Did The Vice Presidential Debate Sway Any Voters?
While there were mixed reviews over who really won the Vice Presidential square-off between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan (though Biden's feistiness certainly commanded the debate), it may not have mattered that much anyhow.
According to CNBC News, vice presidential debates historically have rarely pushed voters one way or another, with Gallup finding that none of the eight debates from 1976 to 2008 seemed to have done much to change voting decisions.
CBS likewise said the vice presidential debate will have little effect on election day but it will have an impact, nevertheless:
A vice presidential debate is not going to change the fundamentals of the presidential race. Early indications are that there was less attention to Thursday's debate than there was last week, and most voters make their choice based on who is at the top of the ticket. But it will help change the narrative, and, just maybe, help Democrats close the enthusiasm gap somewhat in crucial swing states like Colorado and Wisconsin. And after a very rough week for the party, that's got to be considered a victory.
In swing state Ohio, where no Republican presidential candidate has won without winning the state, Obama may be taking back his lead. As of Thursday, Ohio polls showed he was ahead with 51 percent.
While Ohio was the key state in the 2008 election, the clincher in 2000 was Florida, where Romney currently has the lead according to CNN.
Though Vice Presidential debates may not have mattered in the past, it was also the country's first opportunity to see Paul Ryan defend himself under pressure as well as a chance for Biden to help his ticket recover from Obama's failed performance last week. And Biden's smirking condescension indeed had Democrats smiling on Friday morning.
"[But] the happiest people in the country after this debate are going to be the writers at 'Saturday Night Live,'" said David Steinberg, a debate coach and communications professor at the University of Miami to Reuters.
Reuters reported that the Republican National Committee "quickly released an online compilation of Biden's smirks called 'Laughing at the Issues.'"
And Ryan's inability to challenge the interrupations may have been what cost him most, said Kathryn Olson to Reuters, a communications professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
"I think it was a dominance move, and [Biden] got away with it," Olson said.
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While the Obama Campaign said they did not expect Biden's performance to make up for Obama's poor debate performance last week, Biden's feistiness could have been a good lesson for what the President needs to bring to the remaining debates on October 16 and 22.
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