by Mark Curtis, ABC 6 Political Reporter
The Vice–Presidential debate began with the traditional handshakes, but the niceties, did not last for long:
"I want start with Libya," said moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC News.
Paul Ryan went on the attacks, saying the White House failed to protect the U.S. Consulate in Libya, where the Ambassador and three others were murdered:
"What we should not be doing is rejecting calls for more security in our barracks, and in our Marines. We need more Marines in Benghazi when the commander on the ground says we need more forces for security. There were requests for extra security. Those requests were not honored. Look this was the anniversary of 9–11," said Republican Congressman Paul Ryan
"With all due respect. That's a bunch of malarkey? (Martha Raddatz: And why is that?) Not a single thing he said is accurate. First of all (Raddatz: Be specific.) I will be very specific. Number one, this lecture on embassy security. The congressman here cut embassy security in his budget by 300 million dollars, below what we asked for," said Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.
The debate, and dispute, then turned to the economy, with the Vice President saying things are getting better, with overall unemployment dropping to 7.8%. However Paul Ryan noted that unemployment had risen from 8.5% to 10% in Vice President Biden's hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The next debate between President Obama and Governor Romney is Tuesday October 16 at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York.