I’ll huff and I’ll puff till I blow your house in! Like the big bad wolf in the fairy tale The Three Little Pigs, Vice President Joe Biden thought he’d huff all over Representative Paul Ryan in the only vice-presidential debate. But between Biden’s snickers, interruptions, and finger pointing at Ryan, Biden demonstrated why President Obama’s agenda is “not working.”
Maintaining a cool demeanor, filled with smiles throughout, Ryan kicked off the debate by assailing Obama’s handling of the terror attack in Libya. From then on, Ryan put mad Joe on the defensive, hitting him with fact after fact how Obama and his skipper Biden have failed America at home and abroad.
ABC News moderator Martha Raddatz’s first question, “Wasn’t [Libya] a massive intelligence failure?” To which Biden spewed the same talking points White House spokesperson Jay Carney regurgitated in a briefing a day earlier. Even though the day before the debate, State Department officials testified before Congress the attack that killed four diplomats was planned, Biden stood by the administration’s initial claim they thought it was a protest.
Instead of answering the Libya question, Biden drifted into Obama’s “resume” on foreign policy Osama bin Laden is dead, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. When the question turned to Ryan, he launched into a punishing narrative on Obama’s mishandling of the Libya attack. Ryan said the president jumped the gun, badly. Not only did America’s United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice first blame the Benghazi attack on a protest and the YouTube anti-Muslim video, he said, but “it took president two weeks to call this a terrorist attack and he mentioned the YouTube video six times in his UN speech.”
Ryan said Romney and he would “call it for what it is a terror attack.” “First, they blame the YouTube video,” Ryan said of the Obama administration. “Now they’re trying to blame the Romney Ryan ticket for making this an issue,” he added.
In a final indictment of Obama’s record abroad, Ryan pointedly said: “What we are watching on our TV screens is the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy, which is making the world chaotic and us less safe.”
Raddatz then grilled Ryan about the appropriateness of Mitt Romney issuing a statement condemning the administration’s initial response to the Cairo protest, which the US embassy also blamed on the video then “disavowed” the claim.