By Emily Morman for The 12
Vice President Joe Biden may have been laughing during his Oct. 11 debate against GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, but his behavior didn’t put a smile on the faces of some students at Wayne State University.
Both candidates played offense during their first and only square-off, but WSU students said the candidates’ behavior and attitudes were what made the difference to them.
Senior pre-med student Sai Dalavayi said he was “unimpressed” by Biden’s behavior, particularly his reactions to Ryan’s statements.
“Vice President Biden was just flat-out laughing, and the lack of professionalism definitely impacted his performance,” he said. “He didn’t treat it with the same kind of respect that Paul Ryan was giving him.”
Sophomore marketing student Richard Benoist also said he thought Ryan gave a stronger performance during the debate.
“I think that Ryan had the upper hand because he can talk about what Biden and (President Barack) Obama haven’t done, and he can talk about what he will do,” he said. “I support Biden, but most of the time, he just sat there and smiled, and then giggled, but he didn’t really have as much to go off of.”
The vice presidential candidates touched on a number of issues during the debate moderated by ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, including foreign policy, taxes, healthcare and abortion.