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October 12th, 2012
06:18 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Friday, Oct. 12th, 2012

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We've opened a live blog for "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" this morning. Soledad is live from Danville, KY with a full recap of last night's first and only vice presidential debate of the 2012 election season. Soledad and our Starting Point producers will be moderating.

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  1. Don Ndala

    Republican surrogate John Sununu represents exactly why the Republicans are viewed as evil, greedy, racist and sexist. And they are generally liars. Furthermore, he and Romney's racist attacks against President Obama are representative of how they feel about black people. It is clear with such disrespect that they absolutely hate that a black man is running the world and leveling the racist playing field. They hate his success, intelligence and superb goals, while along the way correcting the Republicans' years of destroying the economy and then trying to blame the very successful Obama with their road-blocking and racist tacticts. How diabolical can they be as they commit political fraud?

    October 17, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Don Ndala

    Republican surrogate John Sununu represents exactly why the Republicans are viewed as evil, greedy, racist and sexist. And they are generally liars. Furthermore, he and Romney's racist attacks against President Obama are representative of how they feel about black people. It is clear with such disrespect that they absolutely hate that a black man is running the world and leveling the racist playing field. They hate his success, intelligence and superb goals, while along the way correcting the Republicans' years of destroying the economy and then trying to blame the very successful Obama for their road-blocking and racist tacticts. How diabolical can they be as they commit political fraud?

    October 17, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Albert Lopez

    ..Joe biden won this debate hand down...You can see that also by the way the repubs are going Nuts
    ..The Pres. lost his bebate..& we let him Know, But we believe the Joe B. save the Day...Thanks Joe Biden We needed This win ..like a wino needs a Bottle of Vino !

    October 14, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. BJ

    Biden won the debate hand down. It was experience and knowledge vs robot cop and geek!

    October 12, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Drake

    The problem I have is that the news people are interpreting this like news people watching out for 'good tv' instead of like regular people. I am an independent, and I watched the debate with 2 democrats last night. All three of us are female. Both of them had never heard either man debate, and one of them had never watched a debate at all. In fact, one of them started off by saying she thought that Ryan gave her the creeps in how he looks, something about his eyes. 30 minutes in that same person (again, a lifelong voting democrat) had to leave the room because she was so offended by how disrespectful Biden was being toward Ryan and how embarrassed she was that he was from her party. The other female democrat watched the entire time, but sat there fuming along with me, since we all three we so put off by Bidens persona. However, a few calls after the debate and it seems like a gender gap is definitely in play. Maybe its because women are typically much more considerate of manners, respectfulness, waiting your turn, not laughing at things people have to say, etc... So far, every female I've chatted up (regardless of party) hated the way Biden acted because it was brutish and disrespectful and made it difficult to hear what was being said by Paul Ryan. Especially since they were talking about things she wasn't all that familiar with and had to struggle to keep up anyway (and admittedly, even from someone who does keep up from the news, I do think they both spoke at a somewhat higher than average level on several issues). About half the men I've talked to so far think he was great and strong, while the other half think he went too far and that it became an obvious 'tactic' to just laugh at everything Ryan said regardless of what he said.

    Anyway, my point is just that you reporters keep talking like reporters, saying stuff like 'Oh, Biden was just having a good time and laughing' and it was 'great tv' like some sort of wrestling cagematch took place. Take a step back and realize that while you may think it was a great show, regular people don't think that laughing at people (because he certainly was laughing AT him, not with him) and interrupting nearly constantly are good qualities. In fact most of moms work really hard to teach our kids that you don't behave like that at all – much less in public, and that they are definitely not qualities you should respect in others.

    October 12, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Michelle J

    Biden decisively dominated Ryan all evening as I listened via radio. Points off for smiling? You mean Points FOR making Ryan look like a freshman!

    October 12, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Tammy Britton

    What I cant understand is that you all keep rewarding people for telling lies. Biden clearly won last night. Were you not watching what we were watchng. We are looking listening reading plus doing our research. Its funny how when the President was looking Presidential last week he lost but when Romney stood up and lied to 75 millions of people he won. Its not about who won or lost but who is telling the truth. Wake up and look and see that ryan is clearly not ready for the oval office.

