social Security.\r\n"},{"id":"95","created":"10/11/2012 9:46 PM EDT","title":"The $716 Billion 'Theft' From Medicare","tweet_link":"95_the-716-billion-theft-from-medicare","entry_text":"

Paul Ryan, naturally, goes to one of the larger fibs of the campaign season: the supposed \"theft\" of $716 billion from Medicare. Do we even need to go over this again? Here's Amanda Peterson Beadle:

Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan continue to attack President Obama for “stealing” $716 billion from Medicare. The GOP presidential candidate says he will restore the cuts, despite the fact that Ryan included the savings in his FY 2013 budget.

But if Romney did stick to his plan to undo the billions cut from Medicare reimbursements to hospitals and insurers, it would make Medicare insolvent eight years sooner, from 2024 to 2016, and increase premiums for the program’s beneficiaries. And according to the New York Times, that goes against Romney’s promise that current beneficiaries or Americans within 10 years of eligibility would be affected by his plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system.

Additionally, the Ryan budget? It keeps the same cuts. As Ezra Klein pointed out way back when, making this accusation work is \"predicated on the listener misunderstanding how budgeting works.\"

What they’re doing is switching between two questions very quickly. The first question is: “How much money are you cutting from Medicare?” The second question is: “How much overall deficit reduction is contained in your plan?” And the second question isn’t getting answered.

[...]

What Romney/Ryan are saying is that they then take the money saved from their cuts to Medicare and put it toward deficit reduction, while Obama takes that money and spends it on health care for poor people. The argument here is that by using the money to cut the deficit, Romney/Ryan make future cuts to Medicare less likely.

But Romney/Ryan also add a trillion dollars to the defense budget. And they have trillions of dollars in tax cuts they haven’t explained how they’re going to pay for. So those decisions make future cuts to Medicare more likely. Meanwhile, Obama cuts defense spending by hundreds of billions of dollars, raises about $1.5 trillion in new taxes, and puts all that money into deficit reduction. So that makes future Medicare cuts less likely.

-- Jason Linkins

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Paul Ryan, naturally, goes to one of the larger fibs of the campaign season: the supposed \"theft\" of $716 billion from Medicare. Do we even need to go over this again? Read More"},{"id":"94","created":"10/11/2012 9:44 PM EDT","title":"Biden: 'Who Do You Trust?'","tweet_link":"94_biden-who-do-you-trust","entry_text":"

Biden: \"These guys haven't been big on Medicare from the beginning... Folks, use your common sense. Who do you trust on this?\"

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Biden: \"These guys haven't been big on Medicare from the beginning... Folks, use your common sense. Who do you trust on this?\"

"},{"id":"93","created":"10/11/2012 9:44 PM EDT","title":"Where Is Romney?","tweet_link":"93_where-is-romney","entry_text":"

\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

#vpdebate. It IS amazing that Ryan has barely mentioned Romney, except for the one anecdote about Mitt's private generosity.

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\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ howardfineman :\r\n#vpdebate. It IS amazing that Ryan has barely mentioned Romney, except for the one anecdote about Mitt...Read More"},{"id":"92","created":"10/11/2012 9:44 PM EDT","title":"Biden And Ryan Both Get Facts Wrong On Benghazi","tweet_link":"92_biden-and-ryan-both-get-facts-wrong-on-benghazi","entry_text":"

Tonight's debate opened with a charged back-and-forth between GOP nominee Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden over the Obama administration's handling of the violent attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.

The Romney-Ryan ticket has reason to see an opening here: The attacks, and the fumbling management of its aftermath by the White House, has outraged many Americans, who have yet to hear clear answers about why, nearly a week after the assault, a top official was still describing it as potentially linked to an obscure anti-Islam video.

\"That's exactly what we were told by the intelligence community,\" Biden said. \"The intelligence community told us that, and as they learned more facts about that, they changed their assessment.\"

It's the same answer the administration has offered for weeks, and while so far it has held up under scrutiny, it hasn't quieted vociferous critics.

