RACINE COUNTY — Whether watching on TV or attending in person, Racine’s political faithful followed last night’s debate closely as the district’s U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan took the national stage.

Democrats commandeered several tables and a flat-screen TV at the local San Francisco Grill, 6300 Washington Ave., to cheer on Vice President Joe Biden while sipping drinks and snacking on french fries. Even early in the night, clapping and cheers of “Go Joe!” punctuated a debate that touched on foreign policy, national economics and more.

Meanwhile, four local Republicans took their third-row seats at the debate itself, following a more than seven-hour road-trip from Wisconsin to Kentucky to support their congressman and favored vice presidential pick.

“It was surreal,” said local GOP and TEA Party organizer Nancy Milholland.

Like her fellow road-tripping Republicans, Milholland has met Ryan and helped on past campaigns. Seeing him up on the national stage?

“A once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she said.

Back home, Biden’s repeated demand that Ryan “show me a policy” was one of several lines that earned a loud round of spontaneous applause from the 19 Democrats assembled at the San Francisco Grill.

Although most in attendance agreed that President Barack Obama’s performance in last week’s debate was weak, there was resounding agreement that the vice president handily took Thursday’s debate.

“Joe won!” shouted Sharon Cushing, a retired school psychologist, adding, “But we love him.”

Cushing said she and her husband were most interested in Biden’s economic policy, because they’re worried “what’s going to become of our children,” educated, middle-class people who Cushing fears would be hurt by the policies proposed by Ryan and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

From Danville, Milholland disagreed. To her, Ryan was the clear winner.

“He was fresh and he directly articulated his and Mitt Romney’s true vision for the country,” she said.

Sitting in the audience, Milholland said she got to see everything, and the vice president’s laughter during a few Ryan responses was a turn-off.

“There’s just a stark, stark difference,” she said.

As Milholland and her fellow Republicans head back to Wisconsin, local Democrats are looking ahead to next week’s second presidential debate, hoping Obama will mirror the success they saw in Biden.

“We just hope he does better,” Cushing said. “He certainly has it in him.”

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greatgadbsy
greatgadbsy

A few facts to check out about Romney:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-12/the-final-word-on-mitt-romney-s-tax-plan.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECVyuz5iNyQ&feature=related
Debate between Ted Kennedy and Mitt Romney on Abortion and Health Care.
or the full debate:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNiIEKhAF1k&feature=related
Romney says he will be pro-life:
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/10/10/Romney-promises-no-new-taxes-during-Ohio-stop.html
This is very enlightening especially for women voters:
http://www.metroactive.com/features/Mitt-Romney-Mormon-pregnancy-counselor.html
Romney on Health Care:
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/10/11/health-care-called-choice.html
Please note the quote from Romney "We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their.
apartment because they don’t have insurance. ( I’d bet he’s talking about the 47% he believes are moochers to the remaining 53% that he seems to believe are stupid.)

greatgadbsy
greatgadbsy

Ryan needs to be watched....
Every woman needs to watch, hear and look into what Romney/Ryan will do to control "Women's Health Issues".
This is so very serious. Every woman must stand up NOW and say NO to Romney/Ryan.
A good place to start learning what they will do is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pdm9x6HwjI0
and
http://www.metroactive.com/features/Judy-Dushku-Mormon-Womans-Manifesto.html

Joeboy5471

Biden handed Ryan's head to him on a plate. Biden wasn't rude he was being truthful in his responses. Laughing at someone while they are telling a lie is a normal human response. If you want to see rude behavior look to Reince Priebus and John Sunnuneau for the definition of rude. Biden countered everyone of Ryan's lies at the time that he uttered them. This is what debating is all about and if you want to watch real debates tune into the student debates at Harvard U or the British Parliment. Ryan was so taken back that he even started talking about nonsence verses answering the questions directly. Both Biden and Ryan did not answer all the questions posed to them, but Ryan lead the two in avoidance.

racinemike
racinemike

I fully believe that Ryan won this one! Biden was classless with his constant smirking and laughing. He showed no respect for Ryan. Ryan on the other hand was very classy and respectful of Biden. I believe that Biden interupted Ryan 189 times, disgraceful. Biden also, had no plans for the mess he and obama made. If biden and obama say in we will be s socialist country in less than four years.

An American

For those who had their cheeeeez hats on too tight, Ryan won. For those with an education, Biden cleaned up with "The Truth Will Set You Free." Ryan has spent a lifetime dodging the truth, and would't know a fact if it bit him. Maybe if Lying Ryan has served in the Military he wouldn't be so quick to through the veterans under the bus (check out his budger). Thanks Mr. Biden. You and your son have served America -- something Nitwit Romney didn't either -- that is if you consider the deferments he enjoyed while bicyling through France while more than 58,000 American paid with their lives in the Vietnam. WEE WEE, Nitwit Romney.

An American

My comment needs to set the record straight. While Mr. Biden doesn't have a veteran's status, I meant to say that his son does. He anserwed the call to Bush's wars. Where has Romney's 5 sons served?

Cincinnatus Racine

"Outclassed?" It never ceases to amaze me what you lefties consider "class" but then again I saw the way you acted in Madison. That was the most classless debate in American history. I don't think it would have been possible for Joe Biden to be any ruder, or any more disrespectful. He interrupted Paul Ryan 82 times, and laughed like an idiot when Ryan was speaking. What an idiot. He did not help his case among the 80% of the country who are not left wing nut jobs.

Zorro
Zorro

It was a boxing metaphor.

Zorro
Zorro

Paul Ryan didn't acquit himself very well. He was outclassed by Vice President Joe Biden.

An American

if you were in favor of starting another war without paying for it, Ryan won. If you were in favor of dumping Social Security, Ryan won. If you were in favor of fantacy, Ryan won. If you had to face reality, like most Americas must, Joe Biden won. If Lying Ryan had to drink more water, he would have drown.

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