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Joe Gives It A Go?

Updated on October 14, 2012

I have to confess, I did not see the Vice-Presidential Debate. I was listening to the Steelers-Titans Football game, but it sounds like the debate was a lot more interesting than the game.

This was a debate that the Democrats needed to win, or at least make a good showing in. After Obama's timid performance in the first debate.

From what I read in the days following, it seems like Biden's willingness to confront Ryan and the Republican agenda resonated with the Democratic base. I saw a lot of status updates praising Biden for being aggressive and taking Ryan to task.

I can't help but think, or hope, that the Democratic advisers realized that Romney won more on style than on substance. In the first debate, he was, as has become the strategy of the GOP for the last two years, relying on fear and general ideas. Romney stayed away from being specific, save for the attack on Public Broadcasting. If Obama had reminded people what has happened in Wisconsin and Ohio, it may have forced Romney to play defense.

Biden, I wonder, may have been a guinea pig to see what would happen if a more aggressive approach was taken. I think the answer is clear. The content of the next two debates could also be an opportunity for Obama to take a more aggressive tack.

One is on social issues, where Obama can call the GOP out on the various attacks they have made; women, homosexuals, organized labor, Latino's,etc. A second is on foreign policy, when Romney could be linked to the policies that created many of the situations we are in now.

There's still time to show Romney as the candidate of, by, from and for the "%1" that he is. Biden has shown that it can be done.


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    • peanutroaster profile image


      6 years ago from New England

      I don't even see a point of these debates at this point except for entertainment value. Does anyone not know where the candidates stand at this point? Romney is the WHITE (someone the racists can vote for) rich guy on his shiny dressage horse who made a lot of money and will bring his outsourcing mindset to the Federal budget. Kill any program who doesn't meet his personal needs (i.e. healthcare, social security, medicare), hand out tax cuts to the rich and deregulate wall st. so his buddies and son can return to the good old days of risky behavior. And for fun start a few wars so he can secure his second term.

      Obama we know - saved us from the brink of financial disaster, kill Bin Laden, favors building the economy from the middle, fair pay for women, keep government out of your personal life etc.

    • Johnkadu123 profile image


      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      There was plenty of fire. Voters need to get engaged in the system and vote. The vote suppression effort seems to have stepped up a gear on this round. That is where the real work needs to happen. Thanks for the hub.

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image


      6 years ago

      Just what I needed to read. This is well done and I missed who won the game. are you a steelers fan? voted this up, shared,

      tweeted and pinned. :)

    • peanutroaster profile image


      6 years ago from New England

      Biden did a great job exposing Ryan/Romney for having not details and scary ideas about Social Security, Medicare, Foreign Policy, Women's Issues and math based on fantasy.

      Mitt was so excited about his sales pitch that he morphed into a completely new version of himself only to be corrected later by his own handlers.


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