The best quotes of last night’s Biden-Ryan debate come across almost like reading internet snark or a flamefest in the YouTube comments, and, as the candidates bickered smirkingly over foreign policy, the economy, and the Great Recession, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter were alight with fevered political junkies sharing and themselves arguing about the night’s biggest zingers.
Both Biden and Ryan gave as good as they got, but, after a weak showing for Dems at the first Presidential debate, Biden was seen by viewers as pushing back at what many liberals felt was dishonest rhetoric from the Romney-Ryan camp.
The debate was fierce, and who won the debate is the question on everyone’s lips this morning as the debate’s best quotes are bandied about.
It’s true that both candidates held their ground and condensed their points into a few “best quotes” of the night.
Perhaps the most re-quoted zinger came from Biden, who responded to an attack from Ryan insinuating that the current administration does not work with Republicans, citing John F. Kennedy and Reagan as examples. Calling to mind the 1988 VP debate, Biden quipped:
“Oh, now you’re Jack Kennedy?”
Ryan held his own though, and, when Biden defended spending in the Obama administration, Ryan shot back:
“Was it a good idea to spend taxpayer’s dollars on electric cars from Finland?”
Biden also was not nearly as afraid as his running mate of calling Ryan out on creative stances, saying at one point:
“With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey.”
But Ryan also had his share of call-outs, including one on cutting taxes when he quipped:
“Not raising taxes is not cutting taxes.”
And at one point, Ryan roasted Biden for his gaffe habit, joking:
“I think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way.”
But Biden got him on the Romney camp’s dim view of the US in its campaign, firing:
“I’ve never met two guys who are down on America so across the board.”
And Ryan quipped:
“The president likes to say he has a plan. He has a speech.”
“War should always be the absolute last resort. That’s why these crippling sanctions, which Bibi Netanyahu says we should continue, which — if I’m not mistaken — Governor Romney says we — we should continue. I may be mistaken. He changes his mind so often, I could be wrong.”
What did you find to be the best quotes of the VP debate last night?