VP debate tees up closing issues for Romney, Obama

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US Vice Presidential candidates Paul Ryan and Joe Biden (l-r)

US Vice Presidential candidates Paul Ryan and Joe Biden (l-r) (AP photo)

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) – After a spirited debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican rival Paul Ryan in Kentucky last night, the presidential campaigns are back in rally mode.

Biden played the aggressor the debate exchanged pointed comments with Ryan on the economy, social policy and America’s place in the world.

Ryan says the middle class will wind up paying for Obama administration spending. Biden countered that the only way to pay for Mitt Romney’s economic plan is with middle class tax hikes.

Ann Romney says Ryan showed why her husband picked him for a running mate. Speaking at a rally in Michigan this morning, she says Ryan was level-headed and smart, and displayed his character and integrity during the 90-minute debate.

For his part, President Barack Obama offered a thumb’s up on Biden’s performance, saying: “His passion for making sure that the economy grows for the middle class came through.”

Mitt Romney campaigns in Virginia and later joins Ryan in Ohio. Biden will woo young voters at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.   President Barack Obama spends the day in Washington preparing for the next two debates.  Obama and Romney have two debates left.

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