But Biden appeared to trip up on the facts when Ryan accused the administration of failing to approve a series of additional security assets for diplomats in Libya.

On Wednesday, the House government oversight committee heard from two security officials based in Benghazi over the summer who described numerous attempts to seek more security, and produced specific memos sent to the State Department to back it up.

Biden said the administration was not aware of the requests -- something that may be true at the White House -- but is not accurate for State Department officials who denied the requests.

But Ryan misstepped, too, when he suggested that had there been more troops -- specifically a Marines division -- guarding the ambassador, the situation could have been avoided.

Marines don't guard ambassadors or embassies, for one thing -- they are there for classified materials. Moreover, none of the requested units described in Wednesday's hearing would have made a difference -- all but one or two of them would have been based in Tripoli, hundreds of miles away.

As one of the security officials acknowledged on Wednesday, \"Having an extra foot of wall or an extra half-dozen guards or agents would not have enabled us to respond to that kind of assault.\"

-- Joshua Hersh

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Tonight's debate opened with a charged back-and-forth between GOP nominee Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden over the Obama administration's handling of the violent attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassado...Read More"},{"id":"91","created":"10/11/2012 9:43 PM EDT","title":"Biden Thumping Ryan In First Third Of Debate","tweet_link":"91_biden-thumping-ryan-in-first-third-of-debate","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Ryan Grim reports:

Joe Biden is beating Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in the vice presidential debate in the first 30 minutes, according to an instant survey of a panel of debate viewers. The audience polled said that Biden was winning by a 63-37 margin.

Thursday night's debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., is critical for President Barack Obama's campaign, looking to rebound from Obama's debate thumping in Denver at the hands of Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Click here to read more.

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HuffPost's Ryan Grim reports:

Joe Biden is beating Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in the vice presidential debate in the first...Read More"},{"id":"90","created":"10/11/2012 9:42 PM EDT","title":"Ryan Hypocrisy Called Out","tweet_link":"90_ryan-hypocrisy-called-out","entry_text":"

\"stefcutter\"

@ stefcutter :

BOOM. Biden calls Ryan out for hypocrisy again. This time for asking for stimulus money, after criticizing it. #factsmatter

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ stefcutter :\r\nBOOM. Biden calls Ryan out for hypocrisy again. This time for asking for stimulus money, after criticizing it....Read More"},{"id":"89","created":"10/11/2012 9:39 PM EDT","title":"Biden Hammers Romney, Ryan On Auto Bailout","tweet_link":"89_biden-hammers-romney-ryan-on-auto-bailout","entry_text":"

Joe Biden has gone after Mitt Romney twice so far on the auto bailout, hammering Romney for his opposition to the plan, which Biden said has saved \"a million jobs.\"

In fact, the U.S. bailout of GM and Chrysler has saved 1.45 million jobs, according to the non-partisan Center for Automotive Research, cited in a February The New York Times editorial.

Ryan avoided the topic, opting not to directly address the Detroit bailout.

-- Zach Carter

","short_text":"

Joe Biden has gone after Mitt Romney twice so far on the auto bailout, hammering Romney for his opposition to the plan, which Biden said has saved \"a million jobs.\"

In fact, the U.S. bailout of GM and Chrysler has saved 1.45 million jobs, accord...Read More"},{"id":"88","created":"10/11/2012 9:39 PM EDT","title":"Palin Dragged Into Crossfire","tweet_link":"88_palin-dragged-into-crossfire","entry_text":"

\"nielslesniewski\"

@ nielslesniewski :

Biden takes a shot at Palin for \"death panels\" #vpdebate

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ nielslesniewski :\r\nBiden takes a shot at Palin for \"death panels\" #vpdebate\r\n"},{"id":"87","created":"10/11/2012 9:37 PM EDT","title":"Biden Appeals To Seniors","tweet_link":"87_biden-appeals-to-seniors","entry_text":"

