October 12, 2012


Biden Shows Obama a Different Debating Style

Jonathan Chait: "The contrast with Obama lies not merely in their very -- very, very -- different energy levels. Obama approaches debates with the same intellectual method he uses in his books, his speeches, and his policy discussions. He instinctively tries to find common ground first, trying to work within the framework his opponent has established and acknowledge what he agrees with before delineating his disagreements."

"Biden does not bother. He simply casts aside his opponent's frame and works within his own. He did not ignore Ryan's arguments, but he barreled over them like an enraged truck driver plowing over orange cones, before moving on to his own intellectual turf. Sometimes he barreled so fast his points were wrong or incomprehensible... But it was a highly effective way to handle the smarmy evasions that Ryan predictably served up."

Associated Press: Love him or hate him, it was all Joe.










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