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Poll, Pundits Call Pence Winner of VP Debate

He was the calm face of the Trump campaign

(Newser) - Like him or loathe him, choosing apprentices appears to be one thing Donald Trump definitely excels at. Numerous pundits are calling Trump running mate Mike Pence the winner of Tuesday night's vice presidential debate , thanks in part to his calm demeanor in response to an aggressive, interrupting Tim Kaine,... More »

Trump Live-Tweeted VP Debate

'Mike Pence won big,' he proclaims

(Newser) - Donald Trump live-tweeted the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night and he was relatively restrained in his comments, by the standards of Donald Trump's Twitter—possibly because, as the Washington Post notes, he watched the debate with four aides by his side. Before the debate began, Trump announced he was switching... More »

Top Moments of the VP Debate

Highlights of the Mike Pence-Tim Kaine faceoff

(Newser) - Moderator Elaine Quijano did her best to keep the candidates in check at Tuesday's vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., and it was a night of plenty of interruptions, aggressive challenges, and spirited defenses as Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine finally met... More »

Turn Off Your TVs, Pence Already Won the Debate

According to erroneous early RNC post

(Newser) - Just a half-hour into the vice presidential debate out of Virginia's Longwood University, a winner had already been declared: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Not because he was creaming Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, but because the Republican National Committee put up a premature post on the website . "... More »

What to Expect at VP Debate, aka, Clash of 'Low-Key, Middle-Aged Guys'

Mike Pence and Tim Kaine square off Tuesday night in Virginia

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump aren't just two of the most unpopular presidential candidates in history, they're two of the oldest, adding extra importance to Tuesday night's debate between VP candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, which the AP describes as a clash between "two low-key,... More »

What Not to Do While Your Rival's Talking

Listen closely, minimize note-taking, and avoid tics: experts

(Newser) - To prep for debates, candidates have to work on more than just talking: They must perfect their listening, too. With split screens constantly in use, President Obama and Mitt Romney may want to give some serious thought to the AP's list of do's—and especially don'ts:
  • Don'
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Brash Biden, Thirsty Ryan Spar on SNL

Vice presidential debate takes turn on hot seat

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live took aim at a predictable target in its Cold Open last night , again calling upon Jason Sudeikis to do so: In a lively spoof on the vice presidential debate, Sudeikis' Joe Biden bellowed, "Oh, here we go!" and guffawed loudly as Taran Killam's Paul... More »

Who Won? Call It a Draw

Biden, Ryan both win praise

(Newser) - Pundits—and the public, according to a CNN poll —seem split on who won the vice-presidential debate , but most agree that the feisty meeting had more to offer viewers and voters than the first Obama-Romney debate.
  • Viewers "were treated to a free-wheeling and substantial debate over the size
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Debate's Big Buzz: Biden's Smiles, Smirks

Vice president's laugh becomes an instant meme

(Newser) - Joe Biden must think Paul Ryan is hilarious, because he was constantly smiling, smirking, or laughing outright at his opponent during last night's vice-presidential debate. It didn't go unnoticed. Twitter lit up with posts about the smile strategy, Politico reports, and it even spawned two, count them two,... More »

Moderator Raddatz Shows How It's Done

ABC correspondent wins wide praise

(Newser) - As with the Obama-Romney debate, a lot of the post- Biden-Ryan debate talk is focusing on the moderator—but this time they're saying nice things. Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC, "pursued each man with the vigor of a woman more accustomed to needling foreign leaders... More »

Ryan Vs Biden: It Gets Feisty

Vice president is especially aggressive, unlike his boss

(Newser) - Joe Biden and Paul Ryan have wrapped up the sole vice-presidential debate of the campaign, a much more spirited affair than the first Obama-Romney showdown. Unlike that presidential debate, no clear winner is being anointed. Some highlights:
  • Testy early: Ryan goes after Obama's response to the Libya attack in
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Watch for Biden to Come Out Swinging

But controversy over moderator hangs over proceedings

(Newser) - There's a whiff of desperation in the air over tonight's vice presidential debate—and a hint of controversy, too. The desperation, of course, comes from the blue team, which is desperate to halt the momentum Mitt Romney gained in the first debate, and expects Joe Biden to be... More »

As VP Debate Looms, Biden Buckles Down

Vice president preps feverishly after weak Obama performance

(Newser) - After President Obama faltered in his own debate, it falls to his gaffe-happy second-in-command to put things back on track—and Joe Biden isn't taking this one lightly, the New York Times reports. What he's doing to prepare:
  • Biden has holed himself up in a Delaware hotel to
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Now in Crosshairs: Debate Moderators

Social media, confrontational candidates turn up heat

(Newser) - Jim Lehrer has been moderating presidential debates for decades, but lately, it's a lot tougher than it used to be. Candidates have started confronting not just their opponents but the moderators themselves, as Newt Gingrich showed us during the GOP primaries. And the general public can easily hammer chosen... More »

Eyes on Debate: 'Barn Burner' or No Big Deal?

GOP plays up (and down) expectations for Obama vs. Romney

(Newser) - The usual suspects descended on the Sunday talk shows today with their eyes firmly fixated on Wednesday's presidential debate, when President Obama and Mitt Romney go mano a mano for the first time. Chris Christie, appearing on no fewer than three shows, minced no words in building up expectations... More »

Ryan Lies Low to Prep for Biden Debate

Joe Biden is 'one of the most experienced debaters'

(Newser) - It's debate-prep time for Paul Ryan, whose advisers admit he will be up against a seasoned pro when he faces Joe Biden on Oct. 11. Biden "is one of the most experienced debaters in American political life and we definitely don’t take the challenge lightly," an... More »

Test Your Palin Knowledge

'Newsweek' goes deep with Sarah trivia

(Newser) - With Sarah Palin fever at its highest point since the 2008 election, Newsweek dares you to test how much you know about the nation's most polarizing politician:
  • What question did Palin and strategists plan for her to ask Joe Biden before the start of their debate?
  • Mat, Court, Zamboni, and
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Palin's Winks Unlikely to Nudge Undecided

Controversy in the blink of an eye

(Newser) - In Latin America, it's an unmistakable come-on. In much of Asia, it's offensive. In a vice-presidential debate, the meaning of a wink is sparking plenty of controversy, writes Faye Fiore in the Los Angeles Times. Sarah Palin winks more often than any politician experts can remember, and it has "... More »

Biden Speechless? SNL Lampoon Does the Trick

(Newser) - If there’s one thing Joe Biden is famous for, it’s his ability to talk. And talk. And talk some more. But after ABC’s Diane Sawyer showed the Democratic VP nominee a clip of Saturday Night Live lampooning his debate performance, Biden laughed so hard he was rendered... More »

Palin's Right, the Press Does Stink ...

... for labeling her horrible debate performance success

(Newser) - Sarah Palin doesn’t like the mainstream media, and after watching its reaction to her debate performance, neither does Richard Cohen of the Washington Post. Palin ignored questions, lied, and invented new powers for the vice president, but somehow the media wound up praising her anyway. “I could quote... More »

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