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    The Cornfield View of the VP Debate - A Technical Draw


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Moderate Independent k3vsDad says the VP debate was a 'technical draw' with Biden winning on substance and Ryan winning on 'style and demeanor,' he said. As for how much this debate mattered, he said, 'I doubt the VP debate swayed many independents and undecided voters one way or the other. I do believe that Ryan showed he could step in to the Oval Office if need be, however.' Who do you think won? Share your VP debate reaction.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Early  on tonight one wondered if the local firefighters might have to respond  to the auditorium at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky as the show  taking place became a blazing debate of 2 separate visions for the  nation. What had been billed as the "Thrill in the Ville" lived up to  its name as the 2 vice presidential candidates faced-off to challenge  each other with words and fight for the votes of Americans.

    In  one corner was the current office-holder, Vice President Joe Biden,  representing the Democratic Party and the man at the top of the ticket,  President Barack Obama. In the other corner was the challenger, the  nearly 3 decades younger, Congressman Paul Ryan, representing the  Republican Party and its presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. Referee for  the night from ABC News was Martha Raddatz.

    Within  3 minutes of the 1st question posed to Biden, the gloves were off and  the 1st salvo was fired. Biden was unrelenting through most of the next  90 minutes. He came across rude at times with a laugh that began grating  on many listeners nerves before the 1st 10-minute segment had passed.  Ryan on the other hand never seemed to get flustered, but took punch  after punch and kept standing and throwing it back.

    When  all was said and done, both Democrats and Republicans had something to  cheer about. For baseline Democrats the clear winner was Biden. For  diehard Republicans the win went clearly to Ryan. But for the majority  of those watching it came across as a draw. Biden seemed to win many  points on substance, but those wins were negated by style. Ryan, never  interrupting unlike Biden, and talking often directly to the camera and  seemingly unfazed won the style of the night.

    A  group of undecided voters gathered by CNN scored the debate a tie as  well. Of these undecided voters, each candidate received a win from a  3rd, while the remaining 3rd was still undecided. Later the CNN/ORC poll  gave 48% to Ryan and 44% to Biden, which was a statistical tie.

    The  big question remains, however, how did the style, which always takes  precedence over substance, play with the undecideds and independents in  the battleground states?

    Polls will be up and down for the next couple of days. A clear sense will not be known until Monday or Tuesday.

    Both  candidates had a few canned lines that came across very well. For Biden  it was asking Ryan if he thought he was channeling Jack Kennedy. For  Ryan it was quipping that Biden knew very well what it was like to say  things that come out wrong.

    Sitting  in Mark's Den, watching the debate, occasionally looking out at the  withering stalks of corn, to me both men did what they came to Danville  to do.

    Biden  breathed life back into the Democratic base that had the wind knocked  out of it by the abysmal performance of Obama last week against Romney  in the 1st Presidential Debate.

    Ryan  came in and held his ground against a much more experienced opponent  and managed to lay a few blows of his own, keeping the momentum alive.

    The  best thing that both men did tonight was to follow to the tee the  cardinal rule of vice presidential candidates, "Do no harm". Both men  did their respective parties well.

    Referee Raddatz was engaged and kept a tight rope during tonight's slugfest. Hats off to her.

    Now  all eyes turn to next Tuesday night when once again the President and  Romney enter the ring. This time, however, it will be a town hall  setting with questions coming from the undecided voters in attendance.

    Who wil have the wind at his back as the top-of-the-ticket candidates sail into Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York?

    CNN's own Candy Crowley, host of State of the Union, will be the moderator.

    From the Cornfield, as I see it, tonight was a technical draw with both Biden and Ryan doing the job they were sent to do.

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