Governor Romney was largely seen as the winner of last week’s presidential debate, as he gave a confident, direct, and what some called a “presidential” performance. He subsequently gained a significant post-debate bump in the polls. So naturally, all eyes were on Vice President Joe Biden last night, as he and Paul Ryan debated in Kentucky.
So did Biden make up for his boss’s lackluster performance last week? Or is Paul Ryan likely to cause another bump for Romney? Todd Zwillich, our Washington correspondent, gives an assessment.
"Democrats, especially in the base, have to be happy with what they saw from Vice President Joe Biden, because he was aggressive, he was fact-checking," Zwillich says. Though Biden may have seemed "a bit condescending," Zwillich says we have to assess this debate in the context of the last one.
But does the vice presidential debate make much of a difference? Todd Zwillich doubts it. Especially because how one judges the winner of the debate depends largely on their political leanings.
"There was a lot of smiling, and eye-rolling, and interrupting from Joe Biden," Zwillich says. "Conservatives hate it: Joe Biden was condescending and interrupting, Paul Ryan was serious and presidential. Look on the other side: Joe Biden finally took the other side to task for their untruths."
What was perhaps the most interesting takeaway was the conversation about foreign policy — one that the presidential candidates will take on in the next debate.