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October 11, 2012 9:55 PM Veep Live-Blogging III

By Ed Kilgore

* Biden off to the races on taxes. Threw an awful lot out there for Ryan to deal with.

* Ryan does the “ain’t enough money for rich people to pay for it all” number pretty effectively, and then switches rapidly to “small business” rap. Biden lets him go, and finally starts cackling again.

* Raddetz tries to smoke out Ryan on tax plan secrets, and Ryan goes into “bipartisanship” rap. “Six studies” say it all works.

* Biden chooses to go after GOP credibility, with Romney tax rate prominently mentioned. Does “5 trillion tax cut” number more efficiently than did Obama.

* Makes me crazy nobody on Team Obama can demolish “bipartisanship” claim; what about McConnell quote from 2009?

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • Daryl McCullough on October 11, 2012 10:01 PM:

    Raffetz? Do you mean Raddatz?

  • Varecia on October 11, 2012 10:05 PM:

    This debate is underscoring the fact that Ryan is simply too young and too green to be a heartbeat from the Presidency. I hadn't heard him speak at length before now, and he looks ever smaller and punkier as the debate goes on. I am more deeply concerned than I have ever been that he is actually a candidate for Vice President. He looks more like a candidate for vice president of the junior class.

  • g on October 11, 2012 10:05 PM:

    Makes me crazy nobody on Team Obama can demolish “bipartisanship” claim; what about McConnell quote from 2009?

    Indeed. Why doesn't Biden bring up Ryan's voting record on jobs bills?

  • 4jkb4ia on October 11, 2012 10:06 PM:

    It is time to panic. The last 15 minutes look as if Biden has been told to attack and is overdoing it.

  • Jeff Rosenberg on October 11, 2012 10:07 PM:

    A thousand times yes on the bipartisanship rap. It takes incredible cojones to stonewall Obama for four years, and then complain that he's been a partisan. Absolutely infuriating.

  • Joe Friday on October 11, 2012 10:15 PM:

    "Ryan does the 'ain't enough money for rich people to pay for it all' number pretty effectively"

    Too bad it's bullshit.

  • 4jkb4ia on October 11, 2012 10:18 PM:

    Ryan so clearly had nothing but talking points on Syria that I am cheering up.

  • Anonymous on October 11, 2012 10:53 PM:

    Did Ryan ask permission, ala Palin, to call the VP, "Joe" instead of "Vice President" or "Mr. Biden"? Because Ryan did call him "Joe" in his closing argument. A bit disrespectful, don't you think?