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Old October 13th, 2012, 04:00 AM
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The unbelievable SHEAR RUDENESS of Biden during this debate interrupting Paul Ryan 85 times!

It frankly made me sick to think this man is our Veep, and people wonder why we criticize the Obama team for not being bipartisan?

I don't care if you disagree with 100% of what the other person is saying - there is just absolutely no need to treat the other candidate in a Presidential race with this kind of disrespect.

And I only feel sorry for (1) Paul Ryan who is too well-mannered not to respond in kind and (2) the American people who had to suffer through this blowhard performance by Biden instead of getting a real debate.

The more I watch this debate the more I get two reactions - that Paul Ryan makes more & more sense (when I can ignore the distractions I know are coming and listen to what he says) and that Biden is just unbearable. He was a heckler, and a bully, and in a high school debate he would have flunked.

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Old October 13th, 2012, 10:33 AM
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How many times did Mittens interrupt the President?
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Old October 13th, 2012, 11:15 AM
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It also does not seem proper to call people names.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 01:14 PM
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As it was, Biden ended up with only a slight edge in talk time during the debate. How much of a deficit would he have had if he didn't interrupt LyinRyan? Besides, Ryan had nothing to say anyway.
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I actually "get" the interrupting.

If you are having a conversation and you hear someone say things that you honestly believe are "lies", I think you interrupt and "call them" on it; and at least attempt to respond to your questions. And then you both argue your points

In the case of a "debate", if both parties simply end up talking over each other, the moderator moderates.

I actually think all the talking points about Obama looking down, Biden smiling and smirking, and Ryan over hydrating are just diversions. Both had opportunities to make their points clear, in the context of the limited time available.

The real point is what kind of a job they did doing that. Eventually the voters will be the deciders on that question.
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This is exactly what I explained many, many posts ago.

This is just like a cocktail party. The idea is to talk as much as possible, ideally without taking a breath, and absolutely don't waste any more time than is necessary, preferably none, listening to what anyone else is saying.
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I realize the "base" thought it was funny.

I didn't think it was funny. I thought it made him look goofy and with no manners at all. Ironically, Joe would have been the clear winner if he had not done this, because he was very convincing in his points (not that I agree with them, or think he was being honest, but I do recognize when someone is being convincing).
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I will say that because these are the only times the candidate are forced to be face to face, and say what they have to say, to each other, limiting it to 90 minutes is joke.

To get into any in depth answer on real issues with 2 minute answers just isn't practical.

2 minutes might be enough time to state a position, but certainly not enough time to back them up with facts.

No doubt the time limitations were put in place so they were long enough to "present" the candidates, but short enough to protect them.

If there are issues not thouroughly discussed, what's wrong with allowing the moderator to extend the debate time by a half hour, or even an hour.

Eventually someone might actually hear the truth about at least some positions.
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Why not put the responses in writing in advance. The moderator can highlight differences, and then let candidates explain, mike of the opponent muted, why their position is better. If they go off topic, kill both mikes.

The debates are a joke anyway. The Presidency isn't a prize you win on a game show.
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Once I left the room, so that I could hear the debate instead of watching, I heard more of what was going on.

I admit that the behavior was rude, and insenitive, but it is not unlike so much that has gone on this election period.
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It also does not seem proper to call people names.
It never is proper to call people names.

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