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Poll: Biden's 'Malarkey', 'Antics' Most-Memorable Moment of VP Debate

The verdict of influential Democrats and Republicans in SC all rests in the eyes of the beholders.

When we asked influential Democrats and Republicans to say the most-memorable moment of last Thursday night's vice presidential debate as part of our Blue Palmetto/ Red Palmetto surveys, the same answer came up on both sides:

Vice President Joe Biden's response to Rep. Paul Ryan's answers was the most-cited by both parties' backers in South Carolina.

But how they characterized Biden's responses depended on who you asked.

For Democrats, 10 of whom answered our latest Blue Palmetto poll question, Biden was "aggressive" in pushing back against Ryan's answers — calling "malarkey" on one of them within the first portion of the debate.

For Republicans, 26 of whom responsed in our latest Red Palmetto survey, Biden's responses were "antics," "inappropriate" and "crap-eating grins" that made him look like a "fool."

Several Republicans also pointed out Ryan's response to the final question, which included a defense of the conservative party's anti-abortion stance, as a top moment of the debate.

One Republican said: "Ryan's strong statement about the intersection of faith and policy — particularly when it comes to the issue of life" was their moment.

The "winner" of the debate, collected by Patch in the hours following the debate, also fell mostly along party lines. Twenty of the Republicans said Ryan won the debate, with five saying it was "neutral" and one saying Biden won by a slim margin.

Nine of the Democrats said Biden won, by a large margin, while one respondent said the debate was "neutral."

It was the only debate for the vice presidential nominees.

The presidential candidates — President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney — will hold the third of their four debates on Tuesday night. The final debate comes next week.

John H October 20, 2012 at 12:24 AM
On the proper use of the term Robert, I’ll have to defer to you. You seem informed on the subject. I think a lot of Catholics agree with you on the relationship between the Church and Government or as you put it “law of the land”. There is a distinction between imposition and opposition. Catholics in general are not in favor of “imposing” their views on others. We look to the Church for moral and spiritual guidance, and then we do as all citizens do, express our views thru our right to freedom of speech and our votes. We also accept the will of the people as the democratic process plays out in our Constitutional Republic. We respect others with other differing opinions.
reg October 20, 2012 at 02:29 AM
off subject, but I'm really impressed at how respectful and thoughtful this thread has continued, especially it being on a subject that's often reduced to angry arguments. TOTH and personal thanks to John H, stanley, Robert and josch -
Robert Kelly October 20, 2012 at 04:23 AM
John, in response to your response to me... I was raised as a Catholic, went to Catholic schools for 12 years, and belonged to my university's Newman Club. I drifted, but I have enormous respect for Catholic theology. On a personal level I cannot imagine my wife or I deciding to have an abortion, but I really believe the laws of the nation cannot be determined by a religious point of view. I believe the lowest level of government control over individuals is the goal. I believe governments are instituted to protect society, not to control it. I think arguing over whether Biden got the semantics right or not is missing the point, and I have no idea what "de fide" categories are. Follow your conscience (and I am sure you do), but let others follow theirs.
John H October 20, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I like the fact that I started out making a side comment regarding de fide doctrine then it developed into a deeper discussion. I learned a lot doing the research and from other posts. Robert, you asked me to follow my conscience and let others follow theirs. I accept that; don’t necessarily have to like it. I also feel compelled thru my conscience to say what I think and vote accordingly when pressed.
JoSCh October 21, 2012 at 03:34 PM
@reg, don't be fooled, mine is a subtle troll. lol

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