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Andy Sullivan: In US vice presidential debate tie goes to the incumbent

Published 12/10/2012 | 14:53

Paul Ryan, left, and Vice President Joe Biden
Paul Ryan, left, and Vice President Joe Biden

THE debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan might not change the minds of many voters. In fact, it could make them less likely to change.

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But Democrats and Republicans found plenty to cheer about on Thursday, and plenty of reasons to believe that the other side is more misguided than ever.

If the two men fought to a draw - as conflicting post-debate polls seem to suggest - that counts as a win for Biden and his boss, Democratic President Barack Obama, who needed to stop the bleeding after his lackluster debate performance last week against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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