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Speak Out: Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate?

Tell us: Who performed better at Thursday's debate? Did the debate strengthen or hurt either campaign?

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican hopeful U.S. Rep Paul Ryan engaged in their first and only debate Thursday night in Kentucky.

The debate fell a week after the first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, in Denver, and just days before their next meeting Oct. 16  at Hofstra University in New York.

Viewers in Virginia had different opinions about what topics covered tonight would matter most to voters in the Commonwealth.

Other Virginia residents interviewed after the debate said the candidates' differing views on abortion stood out.

Tell us: Who performed better at Thursday's debate? Were there any questions you would have liked asked ? Did the debate strengthen or hurt either campaign? Was there a clear winner?

Carol Lewis October 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Rebecca, I'm really tired of people saying that the SEALS got Osama. Yes, they did the raid and Obama has always given them credit. As Commander in Chief, he also gets the credit. Remember the guy from the Bush administration saying "we got him" about Sadam. Actually the soldiers did. You all just don't want to give Obama credit for anything. That's like saying General Eisenhower didn't defeat the Axis powers because the soldiers did it.
Jade Liu October 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM
It is unfair to make insurance companies pay for preventive health care. I'd rather have the experts at the insurance companies make the decisions on d what procedures they will cover rather than having these things mandated by the government. I'm still relatively young and I don't think I should have to pay for the health care for older, sicker people. There are plenty of public hospitals that provide free care to the really poor.
Cheryl Darby October 14, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I have paid my way all my life, but I do have compassion for babies who come into this world with catastrophic health problems and older people who are sick. I just can't turn my back and pretend they don't exist,
Cheryl Darby October 14, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Rebecca, Romney was elected Governor of Massachusetts as a moderate, pro- choice Republican. Romneycare is the model for Obamacare. It has worked very well in Massachusetts.
Carol Lewis October 14, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Jade someday, if you live long enough, you'll be old and possibly sick too. Who do you want to care for you. Paying for preventive care makes a lot of sense; if you can prevent things like diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, you save a lot of money in the long run. Do you really think that poor people get good free care in public hospitals?
Carol Lewis October 14, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I love Medicare.
Tom Cody October 14, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Not really Cheryl - the cost of premiums is going up and yes the cost of care is going up. One big difference : Romney bill: 70 pages Obama bill: 2,473 pages. Ain't the same. Obama says it for political purposes. It is the same with regard to mandating individuals to have insurance.
Tom Cody October 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Carol poor people better get good care in public hospitals because after Obamacare wreaks its havoc there will be no more private hospitals. We're going public!!!
Jade Liu October 14, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I'm just saying I shouldn't be forced to pay for health care for other people. You can always give to charity like the Romney's do if you are worried about poor people. I think it is the law the hospitals have to treat you in an emergency, if you can pay for it or not.When I get older I'll buy health insurance myself. I know if the gov't stopped taking taxes out of my pay check, I'd spend more thus helping the econonmy.
Carol Lewis October 15, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Jade, when you buy insurance, you are basically putting your money into a pool shared with other insureds, some of whom are old and sick, some of whom are young and sick, some of whom are healthy. Yes, hospitals have to take in anyone who comes to the emergency room but they get treated and released and there is no followup care unless they have insurance. As for being able to buy insurance yourself, that's not a solid given. Many people who are uninsured now had insurance, but lost it due to a catastrophic illness or accident, or lost their job. You never know what is going to happen, so don't think you're exempt from disasters. Your taxes go to the public good, just like mine do (I know I will catch flack for that from Tom and Cathy!) Stay well, Jade. I wish you luck. And by the way I do give to charity but I don't have Romney's millions to give them. We should all be worried about the poor, the sick, and the homeless, and the weakest among us.
