While not an overwhelming majority, the consensus from several publications is that Joe Biden won the vice presidential debate last night based on his substantive arguments on economic and tax policy.
Unlike President Barack Obama last week, Biden touched on Romney's “47%” statements, said he wouldn't “voucherize Medicare,” and hit the GOP team for vagueness on which tax loopholes Romney would close to balance the budget.
Some considered it a qualified victory, noting that he energized Democrats “who had been down in the dumps since the president's supine performance,” according to Slate.
GOP commentators complained afterwards that debate moderator Martha Raddatz allowed Biden to steamroll over Rep. Paul Ryan.
“Really tough format…for someone like a Paul Ryan or anybody else up against Joe Biden, when the moderator allowed one candidate to absolutely run roughshod over the conversation, over the opponent,” former VP candidate Sarah Palin told Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity on Thursday night.
Ryan did receive some praise, with reporters noting that he didn't get flustered by Biden's interjections and continued to make points and now allow himself to be cut off. He also spoke authoritatively on foreign policy even though Biden has more experience in the area.
Palin's comments aside, many media outlets felt Raddatz kept the two men on track through the nine subjects, while permitting enough back-and-forth to make it a real debate. In short, she didn't allow the candidates to take over, like Jim Lehrer of PBS did in the first presidential debate, the outlets noted.