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October 11, 2012 10:32 PM Veep Live-Blogging V

By Ed Kilgore

Abrupt switch to abortion, with narrow framing of how candidates’ Catholicism affected views.

* Ryan off to the races w/personal story. Makes Romney policy sound moderate. And now switches to “religious liberty.”

* Biden does pretty good job on abortion, including zinger on Ryan’s past position on exceptions.

* Glad Biden mentioned Supreme Court, and was reasonably clear.

* Final, kind of ridiculous, question about troops being disappointed in tone of campaign sets up Biden to talk about his son.

* Ryan goes small-ball and panders on defense cuts, then goes large with well-rehearsed attack on Obama promises. Pure campaign talking-points gold. Biden needs good closer.

* Good hammer on Ryan Budget; must have saved it for end. Raddetz cut off Ryan’s response.

* “Character” question: Ryan crows about honesty, which is kind of hilarious.

* Biden boils message down as much as any low-information voter could possibly ask for.

* Biden closing statement: back to 47%, 30%, sounds a little gassed, looking down.

* Ryan closing statement: same-old, same-old referendum on Obama rap, well-delivered. Nice dog whistle to “constitutional conservatives” that most others could not have possible heard.

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

  • Joe Friday on October 11, 2012 10:40 PM:

    The nuns on the bus would disagree that Ryan cares about the Poor.

  • JR on October 11, 2012 10:40 PM:

    "Kind of" hilarious??? When Ryan's first word on his character was "honesty," I laughed out loud. For a moment, I though I was watching an SNL sketch.

  • g on October 11, 2012 10:41 PM:

    So can I just say - Biden was smiling and laughing because Ryan was LYING HIS ASS OFF!

    Let's put that on record

  • Heather on October 11, 2012 10:57 PM:

    Hilarity ensued on the Facebook page. Blue Girl was as on fire as Joe Biden was.

  • exlibra on October 11, 2012 11:01 PM:

    * Final, kind of ridiculous, question about troops being disappointed in tone of campaign sets up Biden to talk about his son.

    You make it sound ("sets up Biden to talk about his son") as if it were a bad thing. He only mentioned his son briefly, but he did manage to get a shot across the bow, without actually saying a bad word about anyone: *his* son fought in Iraq; Romney's sons -- all 5 of them -- "fought" on the campaign trail.