Right from the start of the first and only vice presidential debate on Thursday night, Joe Biden was on the attack. He dismissed Paul Ryan's criticisms as "malarkey," suggesting that the Wisconsin congressman was full "of stuff." Ryan criticized the Obama administration for failing to protect the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and for allegedly failing to slow Iran's drive to produce nuclear weapons. But Biden was having none of it, laughing incredulously at Ryan's responses and defending the administration's record. Biden also tore into Ryan on the economy — referencing Mitt Romney's infamous "47 percent" line, something President Obama failed to do in his debate last week — and constantly questioning Ryan's command of the facts. Biden charged that the Republican tax plan was "not mathematically possible." Ryan fought back: "It is mathematically possible. Jack Kennedy lowered taxes and raised revenue." An incredulous Biden retorted: "Oh, now you're Jack Kennedy?"
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