    October 12, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. SK

    I'm listening to Erick Erickson right now and I can't help thinking that he has lost his mind calling Martha Raddtuz horrible and calling the VP a "biblical donkey!" Biden won hands down and I'm amazed at the hypocrisy from the GOP. When Romney was interrupting Obama, it was proactiveness and when the VP does it, it's rude?!!
    Is anyone even looking at the fact that Biden had all the answers and Ryan, none? Ryan was like a Robot and I agree with Socarides that I would be very scared if he was the President. He is shallow and has no knowledge of facts. Look how he did a complete 180 on Ayn Rand. I doubt if he even read "the Atlas Shrugged."

    October 12, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Mike

    I can not believe that we are looking to elect Romney/Ryan this team have more evading tactics then the Taliban. I found Ryan's answer to the final questions appalling. Rather than talk about the heroes he chose a diversion again

    October 12, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Michele Gesell

    Not related to the debate but I was very disturbed to hear about the young girl being shot by the Taliban. I was also dismayed to hear the Taliban claim" next time we will make sure she is dead. Surely there is some type of safe harbor we could provide her ?

    October 12, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Michele Gesell

    The caption question....." Do you want to go have a stiff drink when this is over?"

    October 12, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Teemer Cyr

    CNN last night poll result over the Biden / Ryan debate was one big Holloween trick . The moment the debate was over, Wolf Blitzer announce that the debate was a " draw " before the result of their so- called poll was in ! Concerning CNN news anchors, lying to the public(Romney / Ryan ) is less offensive to the public than Obama not talking enough and Biden not being polite ! CNN is starting loo like Fox News and it's sad !

    October 12, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Shapearl

    Biden won hands down! Facial expression was a sign of Biden not accepting the lies of Ryan, plus would you have preferred a F bomb or a smirk? With Biden you get one or the other! I loved it!

    October 12, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Dave LaVigne

    I thought Biden was the clear winner, not on style but more importantly, on substance. The cagey old veteran stuck it to the newbie. As the debate wore on, it was clear Ryan couldn't give clear or precise answers on a variety of topics like the ending of the Afghan war and their tax plan. Ryan didn't do poorly but he didn't continue the momentum that the GOP gained from last week's debate.

    October 12, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Diane Roberts

    I found it interesting to listen to some of the CNN moderators drone on about the Vice President's passion in defending the administration against the continual mistruths that the Ryan/Romney team tell. When Romney was defensive, argumentative and arrogant, they called it leadership. When Vice President Biden was passionate and would not let Ryan tell mistruths he becomes argumentative. I think that Mary Madelaine even referred to him by a name that I won't post here because it is foul and not worth repeating. Ryan was schooled by the facts – most of which pointed to his support for inflated budgets, tax breaks for the wealthy and war mongering. Maybe he should just focus on weights and leave the heavy intellectual lifting to those who have th ability to do so.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Teemer Cyr

      So true Diane . Since the Obama / Romney debate last week , all the good critics are in favor of the Republican Party which almost is having me to believe that CNN has join the rank of Fox News in their fight against the Democratic Party !

      October 12, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • pam

      What they should have said after the presidential debate was they couldn't believe how much Romney lied which threw the president off his game, Joe is a passionate person and can't hold it in when people are out and out lying, Romney looked liked he had taken some type of drug his eyes were glazed he was agitated, who in the world could view that as presidential, I view it as dangerous and bordering on psychotic

      October 12, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ruth

        All CNN has on these days is Romneyland information – it doesn't matter if all in Romneyland lie- CNN just keeps backing them. I believe CNN has become Fox News partner in trying to defeat President Obama and the Democratic Party. I think that it is appalling. Mitt Romney is a crazed man in his quest to become President – something his father didn't do. His father was a govenor; Romney was a govenor; his father ran for president but didn't make it. Romney will do anything and say anything to achieve something his father wasn't able to. It's EGO and only EGO.

        October 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |

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