Written by Karilynn Galiotos
Last updated on October 13, 2012 @ 12:47AM
Created on October 11, 2012 @ 11:56PM
The one and only vice presidential debate Thursday night in Danville Kentucky started off with a warm exchange between Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, but it quickly turned into a fiery debate.
Foreign policy started things off, specifically the handling of the U.S. Embassy attack in Libya. Ryan went after Biden and the Obama Administration for taking two weeks to acknowledge the act was a terrorist attack. Biden argued the Administration released details as they were given to them by the intelligence community.
The debate then weaved through Iran's nuclear program, to jobs back in America. This is where Ryan argued Obama's policies aren't working, because the unemployment rate is no where near where it was promised to be four years ago.
"You know what the unemployment rate is in Scranton?" Ryan asked.
"Sure do," said Biden.
"It's ten percent. You know what it was when you took office? 8.5 percent. That's how it's going all around America," Ryan said.
"You don't read the statistics. That's not how its going. It's going down," Biden said.
When the debate turned to taxes, moderator Martha Raddatz asked Ryan to offer specifics of how his and Romney's plan would work. They have said they will cut taxes at 20% across the board without raising the deficit.
"Do you actually have the specifics, or are you still working on it and that's why you won't tell the voters?" Raddatz asked.
"Different than this administration, we actually want to have big bipartisan agreements," Ryan said.
"Do you actually have the specifics? Do you have the math? Do you know exactly what you're doing?" Raddatz asked again.
"Look at what Ronald Reagan and what Tip O'Neil did. They worked together out of a framework to lower tax breaks and broaden the base, and they worked together to fix that. What we're saying is here's our framework, lower tax rates 20%. We raise about 1.2 trillion dollars through income taxes. We forego about 1.1 trillion in loopholes and deductions. And so what we're saying is deny those loopholes and deductions to higher income taxpayers so that more of their income is taxed -which has a broader base of taxation. We can lower tax rates across the board," Ryan said.
This debate was a stark difference from the first presidential debate for the democratic ticket. Obama's widely perceived loss gave Romney and Ryan an edge. But Thursday night, we saw Joe Biden come across strong and aggressive. There will likely be much said about his facial expressions and laughter, while Ryan played it safe and typically left only a smirk on his face.
One of the last and more polarizing points of the debate came with the question of abortion. Because of his Catholic faith, Ryan stated he and Romney would allow abortions only in cases of rape, incest and if the mother's life was in jeopardy. Biden said he would never push his personal beliefs on the rest of the country, and that a woman should be able to make her own decisions regarding her body.
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