SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — At odds early and often, Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan squabbled over the economy, taxes, Medicare and more Thursday night in a contentious, interruption-filled debate. “That is a bunch of malarkey,” the vice president retorted during one of the many exchanges with Ryan.
“I know you’re under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground, but I
think people would be better served if we don’t interrupt each other,”
Ryan scolded his rival at another point, referring to Democratic
pressure on Biden to make up for President Barack Obama’s listless
performance in last week’s debate with Mitt Romney.
A KPIX-TV CBS 5 poll of Californians who watched the debate found
independents were split, while moderates saw Biden as the winner. But
“vote swtichers” by a 3-2 margin liked Romney-Ryan, the poll showed.
Among all California debate watchers, 22% said they changed which
candidate for president they support as a result of the vice
presidential debate. Of those who said they changed their mind:
* 30% switched from the Obama ticket to the Romney ticket.
* 29% switched from undecided to the Romney ticket.
* A total of 59% switched to the Romney ticket.
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