Local Debate Reaction: Dems Say Joe Biden Won; GOP Says Paul Ryan Did
Who won the debate? Democrats say Joe Biden. Republicans say Paul Ryan.
Northeast Ohio Democrats were enthusiastic about Vice President Joe Biden's debate performance on Oct. 11, saying in a Patch survey that Biden advanced the Democratic campaign by besting Paul Ryan.
Local Republicans surveyed said that Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee, outperformed Biden but that the national media will declare Biden the winner.
The opinion poll of local partisans was conducted as part of Patch's Red/Blue Northeast Ohio poll series. Patch received survey responses from 16 Democrats and 21 Republicans.
A majority of local Democrats said that Biden defeated Ryan by a "wide margin" and praised the vice president for attacking Ryan on the issues in ways President Barack Obama did not in the debate against Mitt Romney. They believe his performance will help the Democrats get more voters, including coveted swing voters, to the polls to suppor their ticket.
"Vice-President Biden had a very strong, fact-filled performance," wrote one Democratic insider. "Congressman Ryan avoided the issues, instead giving fuzzy 'feel good' stories that mean little."
Meanwhile, Republicans believe Ryan performed well, and will help Republicans win Ohio in November.
The GOP insiders also praised Ryan's "calm, respectful composure" and criticized Biden's "smirking and laughing" during the debate.
"Biden was disrespectful and rude," wrote one GOP insider.
Another Republican said the debate won't really amount to much since it wasn't Obama and Romney squaring off.
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"I believe that people are very uninterested in what the VP candidates have to say," a Republican wrote.