Biden debates well but onus still on Obama
US: Vice President Joe Biden’s assertive debate effort righted the
Democratic ship but the pressure is still on Barack Obama to come back
from his own dismal performance if he wants a second term.
Obama’s re-election hopes have hung in the balance since Mitt Romney
knocked him about for 90 minutes on October 3 in the first presidential
debate, with the incumbent seeming passive and putting up little
Biden stepped up to the plate on Thursday night needing a more robust
performance if he was to slow the momentum of the Republican ticket,
with Romney having seized the lead in several national opinion polls.
“The most obvious takeaway was how much more combative it was,”
Charles Franklin, politics professor and co-founder of Pollster.com,
told AFP. “If the Democrats wanted Biden to be more aggressive, they
certainly got that.
“It’s hard to say if it has changed the momentum of the race in a
dramatic way, but I think it was a vigorous enough performance and it
certainly did not reinforce the passivity that we saw from Obama last
time.” Biden set about Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan with relish,
appearing incredulous at many of his statements and punctuating his
replies with astonished exclamations like “Amazing!” “Incredible!” and
“Malarkey!” He brought up Romney’s “47 percent” remarks, when the
Republican nominee appeared to write off almost half the electorate, but
Ryan dodged the bullet well, reminding the electorate that Biden is
prone to gaffes himself. AFP