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US News: Paul Ryan Won by Staying Cool and Composed

by David Winston

This morning a short opinion piece I wrote in answer to the question of who won last night’s vice presidential debate appeared in U.S. News and World Report.

But there is one very real way in which the vice presidential showdown was a win for Ryan. He came into the night the youngest and least-known member of either ticket. Casual observers were introduced to a competent, mature policy wonk with a strong command of the issues and, perhaps most importantly, a demonstrated ability to remain composed despite the disrespectful bluster of his opponent.

I go on to explain that part of voters’ job is to decide whether they trust a candidate to be second in line for the presidency. Against that standard, Ryan passed with flying colors.

Check out the rest of the article (and other takes on the issue as well) at the U.S. News website.

WSJ: Political Veterans: A ‘Real’ and ‘Testy’ Debate

by Lisa Mathias

The WG’s David Winston contributed to the Wall St. Journal “Washington Wire” blog today, giving his take on how last night’s Vice Presidential Debate went.

An excerpt:

The most frustrating moment was when Ryan was trying to outline historical situations where tax cuts led to economic growth and tax revenue, only to be interrupted by both Mr. Biden and moderator Martha Raddatz. This is a central economic argument between the two campaigns and we never got a chance to hear the differences. It was a real disappointment.

To read more, turn to blogs.wsj.com.