Saturday, October 13, 2012
The vice-presidential showed no clear winner
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his rival for the Republican Party Paul Ryan on Thursday night fiercely debated foreign policy, taxes and the economy, and Biden strongly defended the current policy of the Obama administration's from Ryan attacks. The candidates disagreed on many foreign policy issues, among other things - about Libya, Afghanistan and Iran. Ryan said that reason of the death of the American ambassador in a terrorist attack at the consulate of Benghazi was that the embassy had not been provided with adequate security measures. Biden supported the existing plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and the administration's decision to impose sanctions on Iran to stop its nuclear development program. In addition to differences on certain foreign policy issues, be it Iran, Syria or Israel, the candidates were also divided on what should be the role of America in the world, although clearly state his position of either side fails. While many observers note that Biden spoke more convincingly, Ryan had also more than stubbornly stood his ground. The results after debate were mixed (CNN awarded the victory to Ryan by 48% to Biden 44% and CNBC 50% to Ryan and 36% to Biden, but CBS put Biden on 50% to Ryan 31%. Each part proclaimed victory).
In my opinion, the debate of candidates for the vice-presidential showed no clear winner, but confirmed a dangerous trend for the current administration. Contrary to expectations, Biden failed to mitigate the effect of the awkwardness of his boss's speech at the recent presidential debates. Obama has two more opportunities to stop the erosion of support in swing states, and he has promised to be more aggressive and less sensitive in the following matches. Generally, nothing has been decided, but Romney-Ryan, which were almost written off after a few flops statements seem to have recovered from the 47% impact and continue to attack