About last night's debate …

Friday, October 12, 2012
Russ Jones (OneNewsNow.com)

A marketing strategist reports that voters feel Paul Ryan barely beat out Joe Biden in the one and only vice presidential debate.

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.

Wood, Genevieve (Heritage)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 issues.

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 related story).

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 baby.

"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 you."

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 you."

In fact, well over 30 lawsuits have been filed by faith-based schools, organizations, and businesses, contending the mandate violates their religious freedom.

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