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    So what did you think of the VP debate? I thought Joe Biden did great, definitely won the debate. In contrast, Paul Ryan was a slippery, hyper-caffeinated used car salesman (shocker, I know). It will be interesting to see what the American people think of this debate, and whether it fires up Democrats and much as it should have.

    P.S. I thought Martha Raddatz did an excellent job overall – certainly a gazillion times better than the comatose Jim Lehrer last week (ugh) – and that the debate was what a debate is SUPPOSED to be!  Now, can we please have more of this in the remaining two debates?

    UPDATE 10:55 pm: CBS Instant Poll of uncommitted voters: 50% say Biden won, 31% say Ryan won, 19% saw it as a tie. Go Joe! Also, Biden went up from 39% to 56%, Ryan just from 45% to 49% on who has ability to be an effective president.

    • Shades of Lloyd Bentsen body slamming Dan Quayle.

    • From the fact checkers at the Obama campaign:

      Ryan’s Deceptions: Halftime Edition

      Already in tonight’s debate – just past halfway through – Congressman Ryan has misled the American public on five major issues that matter:

      Deception #1: Ryan said Romney’s 5 point plan would create jobs.

      That’s false. Independent economists have said that Romney’s plans could slow the economic recovery and eliminate jobs, and that his tax plan doesn’t add up.  Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a plan:  to return to the policies that crashed the economy and devastated the middle class.

      Deception #2: Ryan misrepresented the Obama administration’s Iran policy.

      That’s false. It was President Obama who put in place “crippling sanctions” on Iran that are working to bring its economy to its knees and just this week, Mitt Romney admitted they are working. Romney and Ryan have struggled to articulate what they’d do differently regarding Iran – except blustering about recklessly taking us to war.

      Deception #3: Ryan said Mitt Romney is a “Car Guy”

      That’s false. Mitt Romney’s no “car guy” – when the American auto industry and the million jobs it supports were on the brink, he would have just “let Detroit go bankrupt.” And he didn’t just write it in an op-ed, he repeated it personally many times. President Obama bet on the American worker, saving over a million jobs and helping make all three Detroit automakers profitable for the first time in seven years.

      Deception #4: Ryan hypocritically criticized the Obama administration on the Benghazi attack.

      That’s not right. The Romney-Ryan plan could slash funding for diplomatic security. While Paul Ryan has been perfectly willing to politicize the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, he has failed to note that the Romney-Ryan budget would require deep cuts to the State Department budget – and could slash funding for diplomatic security, construction and maintenance by $300 million at U.S. embassies around the world. In fact, Congressman Ryan and House Republicans have pushed for deep cuts affecting diplomatic security for years.

      Deception #5: Congressman Ryan claimed the Romney-Ryan Medicare voucher plan is bipartisan and rooted in the recommendations of a 1990s Clinton commission.

      That’s false. Senator Ron Wyden voted against the Ryan budget and has condemned their Medicare plan. Romney and Ryan are just trying to hide that their plan for Medicare is to turn it into a voucher program, increasing costs for seniors by more than $6,000 a year.

    • “Vice President Biden won tonight’s debate. In a clash between facts and conviction on one side and glib lines and empty promises on the other, tonight’s debate exposed the extreme risk that Romney-Ryan economics pose for the American middle-class and to our leadership in the world. This debate showed that facts and details matter – and it’s clear tonight that with their total disregard for both, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan know they can’t defend their indefensible plans.” – OFA Campaign Manager Jim Messina

      A roundup of fact checks from tonight:

      Healthcare:

      ·         FACT CHECK: President Obama Is Expanding Access To Contraception, Protecting Religious Liberty: Contrary to what Congressman Ryan said tonight, President Obama was able to expand women’s access to contraception while protecting religious liberty by exempting churches and religiously-affiliated organizations from paying for contraceptive coverage. Mitt Romney and Congressman Ryan, on the other hand, would put women’s health care decisions in the hands of their employers. And Congressman Ryan has repeatedly stood with Todd Akin and extreme Republicans in Congress to restrict women’s access to contraception.

      http://www.barackobama.com/pre

      ·         FACT CHECK: Romney-Ryan Too Extreme on Women’s Health : As Congressman Ryan highlighted tonight, he and Mitt Romney are too extreme on the critical issue of women’s health. In the House, Ryan worked with Todd Akin to narrow the definition of rape and outlaw abortion for rape and incest victims. And Romney-Ryan believe women’s health care decisions should be put into the hands of their employers, would defund Planned Parenthood, and endorsed the Republican Party platform that includes a constitutional amendment to ban abortion even in cases of rape and incest.

      ·         FACT CHECK: Obamacare Allows People To Keep Their Insurance Plans: Congressman Ryan just claimed that 20 million people will lose their employer-based coverage under Obamacare. That’s just not true, and independent fact checkers have said so. The truth is that Obamacare allows people to keep the coverage they have if they like it and incentivizes employer-based coverage. Romney and Ryan aren’t telling the truth about Obamacare because they don’t want the American people to know the devastating impact of what they’d do if elected – they’d allow insurance companies to discriminate against 89 million Americans who have had gaps in coverage if they have a pre-existing condition.

      http://www.barackobama.com/pre

      Foreign Policy:

      ·         FACT CHECK: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Have No Plan for Afghanistan. Paul Ryan couldn’t seem to articulate a coherent vision for the war in Afghanistan tonight. So we’ll tell you the truth: the Romney-Ryan ticket has no plan to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home. In fact, Romney said announcing a withdrawal date from Afghanistan was President Obama’s “biggest mistake” there.

