JANESVILLE, Wisc (WSAU) Family, friends, and supporters gathered in Janesville last night to watch their hometown candidate Paul Ryan debate Vice President Joe Biden. Ryan’s older brother Tobin said he had a restless night of sleep beforehand – but he said Paul held his own against a skilled political veteran and a fellow Irishman.
Ryan Hughes of the U-W Madison College Republicans said Ryan spelled out what the U-S should do in the Middle East, pointed out the Obama administration’s failures, and stressed the importance of security at home. Meanwhile, at a Janesville union hall, Democrats praised Biden’s willingness to call out Ryan on the budget, Medicare, and other issues.
State Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate said the debate was a chance to keep the Romney-Ryan campaign “honest.”
In a statement Ryan’s Democratic opponent for his congressional seat – Kenosha’s Rob Zerban – said Ryan put on a quote, “embarrassing performance” that “continued his disturbing pattern of dishonesty” about the wars overseas, unemployment, and his Medicare overhaul.
The A-P interviewed voters around the country. And while they had little agreement on who won, they said a vice-presidential debate that’s normally inconsequential really mattered this year because of the closeness of the contest – and what’s at stake. A college student in Georgia liked how Biden went on the attack. An older Republican woman in Pittsburgh said Biden laughed at Ryan and made fun of him all night, and there was no reason for it.