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A good sendup on vice presidential debate

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Greg Peck
Monday, October 15, 2012

I was on vacation last week but took time to watch the debate between Janesville’s Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden.

Visiting relatives since then, I tried to avoid getting into a debate over who won. I’m usually smart enough to remain fairly quiet while those around me argue about politics.

I did, however, point out that I thought Biden was rude. I heard a radio news report that suggested Biden interrupted Ryan 82 times. “That’s just Biden being Biden,” a relative suggested.

Perhaps, and no doubt Biden was trying to make up for President Obama’s passive first debate with Republican challenger Mitt Romney. You also can reasonably argue that Biden was the better debater in his matchup with Ryan. A CBS poll of undecided voters taken right after the debate favored Biden. But don't we want our leaders to act with a little more dignity as befitting the office than like a schoolyard bully?

Regardless of who you thought won, I thought last weekend's "Saturday Night Live" parody of the VP debate was hilarious. If you missed it, click on the above link to see that segment of the show.

How do you score the debates so far? One for the Republicans and one for the Democrats? Next up is a presidential debate from 8 to 9:30 p.m. our time Tuesday. Obama spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki says we “should expect to see a much more energized President Obama.” The format, however, will be different—a town meeting format on foreign and domestic policy with questions coming from the audience at New York’s Hofstra University.

What do you hope to see Tuesday out of Obama and Romney?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

Last updated: 10:05 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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