A marketing strategist reports that voters feel Paul Ryan barely
beat out Joe Biden in the one and only vice presidential
Genevieve Wood, vice president of marketing at The Heritage
Foundation, was in Kentucky at the time of the debate and says
the candidates proved that they are very different.
Vice President Joe Biden and
Rep. Paul Ryan took to the stage in Danville, Kentucky, disagreeing
on just about every issue. And according to CNN's post-debate poll of registered voters,
Ryan won the debate by four points.
"I think Joe Biden tried to make up for the lack of facts, for
the lack of success over the last four years with a few smirks and
with a few jumping in on Paul Ryan," Wood offers. "I would've liked
to have seen Paul be a little bit more aggressive, but I think he
did a good job, and I think at the end of the day, most people
watching this debate will say This guy knows what he was
talking about -- and that's what really counts."
The two mostly tangled on foreign and domestic policy issues,
but the debate ended with the candidates discussing how their
religious beliefs influence their position on abortion. While both
referenced their Catholic faith, Wood points out that Ryan made a
strong case against abortion.
"These two candidates, when it comes to the presidency, and
then, of course, the vice presidency, are very different on the
issue of life," she asserts.
On October 16, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee
Mitt Romney will have their second presidential debate in the form
of a town meeting at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, where
citizens will question the candidates on foreign and domestic
Presidential election pundit Dr. Charles Dunn of Regent
University says it is historically significant that Romney won both
the first debate and the first poll after that -- because that
candidate usually wins the White House (see
The debate's 'pro-life' question
Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, says
Congressman Ryan stood strong in the vice presidential debate - and
that Vice President Joe Biden displayed hypocrisy.
Near the end of the debate, moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC News
asked the two men to explain their stance on abortion in light of
their Catholic faith.
Ryan clearly explained why he is pro-life, saying he believes
life begins at conception and that his "faith informs me about how
to take care of the vulnerable, of how to make sure that people
have a chance in life." He added: "... The policy of a Romney
administration will be to oppose abortions with the exceptions for
rape, incest, and life of the mother."
Tobias points out that while Biden also said he believes life
begins at conception, he stated he would not let that conviction
interfere with a woman's supposed "right" to kill her unborn
"But he would probably tell someone they can't kill their
two-month-old child after birth," she supposes. "So he's being very
hypocritical [by essentially saying] Yes, I believe it's a
life; but no, if you want to kill it, I'm not going to stop
Tobias also tells OneNewsNow that Biden incorrectly stated that
under ObamaCare, religious institutions and hospitals would not
have to be a vehicle for free contraception, abortifacients, and
sterilization -- services that such groups object to.
"And actually the Catholic bishops came out correcting him,
[saying] that yes, they would be a vehicle," she explains. "And I
think Paul Ryan asked a good question [when he responded to Biden's
statement]: If there's not a problem, why are they suing
In fact, well over 30 lawsuits have been filed by faith-based
schools, organizations, and businesses, contending the mandate
violates their religious freedom.