      http://www.barackobama.com/pre

      ·         FACT CHECK: Romney-Ryan Have No Plan – Only Bluster – When It Comes To Syria: Questioned on Syria, Congressman Ryan proved again that he simply cannot articulate what Mitt Romney would do as president. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have failed to articulate anything they would do differently than the Obama administration. If Romney and Ryan want to arm the Syrian opposition directly, they should say that and be clear with the American people.  Romney and Ryan’s bluster aside, President Obama has been clear that Bashar al-Assad has lost all legitimacy and must go. The Obama Administration is working with our partners in the region to end the violence, strengthen the opposition, and support the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.

      http://www.barackobama.com/pre

      ·         FACT CHECK: Ryan Didn’t Tell The Truth About Romney’s Military Spending Increases: Struggling to cope with detailed questions about Mitt Romney’s policies, Congressman Ryan just denied that the Romney-Ryan ticket is proposing an increase in defense spending. He’s not telling the truth – Mitt Romney has repeatedly proposed increasing our defense spending by $2 trillion. But what Romney or Ryan aren’t saying is that we can’t afford the $2 trillion more they’re committing to spend and that the Pentagon’s not even asking for.

      ·         FACT CHECK: President Obama Put in Place Crippling Sanctions on Iran: Tonight, Congressman Ryan misrepresented the Obama administration’s Iran policy. It was President Obama who put in place “crippling sanctions” on Iran that are working to bring its economy to its knees and just this week, Mitt Romney admitted they are working. Romney and Ryan have struggled to articulate what they’d do differently regarding Iran – except blustering about recklessly taking us to war.

      http://www.barackobama.com/pre

      ·         FACT CHECK: The Romney-Ryan Plan Could Slash Funding for Diplomatic Security: While Paul Ryan has been perfectly willing to politicize the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, he has failed to note that the Romney-Ryan budget would require deep cuts to the State Department budget – and could slash funding for diplomatic security, construction and maintenance by $300 million at U.S. embassies around the world. In fact, Congressman Ryan and House Republicans have pushed for deep cuts affecting diplomatic security for years.

      http://www.barackobama.com/pre

      Economy:

      ·         FACT CHECK: Romney Would Raise Taxes On Middle Class Families To Pay For Tax Cuts For The Wealthy: Congressman Ryan tonight said Mitt Romney wouldn’t raise taxes on middle class families, but we know that’s not true. As independent, non-partisan analysts have highlighted, to pay for his plan, Mitt Romney would have to cut popular tax deductions that middle class families rely on, like the mortgage interest and charitable deductions, to pay for $250,000 tax cuts to multi-millionaires and billionaires. Paying for Romney’s tax cuts means the average middle class family with kids would see their taxes go up by $2,000 a year.

      ·         FACT CHECK: Romney’s 5 Point Plan Would Not Create Jobs: In tonight’s debate, Congressman Ryan cited Mitt Romney’s 5-point economic plan and said that it would help create jobs.  He wasn’t telling the truth. Independent economists have said that Romney’s plans could slow the economic recovery and eliminate jobs, and that his tax plan doesn’t add up.  Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a plan:  to return to the policies that crashed the economy and devastated the middle class.

      ·         FACT CHECK: Ryan Requested Stimulus Funds for His District While Congressman Ryan attacked the Recovery Act tonight, he apparently forgot to check his own record. As Congressman, he understood that the Recovery Act was helping to create jobs and sent letters to federal agencies asking for Recovery Act dollars to help create jobs in his district.

      Social Security:

      ·         FACT CHECK: President Obama Will Protect Social Security, Romney-Ryan Have Supported Privatization: Congressman Ryan and Mitt Romney have zero credibility when it comes to Social Security. The truth is that President Obama has called for both sides to come to the table to strengthen Social Security as part of a balanced plan, while Romney has supported privatization. And as Martha Raddatz pointed out,  Congressman Ryan has supported privatization of the program in the past and was the architect of a plan that even the Bush administration called “irresponsible.”

      http://www.barackobama.com/pre

      Medicare:

      ·         FACT CHECK: President Obama’s Medicare Savings Were Included In The Ryan Budget That Romney Promised To Sign Congressman Ryan just attacked President Obama for “cutting” $716 billion from Medicare, which independent fact checkers have confirmed repeatedly is just not true. And Ryan should know – while assuming the complete repeal of Obamacare in his own budget, there was one thing he did leave in – the very same savings from rooting out waste, fraud, and excessive insurance company subsidies he’s now attacking.

      Romney is no “car guy”

      ·         FACT CHECK: Mitt Romney’s No “Car Guy” Mitt Romney’s no “car guy” – when the American auto industry and the million jobs it supports were on the brink, he would have just “let Detroit go bankrupt.” And he didn’t just write it in an op-ed, he repeated it personally many times. President Obama bet on the American worker, saving over a million jobs and helping make all three Detroit automakers profitable for the first time in seven years.

      http://www.barackobama.com/pre

    • Statement from Campaign Manager Jim Messina on Tonight’s Debate

      CHICAGO — Obama for America released the following statement from Campaign Manager Jim Messina in reaction to tonight’s debate:

      “Vice President Biden won tonight’s debate. In a clash between facts and conviction on one side and glib lines and empty promises on the other, tonight’s debate exposed the extreme risk that Romney-Ryan economics pose for the American middle-class and to our leadership in the world. This debate showed that facts and details matter – and it’s clear tonight that with their total disregard for both, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan know they can’t defend their indefensible plans.

      “Ryan couldn’t explain how the Romney-Ryan tax plan wouldn’t hurt the middle-class, how their double-down on trickle-down would create a single job now, how their Iran policy would differ from the President’s, or what their plan is for our troops in Afghanistan – and when he was asked to ensure women that their right to choose would be protected, he refused to answer because they won’t protect it. With facts, convictions and straightforward answers, Vice President Biden illustrated how he’s spent a lifetime fighting for the middle-class and how he and President Obama will continue doing so in a second term.”