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DEBATT | Vem vann vicepresidentdebatten? Svaret hänger antagligen samman med om man ser sig som demokrat eller republikan.

Newsday, New York, USA

Oshkosh Northwest, Wisconsin, USA

The Courier-Journal, Kentucky, USA

Någon tydlig vinnare är svårt att kora utifrån själva retoriken under debatten. Det utdelades knappast något tydligt knock out slag under natten. Vad som däremot skilde debattörerna åt var själva debattstilen.

Vicepresident Joe Biden var betydligt bättre än Barack Obama när presidenten debatterade med Mitt Romney. Demokraternas kärnväljare uppskattade säkert hans betydligt tuffare och aggressivare stil.

Den yngre och mer oerfarne Paul Ryan lätt sig dock inte skrämmas. Han behöll sitt lugn rakt igenom debatten. Han var fokuserad och påläst. Han fick antagligen sagt vad han ville säga och gav ett kunnigt intryck.

Vad som däremot var en tydlig skillnad var deras respektive sätt att debattera.

Biden avbröt ständigt Ryan medan Ryan var mer respektfull när Biden talade.

Bidens ständiga huvudskakaningar, nedlåtande leenden och fnysande när Ryan talade kan mycket väl ha stött bort många tittare. Inte minst kan det ha påverkat osäkra väljare. Ryan uppfattades som betydligt mer respektfull i sin stil.

Brett O’Donnell, The Daily Beast, sammanfattade det väl:

In the back and forth of this undercard event, both Biden and Ryan accomplished their goals—advance the campaign’s message, adeptly represent the top of the ticket, and convince the audience you’re prepared for the presidency.

Perhaps Vice President Biden was looking for perfect balance in the debate world by being as aggressive in his debate as President Obama was timid in his. Biden even broke the golden rule of debating—never argue with the moderator unless you’re Newt Gingrich. Yet both men left their partisan bases happy by fighting hard for their side’s vision. The question that remains is, was this an “Al Gore moment” for the vice president who overcorrected through his interrupting, condescending laugh, and eye-rolling behavior throughout the debate, or will he be seen as the Obama campaign’s hero who put the campaign back on message. That decision will certainly be in the eye of partisan beholder.

For Paul Ryan the challenge was to prove himself to have presidential mettle. And he passed that test. He handled the foreign-policy questions competently and remained calm in the face of the full fire of the vice president. He was at times overly concerned with defending detail, and he almost seemed embarrassed when the vice president raised the issue of Ryan’s letter seeking stimulus funds. But his answer to the question of what do you say to the veteran about the tenor of the campaign, captured by the line “Leaders run to fix problems,” struck the visionary chord that has made him one of the icons of the Republican Party.

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