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Sat Oct 13, 2012, 02:33 AM

Viewers of oft-overlooked VP debate say it matters

Source: Associated Press

Robert Munson has heard the conventional wisdom: Vice presidential debates aren't supposed to matter. But in an election this close, he and millions of others tuned in Thursday to a candidate faceoff that many said may not have changed their vote, but firmed their resolve about just how much is at stake.

Munson, a self-described conservative who drove into the heart of largely liberal Seattle to watch the debate broadcast at a civic hall, came hoping to hear Rep. Paul Ryan champion the values he believes in. But when it began, even hearing stands taken by Vice President Joe Biden that he firmly disagrees with held some value.

"Watching this debate and all the information you glean on this very important election, ... of the two very different approaches of where this country is heading, I think it was very important," said Munson, 69, a retired nonprofit manager and former Army captain.

On a night that offered television viewers two baseball playoff games and an NFL matchup, many voters across the country nonetheless made room Thursday for 90 minutes of pugnacious debate, the only one scheduled between Biden and Ryan. A little more than a week after a presidential debate that lifted the candidacy of Mitt Romney and knocked President Barack Obama's campaign back a step, this debate, which wasn't supposed to matter, took on a heightened importance.


Read more: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019409638_apusdebateamericawatches1stldwritethru.html



I know the corporate media is generally trying to downplay the impact of Biden's trouncing of Ryan, but the fact of the matter is that 50 million people tuned in.

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TomCADem Oct 2012 OP
speedoo Oct 2012 #1
justiceischeap Oct 2012 #3
zonkers Oct 2012 #5
MrsBrady Oct 2012 #7
adigal Oct 2012 #2
tabasco Oct 2012 #4
hughee99 Oct 2012 #6
southerncrone Oct 2012 #8
AllieO Oct 2012 #9
southerncrone Oct 2012 #10

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 02:48 AM

1. 50 million?

Is that the official viewership estimate?

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Response to speedoo (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 07:52 AM

3. I'd read 43 million but 50 is close enough to 43. :) nt

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:47 AM

5. Joe Biden is must-see TV. His last VP debate drew 75 milion viewers.

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 03:14 PM

7. it probably could be more than that

if you include internet viewership, and people who will watching it over time also...
I've heard about all of it by now...but will probably watch it tomorrow when I have time.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 07:10 AM

2. This is great news!

My son was at the Yankees game and couldn't watch it, but he told me that the guys he works with all mocked Ryan. They are blue collar workers, so that is good news.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:18 AM

4. If they had more comedians on, like Dan Quayle

it would get better ratings.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:50 AM

6. Which is weird, because just last week a lot of people were saying

that the presidential debate didn't really matter.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 03:28 PM

8. Of course VP debate matters, a heartbeat away from becoming Prez.

We seldom get to see much of VP candidates unless they were also Presidential candidates. In the case of Ryan, we didn't get that privilege. We need to see him answer questions on a broad range of pertinent topics. Pre-debate, all we've seen of him is media snippets touting his budget work. Not enough information.

He's only one second away from taking over after a tragic event....YIKES!

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Response to southerncrone (Reply #8)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 04:38 PM

9. Yeah - but now we have those great Sarah Palin-esque work-out pics of him!

I mean really, do those insipid pictures of him not reveal an alarmingly low level of critical thinking ability??

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Response to AllieO (Reply #9)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:35 AM

10. Not to mention a narcissistic, yet insecure man-boy

Classic overcompensation.

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