October 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM
“Stop talking about something. Show me something.” Vice President Joe Biden not only captured the debate strategy of Congressman Paul Ryan, but also summed up the entirety of the GOP’s campaign strategy.
Where Joe Biden explicitly stated where he wants to move forward with this country and how they plan to do it, Paul Ryan repeated rehearsed talking points and continued with the GOP’s ambiguous rhetoric. Last night, Joe Biden looked, spoke and acted like a Vice President. Paul Ryan did not.
Joe Biden was articulate, aggressive, and confident. He positioned all of the success that he and the president have accomplished over these past four years front and center on a national stage. The record this ticket has to run on speaks for itself.
The way Joe Biden presented it widened the gap between the two tickets. Perhaps even more impressive, Biden not only defended this record against the jabs of Paul Ryan, he pointed out the outright misleading rhetoric of the Congressman.
Just as I predicted in my earlier post, if the Congressman was pressed on any part of his budgetary plan, he would crumble. Perhaps channeling Chris Wallace, Martha Raddatz pushed Ryan on his tax plan, asking if it even was at all possible or if he had any specifics yet.
What was the Congressman’s answer? Well, we still don’t know. Paul Ryan again did not have one. The real answer? A resounding no.
Paul Ryan had many criticisms, especially of the stimulus. Perhaps the most telling moment of the debate, however, was the fact that Ryan petitioned the Vice President to receive funds from this stimulus. How can Paul Ryan sit there and sharply criticize the bill that helped his own state, at his request? The level of ignorance was astounding.
Biden slashed through the inaccurate claims of Paul Ryan and finally illuminated the vast gaps and blind spots that are rampant throughout the GOP’s platform. From healthcare to Syria to budgetary policy, President Obama and Vice President Biden have a set plan that points us towards success.
Where does the Romney/Ryan plan take us? Well, much like his tax plan, they’re not entirely sure.
The fact of the matter is the Obama/Biden ticket knows what is needed to continue the prosperity of the past four years into the future. Romney/Ryan just seem to know what is needed to get elected—and even that knowledge is extremely limited.
By Drew McGehrin, president for the Penn State College Democratics