Carol Lewis October 15, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Cmon Tom, even Romney said the in the initial planning stages of Obamacare that it was like his model in Mass. And O-care is more pages because it's for a whole country not a state. I think Obamacare will work quite well if the Reps don't win and pick it apart.
Carol Lewis October 15, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Cheryl, dear, you're not stupid and please don't give Rebecca and her ilk an opening like that! Rebecca, that was uncalled for. And by the way, re your post on knowing someone at the Pentagon who said the plan to catch Bin Laden came from the Bush administration, who is this friend, what is his/her position there, and if this is true, why haven't the Republicans made a big deal out of this bit of information? And even if it were true, the catch still happened on Obama's watch. Bush said long ago that he quit looking for Osama.
Barbara Glakas October 15, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Insured members of the public are already paying for uninsured people’s health care, which is one reason our premiums go up. If everyone were to be covered by insurance it will help lower all of our premiums. Moreover, it is unacceptable to think that people do not have health insurance, do not have adequate access to health care, and can lose their homes when a catastrophic health event occurs. The health insurance exchange that will be created under the Affordable Health Care Act is a pool of insurance plans that uninsured people can choose from, where they can ccompare benefits and prices, and choose the plan that's best for them. It will help create competition, which will also help lower costs. In addition, the Affordable Care act will also:  Preventing insurers from discriminating against people if they have pre-existing conditions.  Allowing adults under 26 to stay on their parent’s health care plan.  Preventing insurers from setting lifetime limits on your health benefits.  Allowing families with incomes below the 133% poverty line to get health coverage under Medicaid.  Preventing insurance companies from cancelling people’s health care coverage after they get sick based on a technicality. Continued....
Rebecca October 15, 2012 at 12:34 AM
So well stated - thanks Tom.
Barbara Glakas October 15, 2012 at 12:35 AM
...Continued...  Giving the uninsured options to get health insurance through an employer or by comparison shopping through a state-based health care exchange.  Entitling people to coverage for preventive care without out-of-pocket charges.  Gradually narrow the “doughnut hole” in the Medicare prescription drug gap. So some basic concepts exist here: 1. The more people we can get insured, the less the premiums will cost for all. 2. The more PREVENTIVE health that can be applied, less expensive catastrophic health care costs will need to be paid for. 3. It is a moral imperative that all of us should be covered by some kind of health insurance. 4. We cannot talk about fixing our economy without fixing our Health Care system. About 60% of our economy’s expenditures are spent on Defense, Social Security and Health Care.
Cheryl Darby October 15, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Tom, if I thought a moment Obama is bent on destroying this county, I wouldn't be working so hard for him, i simply cannot vote for someone who believes so little in this country he keeps $250 million in offshore bank accounts to avoid paying taxes, while at the same time has contempt for 47% of Americans.
Rebecca October 15, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Romney is Pro-Life - period. Re-the priest's sexual abuse, there is no excuse for it or for the past cover-ups, but we are not alone in this sin. A Jewish friend of mine said that they had to get rid of their Rabbi, for sexual abuse. For some reason, the Catholics always receive the publicity. Go figure...........
Rebecca October 15, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Our Catholic Church makes it clear that all are welcome too. We even have a special group for families & parents of gay children.
Rebecca October 15, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I find this discourse quite interesting, although it is taking a lot of time to keep up with. Thanks.
Cheryl Darby October 15, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Rebecca, I wouldn't be so quick to say Romney is pro-life, period. When he ran in Massachusetts for Senator and Governor, he said he had always beenpro-choice, that when his mother ran for office, she was pro-choice. Now that he's running as a conservative Republican, he's pro-life, with no exceptions, or with exceptions, depending on which day it is.
Kathy Keith October 15, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Once again, The Affordable Care Act is causing unemployment. So, fewer people will have the money to pay for these new exchanges and more people-and businesses will be taxed under Obama--resulting in more people out of work. Very simple. All of those things that are covered in Obamacare make the price out of reach. And, once more, Cheryl. Romney does not have $250M in offshore accounts. His total worth is about $250M. And, how about the comtempt that Obama expressed fro people who cling to religion?