\"Chris_Moody\"

@ Chris_Moody :

Biden speaking right to the camera in a short message to American seniors. Interesting. #vpdebate

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ Chris_Moody :\r\nBiden speaking right to the camera in a short message to American seniors. Interesting. #vpdebate\r\nRead More"},{"id":"86","created":"10/11/2012 9:37 PM EDT","title":"Delivering A Blow With A Smile","tweet_link":"86_delivering-a-blow-with-a-smile","entry_text":"

\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

#vpdebate \"I love my friend here.\" Biden clobbering Ryan on stimulus.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ howardfineman :\r\n#vpdebate \"I love my friend here.\" Biden clobbering Ryan on stimulus.\r\n"},{"id":"85","created":"10/11/2012 9:36 PM EDT","title":"Energy Malarkey","tweet_link":"85_energy-malarkey","entry_text":"

\"ariannahuff\"

@ ariannahuff :

Ryan (and Romney) keep talking about \"energy independence\" and then also slam alternative energy programs #vpdebate

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ ariannahuff :\r\nRyan (and Romney) keep talking about \"energy independence\" and then also slam alternative energy programs #v...Read More"},{"id":"84","created":"10/11/2012 9:36 PM EDT","title":"Ryan, Biden Get Personal","tweet_link":"84_ryan-biden-get-personal","entry_text":"

After Biden told his own tragic story about a car wreck that claimed the lives of his wife and daughter, Ryan fired back with a personal anecdote.

\"ryanbeckwith\"

@ ryanbeckwith :

And Ryan tells his tragic story. Neither Romney nor Obama has anything like this to share in debates.

","short_text":"

After Biden told his own tragic story about a car wreck that claimed the lives of his wife and daughter, Ryan fired back with a personal anecdote.

\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@Read More"},{"id":"83","created":"10/11/2012 9:35 PM EDT","title":"That Smile","tweet_link":"83_that-smile","entry_text":"

\"joe

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"},{"id":"82","created":"10/11/2012 9:32 PM EDT","title":"Biden On Obama-Bibi Criticism: 'This Is A Bunch Of Stuff'","tweet_link":"82_biden-on-obamabibi-criticism-this-is-a-bunch-of-stuff","entry_text":"

Joe Biden defended the relationship between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which has been somewhat testy, and criticized Republicans and the Romney-Ryan ticket.

Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, speaking from the perspective of the ayatollahs of Iran, said, \"They see President Obama in New York City the same day Bibi Netanyahu is, and instead of meeting with him, goes on a daily talk show,\" he said, referring to Obama's visit for a speech in front of the U.N. General Assembly.

Biden replied that Netanyahu has been his friend for 39 years and that Obama has met with him for a dozen years.

\"He has spoken to Bibi Netanyahu as much as he has spoken to anybody,\" said Biden, adding that before they went to the U.N., they spoke on a conference call for well over an hour \"in stark relief\" about the Iranian nuclear crisis.

\"This is a bunch of stuff,\" said Biden.

Obama and Netanyahu spoke on Sept. 29, after Obama spoke to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 25.

--Luke Johnson

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Joe Biden defended the relationship between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which has been somewhat testy, and criticized Republicans and the Romney-Ryan ticket.

Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, speaking ...Read More"},{"id":"81","created":"10/11/2012 9:31 PM EDT","title":"Romney Watches VP Showdown","tweet_link":"81_romney-watches-vp-showdown","entry_text":"

\"mitt

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney watches the vice presidential debate in his hotel room on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 in Asheville, N.C. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney watches the vice presidential debate in his hotel room on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 in Asheville, N.C. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

"},{"id":"80","created":"10/11/2012 9:31 PM EDT","title":"Biden: 'Stop Talking About How You Care'","tweet_link":"80_biden-stop-talking-about-how-you-care","entry_text":"

\"timothypmurphy\"

@ timothypmurphy :

Biden \"Stop talking about how you care about people. Show me something.\"

