Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate?
Roy Schwartzman, professor of communication studies at UNC Greensboro:
"There's this amazing pattern that the person that people think wins happens to be the candidate that they support. Most people approach debates with a heavy confirmation bias; that is, the way that these debates really tend to be processed is for people who are relatively decided, even moderately committed. It winds up being a case where they can reinforce the decision they believe they're going to make. ... The debates themselves are less about the issues than the issues that might activate people's value systems. What they're really arguing for is a certain set of values. ... For Biden, what he did is he got the discussion back on track for Democrats to the fundamental value of fairness, and the idea here is that by the beginning of the third question
Sam Stovall, chief equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ:
"Going into it, I think everyone assumed Biden would not do a good showing, and that Ryan would, and I would tend to say that Biden did a better job than I would have expected, and Ryan was equal to or slightly less than what I expected. The one thing that I felt Biden did that Ryan did not was be forceful. You always heard Joe Biden's snide comments; you rarely heard Paul Ryan's comeback statements. ... If
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