GetReal October 15, 2012 at 01:12 AM
To clear-up more Teabagger F.U.D. : The whole thrust of Obama’s answer is persuasion. He calls guns-and-religion precincts “the places where we are going to have to do the most work.” He says “our challenge is to get people persuaded” in those neighborhoods. “The important thing,” he concludes, “is that you show up” and make the case, based on tax and health care policy. Romney, unlike Obama, writes off skeptical voters: “They will vote for this president no matter what.” He simplifies and caricatures them: They “believe that they are victims … I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility.” He counsels not empathy but indifference: “My job is not to worry about those people.” And he speaks this way not about a fringe constituency, but about 47 to 49 percent of the country. William Saletan for Slate
Tom Cody October 15, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Carol you really didn't mean to say the bill Is bigger because there are more states. I'll give you two seconds to reconsider. Why not make it 70 pages and mandate it for every state. There is regulation after regulation after regulation that they still don't understand and still do not know the true ramifications. As genius Nancy Pelosi said "you gotta pass it to know what's in it". This a federal bill that applies to all states and did not have to take space for each state. Trust me this will be hell on earth for all of us - us in the medical field see the train coming and there is not much we can do about it. Ultimately it may come down to passive resistance by nurses and doctors. 2014 is the year when medical care will change forever. In 2015 let me know if its for the greater good or for the elitists who want to be our puppet masters .
Barbara Glakas October 15, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Kathy, So many people don’t have health care now BECAUSE it is so expensive. And, so many of the rest of US have our premiums go up BECAUSE there are so many others who are uninsured. For example: 1. We can have a sick, poor, UNinsured person need a preventive blood/lab test but not be able to get it because it cost $500 and they can’t afford it, so then they getter sicker and need more medical care, which they STILL can’t afford to for, so they either sell their house to pay for medical bills or the rest of us pays for their care by extension through elevations in our own insurance premiums to compensate for those who are uninsured. 2. Or, we can have a sick, poor INSURED person need a preventive blood/lab test, and have it covered under insurance, OR they can pay a minor $25 copay under their insurance plan, then they can prevent a minor medical problem from becoming a major costly one (which helps them and helps the rest of us). The Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) has not been fully implemented yet, so not everyone is insured yet. Once everyone is, it should help bring health care costs down. Continued....
Barbara Glakas October 15, 2012 at 10:46 AM
....continued... Having said all that, I must agree that there are still aspects of the AHCA that could be made better – the government should be able to negotiate for drug prices so that it can become a more competitive process and, therefore, cheaper. Also, we should find ways to make the administrative burden less on employers. But that doesn’t mean we should repeal the whole thing. To do that would be to continue to ignore how the basic problem of how much health care is costing our country and how it keeps adding to our deficits.
Cheryl Darby October 15, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Interesting article on lack of specifics in Ryan budget, http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/edsall-the-ryan-sinkhole.
oldtowner October 15, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Jade: I believe the bulk of the Romney's "charity" is to the Mormon church....which does virtually nothing to help the millions of uninsured/underinsured Americans....there is no way "charity" can solve the problems related to poverty in our nation. And if the government "stopped taking taxes out of your paycheck"....we wouldn't really have a government, would we? I hope you realize all the good services government provides that you help pay for.
oldtowner October 15, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Jade, Jade....the "experts" at the insurance companies are only interested in maximizing their profits! For their shareholders. They are not committed to providing the best health care. Can't tell you how many times w/ elderly parents...hospitalized, in nursing homes....we had to fight with the insurance companies for coverage. They just wanted to kick you out of the hospital and go home to be cared for by an 80+ year old spouse. All so they could save money. Doctors know best about what is needed for patients...not insurance companies.
TS October 15, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Excellent description and summary, Paul! I totally agree!
Cheryl Darby October 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Jade, do you have health insurance now?

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