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ timothypmurphy :\r\nBiden \"Stop talking about how you care about people. Show me something.\"\r\n"},{"id":"79","created":"10/11/2012 9:30 PM EDT","title":"Biden Vows Unemployment Rate Below 6 Percent ","tweet_link":"79_biden-vows-unemployment-rate-below-6-percent-","entry_text":"

Vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz asked Vice President Joe Biden and GOP nominee Paul Ryan, \"Can you get unemployment to under 6 percent and how long will it take?\"

\"I don’t know how long it will take,\" Biden said. \"We can and will get it under 6 percent.\"

-- Arthur Delaney

","short_text":"

Vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz asked Vice President Joe Biden and GOP nominee Paul Ryan, \"Can you get unemployment to under 6 percent and how long will it take?\"

\"I don’t know how long it will take,\" Biden said. \"We can and ...Read More"},{"id":"78","created":"10/11/2012 9:29 PM EDT","title":"47 Percent","tweet_link":"78_47-percent","entry_text":"

\"howardfineman\"

@ howardfineman :

#vpdebate. 47 percent! finally! Biden goes on his \"my people\" rant. \"I've had it up to here\" says Joltin' Joe!

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ howardfineman :\r\n#vpdebate. 47 percent! finally! Biden goes on his \"my people\" rant. \"I've had it up to here\" says Jolt...Read More"},{"id":"77","created":"10/11/2012 9:29 PM EDT","title":"Ryan: Biden Knows How It Goes","tweet_link":"77_ryan-biden-knows-how-it-goes","entry_text":"

Paul Ryan: \"The vice president knows, sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way.\"

","short_text":"

Paul Ryan: \"The vice president knows, sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way.\"

"},{"id":"76","created":"10/11/2012 9:29 PM EDT","title":"Paul Ryan Hits Joe Biden For Lack Of Embassy Security, Despite GOP Cuts","tweet_link":"76_paul-ryan-hits-joe-biden-for-lack-of-embassy-security-despite-gop-cuts","entry_text":"

ABC's foreign correspondent Martha Raddatz kicked off Thursday's vice presidential debate with a question about Libya, with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wasting no time in criticizing President Barack Obama's administration for its handling of the issue. Ryan hit the president's administration for changing responses on what sparked the attack in Benghazi, as well as blamed the administration for inadequate security at the consulate (emphasis added):

We mourn the loss of these four Americans who were murdered. When you take a look at what has happened in the last few weeks, they sent the U.N. ambassador out to say that this was because of a protest and a YouTube video. It took the president two weeks to acknowledge that this was a terrorist attack. He went to the U.N. and in his speech at the U.N., he said six times -- he talked about the YouTube video.

Look, if we're hit by terrorists, we're going to call it for what it is: a terrorist attack. Our ambassador in Paris has a marine detachment guarding him. Shouldn't we have a Marine detachment guarding our ambassador in Benghazi, a place we knew there was an al Qaeda cell with arms? This is becoming more troubling by the day.

What Ryan didn't mention is the fact that House Republicans cut funding for embassy and consulate security, as Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) acknowledged this week.

\"Absolutely,\" Chaffetz told CNN when asked whether he voted to lower funds. \"Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have … 15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”

In fiscal year 2011, lawmakers shaved $128 million off of the administration's request for embassy security funding. House Republicans drained off even more funds in fiscal year 2012 -- cutting back on the department's request by $331 million. As the Washington Post noted, for fiscal year 2013, \"the GOP-controlled House proposed spending $1.934 billion for the State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program -- well below the $2.15 billion requested by the Obama administration.\"

Vice President Biden also jumped in when it was his time to respond, and pointed out that Ryan's own budget blueprint also cut funds for this very same purpose.

\"Number one, this lecture on embassy security -- the congressman here cut embassy security in his budget by $300 million below what we asked for,\" he said. \"Number one. So much for the embassy security piece.\"

-- Amanda Terkel

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