Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan squared off in their one and only debate in Kentucky, which was aggressive on both sides, reports CNN, RawStory.com and TalkingPointsMemo.com.
Vice President Biden repeatedly brought up the video where Mitt Romney told wealthy donors that 47 percent of Americans were “dependent” on government. Vice President Biden also slammed Rep. Ryan for saying "30% are takers” (earlier this year).
Vice President Biden added: "These people are my mom and dad, my neighbors. They pay more effective tax than Gov. Romney pays. They are elderly people who in fact are living off of Social Security, they are veterans who are, quote, not paying taxes.”
When asked about reproductive rights for women, Rep. Paul Ryan said: “You want to ask why I’m pro-life? It’s not simply because of my Catholic faith. That’s a factor, of course. But it’s also because of reason and science.”
Rep. Ryan also recalled his daughter's ultrasound: "We saw that heartbeat. A little baby was in the shape of bean. And to this day, we have nicknamed our first-born child, Liza, bean. The policy of a Romney administration will be to oppose abortion with the exceptions of incest and life of the mother."
On the question of extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, Vice President Biden said that Romney and Ryan were “holding hostage the middle class tax cut to the super wealthy.”
“This is unconscionable. The last people who need help are the 120,000 [highest income] families for another 500 billion tax cut.”
Rep. Ryan insisted tax cuts worked for President Reagan and President Kennedy, to which Vice President Biden responded: "Oh, now you’re Jack Kennedy?"