Vice presidential debate divides local voters

By From page A1 | October 12, 2012

FAIRFIELD — Local voters were divided on who did better Thursday in a heated debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan.

Steve Laird, Rod Ferroagiaro and Ed Hall, all volunteers with the Solano County Republican Party, said that Biden came off as uncouth and unprofessional, in stark contrast to his opponent.

Ferroagiaro said Biden’s laughing and interruptions made him look like a nasty school child, not the current vice president. Hall said Biden’s conduct was embarrassing.

“Joe Biden was out of order,” Hall said.

Quinton Crawford, a volunteer with the Solano Democratic Committee, felt differently about Biden’s performance. He said Biden exceeded his expectations and offered straightforward answers with facts to back them up, whereas Ryan, he said, ran around his answers.

The candidates addressed both foreign and domestic policy, including hot-button issues such as Medicare, Libya, Afghanistan and abortion.

Joanna Mathis, volunteer with the Solano Democratic Committee, said the war in Afghanistan is a personal and critical issue. Mathis, who said she has family and friends deployed there, said she was assured to hear Biden confirm the administration’s plans to pull troops out.

“I’m 100 percent against more wars,” she said.

Abortion remained a difficult issue to discuss, but Mathis appreciated Biden’s straightforward answer on his pro-choice policy, which he said is a decision between a woman and her doctor.

Ryan confirmed his opposition to abortion with exceptions in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at stake.

Marcela M’Quiddy watched the debate at the Solano Republican headquarters, and although she said she wasn’t entirely satisfied with Ryan’s answers about abortion, she said the issue is being blown up by Democrats to scare female voters. Reversing Roe v. Wade, she said, would never fly.

As the election approaches and voters get to know the candidates better, people like M’Quiddy and Mathis said they are more confident than ever about which administration they want for the next four years.

“Ryan is wrong to put the blame on somebody else,” Mathis said. “We can’t put the blame on Obama. The (recession) has been going on before he became president.”

M’Quiddy said, however, that Obama had his chance. She said she hopes a different administration will send the country in the right direction.

“It’s not about right and left. It’s about right and wrong,” she said.

Reach Heather Ah San at 427-6977 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HeatherMalia.

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Heather Ah San covers Rio Vista, features and general news for the Daily Republic. She received her bachelors of art degree from the University of Oregon.

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  • S KOctober 12, 2012 - 8:07 am

    Man am I glad that I re-registered, NON-DECLARED (Non-partisan). Every time I read an article like it, it so obviously divides up along party lines, every FREAKING time>>LOL. I already collected one Lunch bet from an old friend, who bet me that Biden would be replaced by the time the Demo Convention happened. That bet was like money in the bank. Now I may get another lunch after Nov 6, but that could be a close one, too close for comfort, this time around. But either way, one of us will get a lunch that week or the very next one. Heck, I'm still waiting to collect on a pizza bet from four years ago :-)

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  • G-ManOctober 12, 2012 - 8:18 am

    Seems like Pizza Pie in the sky on that one...sorry SK...I touched abusive comment..I retract that DR..

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  • S KOctober 12, 2012 - 8:29 am

    No problem :-). I'm abused all the time, being MARRIED for over 40 yrs.>>>LOL LOL :-). Strange, even though I checked the notify/email thing not getting any. Must be a FireFox, using Linux thing. So will COPY this and move over to Chrome to Paste and post it.

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  • Biden Is Not Genteel or Urbane -Hes ArrogantOctober 12, 2012 - 10:24 am

    Biden came off like an arrogant Cheshire cat on steroids--he continually interrupted, made faces and continually pointed his finger, yelling loudly and angrily to get his point across. He's like a thug. This debate was like a yelling fight between Bendict Arnold and Horatio Gates at the battle of Saratoga...civilized people felt uncomfortable and young mothers rushed to shield their children's ears from ''the yelling angry crazy man Biden''.

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