A lot of pundits and viewers agreed that United States Vice President Joe Biden's constant smiling and laughing was off-putting, but a significant amount of people concur that he was the victor in the lone VP debate.
A few hours after the one and only vice presidential debate transpired, the Republican National Committee released an Internet advertisement called “Laughing at the Issues.” It depicts the vice president laughing at many of the problems facing the nation.
Throughout much of the 90-minute debate, Biden continued to laugh, snicker, smile and interrupt Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan. The vice president also shrugged off many of his opponent’s claims.
Analysts, such as Gloria Borger, Brit Hume and David Gregory, said following the debate that Biden came off as condescending and a “rude and a cranky old man.” Furthermore, focus group participants for both CNN and Fox News also believed the vice president was patronizing and inappropriate.
Aside from the vice president’s laughter, numerous publications did some fact-checking on both candidates’ claims.
One of the attacks of the night that caught the Internet by surprise was when Biden said Ryan voted “to put two wars on a credit card...I was there. I voted against him.” However, the vice president voted for both the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq when he was the Delaware Senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
In 2005, Biden also said that it would be a mistake to withdraw from Iraq or set a deadline for a drawdown. "We can call it quits and withdraw from Iraq. I think that would be a gigantic mistake. Or we can set a deadline for pulling out, which I fear will only encourage our enemies to wait us out--equally a mistake."
The Wisconsin Congressman was also found to be incorrect when he attacked President Barack Obama’s administration’s handling of Iran. He quoted analysts by saying Iran now has enough uranium for five nuclear bombs, but most analysts concur that Iran has enough for between one and three bombs, according to Reuters.
Nevertheless, according to a CNN poll, debate watchers are split on who actually won the VP debate. Nearly half (48 percent) thought Ryan was the winner Thursday night, while 44 percent said Biden was the champ.