Update, 10:50 p.m.: Vice President Joe Biden's use of "malarkey" or his famous smirk (@BidenSmirk) may have taken some of the attention during Thursday night's vice presidential debate, but many called the showdown between Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan a substantive exchange on policy.
Several news outlets called Biden's performance "dominant" in what was a highly anticipated face-off between two experienced Washington politicians out to defend their running mates' policies.
Some of the credit for the effective give and take went to moderator Martha Raddatz, an ABC News correspondent who asked tough questions and attempted to stick to time limits. Raddatz asked the candidates about their stances on the economy, unemployment, healthcare and even their personal views on abortion.
Patch's Cover It Live feed (above) was full of commentary from Maryland politicians and debate watchers. You can review the commentary by clicking the "play" button above.
Did Biden's performance Thursday night help President Obama's campaign? Obama praised his running mate immediately following the nationally televised encounter.
Did Ryan answer the questions about Romney's plan for America adequately?
Tell us in the comments.
Original Post, 10 a.m.: Election watchers are anxiously awaiting a showdown between two political attack dogs tonight in the only vice presidential debate of the 2012 campaign.
That's been one of the traditional roles of the vice presidential candidates in a campaign, and this year is seen as no different. With the lower volume face-off in 2008 between Biden and Sarah Palin, it's been awhile.
Pundits are calling tonight's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan a potential pivotal moment in what has become a tight race between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney--maybe not a game changer, but a momentum-booster as America enters the last weeks before the Nov. 6 election.
The public has seen Biden in such a venue and he brings decades of national political leadership to the podium. Ryan has never performed in just such a scenario but is known for his congressional expertise on the issues, particularly Medicare.
A Pew poll released Wednesday showed that 40 percent of registered voters said they thought Ryan would prevail and 34 percent said Biden would come out ahead.
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