ANVILLE: US Vice-President Joe Biden leaped to the attack against Republican challenger Paul Ryan in a lively debate on Thursday, aggressively defending the administration’s economic and foreign policies in a bid to regain momentum in the White House race.
Biden was looking for a Democratic rebound after President Barack Obama’s poor debate performance last week. But the younger and less experienced Ryan held his own in a series of testy exchanges.
“With all due respect, that is a bunch of malarkey,” Biden said when Ryan accused the White House of projecting an image of American weakness to the world.
First estimates of who prevailed at the debate in Kentucky were split. A CBS News survey of undecided voters showed Biden as the winner by a margin of 50 percent to 31 percent, while a CNN poll of debate watchers scored Ryan as the victor by 48 percent to 44 percent.
The vice-presidential candidates in the November 6 election frequently interrupted each other, talking at the same time and sometimes staring at each other in disbelief.