There was no doubt that Biden did a much better job than President Barack Obama against Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate 2012.
His primary goal was to fire up Democrats after President Obama's lackluster performance last week and he succeeded in doing just that. However, Paul Ryan did not prove to be a soft target for Biden as he was able to effectively counter his democrat contender at multiple places.
Pundits everywhere were quick with their reactions to the debate and everyone had something to say about the showdown. Below are some of the most interesting responses from TV pundits and others to the Vice Presidential debate:
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews immediate post-debate analysis handed the victory to Biden and the Obama administration. Matthews said he thought the debate was a "clear victory" for Biden whereas, Rachel Maddow and the rest of the panel hammered Ryan's answers on foreign policy.
Check out this video in which you can hear Matthews expressing his reaction:
The debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan started harsh and only got brutal as it proceeded along nicely, with Joe Biden attacking Paul Ryan with delight, repeatedly speaking over him, openly snickering and shaking his head at Ryan’s answers, and basically giving the idea of a disbeliever. But, nonetheless, this also garnered a lot of responses from opinion-makers!
On the other hand, hosts and analysts of Fox News, were far less generous for Biden as compared to MSNBC. Sean Hannity, Brit Hume and Greta Van Susteren went after Biden for his conduct, criticizing him for being rude to Paul Ryan and smiling too much.
Sean Hannity, said, "I can't wait to get back to our studio ... and montage Joe Biden and his facial expressions ... I think that will be the big story."
Chris Wallace criticized Biden as well, saying, "I don't believe I have ever seen a debate in which one participant was as openly disrespectful of another as Joe Biden was to Paul Ryan."
Take a look at this video:
Analysts on CNN agreed that the debate was a draw for Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Wolf Blitzer made an assessment immediately after the blazing debate ended, and said that each candidate's "respective supporters were pleased" with their performance.
John King started his assessment with praise for both men, whom he called "happy warriors who love what they do."
He added, "There was not a wipeout in this debate, both sides will leave thinking, 'I did what I came to do.'" Others at CNN agreed with that assessment, but criticized Biden for laughing and interrupting the debate.
Biden’s repeated laughter was also featured on Drudge Report’ front page that showed Biden's toothy grin with the headline "SMILE, SMILE, SMILE,"
Biden was as forceful as Romney was last week, striking in and taking charge, although Ryan put up more of a fight than Obama did but he got too grumpy while his body language sagged as the debate went on.
Paul Ryan's strong points, apparently, didn't come out while Biden smartly turned the tables on him over subsidies and hammered him with Romney’s 47 percent gaffe.
As far as the polls are concerned from various networks brought different results of the Vice Presidential debate. A CNN insta-poll found Ryan winning, 48 to 44 percent.
“This poll does not and cannot reflect the views of all Americans. It only represents the views of people who watched the debate and by definition cannot be an indication of how the entire American public will react to Wednesday's debate in the coming days," cautions CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
In another poll conducted by CBS insta-poll found Biden winning, 50 to 31 percent.