Biden-Ryan Vice Presidential Debate: Who Won?
More than 100 people shook off the Cardinals' Game 4 loss to visit a Wehrenberg Theatre in Des Peres or St. Charles to watch the vice presidential debate. Did they agree with you on the winner?
Nearly 120 people came out on a rainy evening to watch Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan face off in their one-and-only debate of the election season.
Most of them thought Biden, the No. 2 on the Democratic ticket, took one on the chin from Ryan, who is running with Mitt Romney in an effort to unseat President Barack Obama.
Analysts and pundits widely believed Obama lost the first presidential debate last week, and a dip for the incumbent in the polls seemed to bear out those views. It remains to be seen what the polls will say now that debate No. 2—between the No. 2s on the ticket—will have the same effect.
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Of those who filled out a post-debate survey from Patch, visitors said Ryan won the debate by a margin of nearly 7 to 1.
"Biden's smirks gave him less credibility. He gets real emotional," one visitor wrote.
Another said after the debate: "I thought Biden looked like a fool the way he was grinning and laughing. It was very disrespectful."
For the most part, audience members were partisan in their views: Those who came in supporting the Romney-Ryan ticket thought Ryan won, while those who thought Biden won were already in Obama's camp.
One undecided viewer who watched the debate at Wehrenberg's Des Peres 14 Cine, said he thought Ryan won because "the VP was out of control."
Many viewers cited Biden's grins and other reactions as a big turnoff.
"Biden was a clown," one wrote. "Laughing and wanting to act like a rock star. He learned that from his boss."
On the other hand, some Biden supporters said his experience showed through in the way he handled questions and provided context.
"I would say Biden won this debate," one wrote. "His experience in politics and having worked with (former GOP President Ronald) Reagan and (former Democratic House Speaker) Tip O'Neill and all of his experience really showed."
The crowd in both Des Peres and St. Charles erupted with laughter when, after Biden chided Romney for his notorious "47 percent" remark, Ryan shot back with what must have been a remark scripted for the occasion, poking the vice president for his propensity to make oral gaffes: "With respect to that quote (Romney's 47 percent), I think the vice-president very well knows — that sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way."
This debate was the second of four scheduled between either the presidential or vice presidential candidates this month. Patch, along with FOX2 and Wehrenberg, have hosted debate viewing parties at Wehrenberg's Des Peres 14 Cine or St. Charles 18 Cine theaters.
On Thursday, guests arrived early for some vice presidential trivia and a chance to win some movie tickets, then the audiences settled down for the debate at 8 p.m. Most stuck around for a brief Q&A period afterward.
Patch, FOX2 and Wehrenberg will host the remaining two debates between President Obama and Gov. Romney on Tuesday and again on Oct. 22. Doors open for both at 7:30 p.m. with more trivia. The debates start at 8 p.m.