More Reaction to Biden’s Debate Performance
Summaries with Links to some interesting reads:
Damage Control: Obama Campaign Tries to Spin Biden’s Bizarre Debate Behavior
Women, in particular, seem to have reacted negatively. Writer Mollie Hemingway thought that Biden had done well but remarked: “Tonight, Joe Biden is embodying everything that women hate about talking with men.” She later added: “I’m even willing to give this debate to Biden, in the very short term. But in the long term, I bet he lost it. Think about what will stay with people after the debate. They’ll remember a rude, interrupting man.”
Romney: Biden ‘Directly Contradicts the Testimony—Sworn Testimony—of State Department Officials’
“Now, by the way, yesterday I raised some questions about Benghazi and the tragedy that occurred there,” said Romney. “And there were more questions that came out of last night because the Vice President directly contradicted the sworn testimony of State Department officials. He’s doubling down on denial. And we need to understand exactly what happened as opposed to just have people brush this aside. When the Vice President of the United States directly contradicts the testimony—sworn testimony—of State Department officials, American citizens have a right to know just what’s going on. And we’re going to find out. And this is a time for us to make sure we do find out.”
Catholic Bishops: Biden Didn’t Tell the Truth About the Obamacare’s Abortion Drug Mandate
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement Friday saying that Vice President Joe Biden falsely described Obamcare’s contraception and abortifacient mandate:
Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees:
“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”
This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain “religious employers.” That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to “Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,” or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.
Biden Ignores AARP Debate Request, Cites Endorsement of Obamacare
After AARP chided Obama for citing their endorsement of Obamacare in his first debate with Mitt Romney, Vice President Joe Biden went ahead and did the same thing last night in his only debate with Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Here’s how the Washington Examiner reported AARP’s reaction to President Obama’s first use of the organization’s name at his Denver debate with Governor Romney
By the Numbers: Moderator Raddatz Attacked Ryan 9 Times, Biden Once
While the candidates’ speaking time was roughly equal–not counting crosstalk, Biden spoke for 38:25 and Ryan 37:27–Raddatz’s questions were not in any way a measure of equality. She hit the Republican no fewer than nine times with pointed questions that were either an attack on Romney/Ryan or a way to set up excuses for Obama.
The one time Raddatz confronted Biden, it was to ask him to elaborate on what he meant by “a bunch of stuff” in attacking Ryan’s honesty–setting Biden up to elaborate. That sole question is cited by Huffington Post as evidence of Raddatz’s even-handedness.
- Attack #1: Holding Ryan and Romney, not Biden or Obama, accountable for Libya statements.
- Attack #2: Asking Ryan–and only Ryan–to respond to American misdeeds in war.
- Attack #3: Asking what the Romney/Ryan team would do, but not Obama/Biden, about Iran.
- Attack #4: Asking Ryan specific questions on unemployment, while letting Biden avoid them.
- Attack #6: Attacking Ryan–and only Ryan–for past legislative stances,
- Attack #7: Accusing Ryan of not offering “specifics”–and interrupting him:
- Attack #8: Falsely accusing Ryan of wanting to add to the defense budget.
- Attack #9: Asking Ryan, not Biden, about the implications of his stance on abortion