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"Substance and specificity"

The reviews are in from last night's debate—here's what people across the political spectrum are saying about Vice President Biden's win.

  • “There was an enormous gap, it seemed, in substance and specificity, the gap between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan when it came to everything from what’s happening in Afghanistan to the Middle East to the defense budget to taxes. On every single one of those, it’s like Biden came ready to brawl. He came ready to brawl with lots of nitty gritty details.” —Jim VandeHei

  • “Over the course of the debate, more of the issues fell in Biden’s corner, he was able to take control of more of the debate.” —George Stephanopoulos

  • “If you were scoring as a debate coach, you’d say, ‘Boy, the guy who controlled that debate was Joe Biden.” —Chuck Todd

  • “I just thought he really kind of hung Ryan out to dry on the no details of the tax plan. I mean, that really was exposed.” —Mark Shields

  • “This also is a reminder that the promise of the Paul Ryan pick was supposed to be that they were going to tell the American people hard truths, this was a sign that they were getting us ready for an adult conversation. Well, we haven’t had one hard truth said to us since and I don’t remember Paul Ryan giving us a hard truth tonight.” —Mike Allen

  • “People said, ‘oh he laughed too much,’ but it is laughable that we would be ... days out from this election and they still haven't told us how they're going to do this wonderful plan that all the details are behind door number three. That stuff is laughable. You can't cut by 20% taxes for millionaires and billionaires, corporations by 30% and not have to pay for it somehow.” —Governor Martin O’Malley

  • “You know, I think [Ryan] had a missed opportunity on his own budget. You know, it’s his own budget, his own numbers. I feel like Biden got the best of him on it.” —Lois Romano

  • “I saw a very long pause from Congressman Ryan when the discussion turned to abortion. I don't think he was probably prepared to discuss that.” —Sam Youngman

  • “Congressman Ryan’s low point happened near the end of the debate … when he was asked about abortion.” —Wolf Blitzer

  • “While Ryan tried to depict the Obama administration as projecting weakness, Biden hit back hard with repeated questions on details of Romney's foreign policy plan, which Ryan was hard put to answer.” —Reuters

  • “I predicted that Paul Ryan would wipe the floor with Joe Biden. That did not so much happen. Ryan did not perform quite as well as I expected—he seemed greener, younger, and he visibly gulped when challenged. But Biden delivered a revelatory performance that proved me utterly wrong.” —Jonathan Chai

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