2012 US Election

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Tonner: Ryan wins Vice Presidential Debate

Winner: Paul Ryan Scores: Ryan 83 | Biden 82 Judge: Tommy Tonner Reasons: Well I was looking forward to this one, the young turk versus the grizzled veteran, one trying to stem momentum the other trying to build on it. It did not disappoint and was a tightly matched affair. Noting first the style of the … Continue reading

Hume: Biden wins Vice Presidential Debate

Winner: Joe Biden Scores: Biden 82 | Ryan 76 Judge: Andy Hume Reasons: An immensely enjoyable debate which I scored as a clear win for Vice President Joe Biden, with some reservations. Biden had two major advantages in terms of his matter. First, his rebuttals were significantly stronger. Time and again he opened his responses … Continue reading

D’Cruz: Biden wins Vice Presidential Debate

Winner: Joe Biden Scores: Biden 80 | Ryan 75 Judge: Ray D’Cruz Reasons: Joe Biden won the vice presidential debate because Paul Ryan, when pressed on detail, struggled. Repeatedly, as individual arguments progressed, Ryan’s positions were brought undone. While ordinarily that would make it a big win for Biden, Ryan’s overall messages were more compelling … Continue reading

Berglund: Biden wins Vice Presidential Debate

Winner: Joe Biden Scores: Biden 78 | Ryan 76 Judge: Fenja Berglund Reasons: Joe Biden strove to maintain the upper hand throughout the entire debate not only through an aggressive style but also with solid application of facts throughout the debate.  His efforts paid off and he won a debate which was largely conducted on … Continue reading

Jocic: Biden wins Vice Presidential Debate

Winner: Joe Biden Scores: Biden 77 | Ryan 69 Judge: Wayne Jocic Reasons: Joe Biden won this debate by a clear margin. He did, at the first opportunity, what Barack Obama failed throughout the first presidential debate to do: defend Obama’s presidency. The argumentation was simple; Obama had set goals and achieved them. The first … Continue reading

Jarvis: Biden wins Vice Presidential Debate

Winner: Joe Biden Scores: Biden 82 | Ryan 80 Judge: Jason Jarvis  The story of this debate is offense, offense, offense.  This was a vastly more entertaining debate than the first Presidential debate.  It was marked by several testy exchanges between Biden and Ryan over taxes, Afghanistan and Iran.  Biden wins this debate thanks to … Continue reading

Lising: Biden wins Vice Presidential Debate

Winner: Joe Biden Scores: Biden 80 | Ryan 77 Judge: Ian Lising Reasons: Bluster and Loose Talk The Vice President and Congressman came out swinging. Ironically, the person who was getting in the way of the round was the moderator. At the start, there were several moments of possible clash that she interrupted, diffused, or … Continue reading

Clash of style and substance looms in Vice Presidential Debate

Opinion by Andy Hume Vice-presidential debates typically don’t matter very much in the scheme of things, but Thursday’s match-up between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden is attracting an unusual amount of attention, and it is sure to be a fascinating clash of styles in a number of ways. Both candidates will be under significant pressure … Continue reading

Reflecting on the First Presidential Debate; Planning for the Second

Opinion by Colm Flynn Expectations going into the First Presidential Debate were very different for the two candidates. On one hand we had President Obama with a reputation of being an articulate, passionate, youthful speaker.  On the other Governor Romney who everyone expected to just be happy to avoid any serious mistakes. That’s not the way … Continue reading

In defence of Jim Lehrer

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz In the past 24 hours, PBS journalist Jim Lehrer has been savaged for his role as moderator in the First Presidential Debate. This is unfair. Lehrer should be applauded for allowing a real debate to unfold. Televised Leaders’ Debates should not be the tightly scripted affairs they’ve become. We’ve become used to … Continue reading