Stewart Acuff

Oct 12

VP Debate: Biden Had a Solid, Undeniable Victory on Style and Policy

As I said earlier, I never understood the word callow until I saw Ryan next to Biden. Biden did laugh at Ryan’s lies, inaccuracies, and ignorance.

On substance, there was no comparison. The Obama-Biden Team got us out of Iraq and has a firm date to get us out of Afghanistan. Biden finally stood strong on an issue we have all worked and waited for for years – the peace dividend. With the end of the wars and conversion to a different military, the defense budget can go down and be used for domestic purposes. Biden made it clear that containing Iran makes so much more sense with the support of the rest of the world. And Biden said war should always be the absolute last resort.

On the economy, Biden gave Ryan a lesson. Biden said they saved a million jobs by saving the auto industry – particularly in Ohio and Michigan. Romney said Detroit should go bankrupt.

Biden made the point that Romney and Ryan are holding hostage tax cuts for the middle class to force tax cuts for the super wealthy. THE TRUTH IS THAT WE ARE LIVING THE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE THAT TRICKLE DOWN DOESN’T WORK. The rich are sitting on record amounts of cash and not investing in America and in jobs. The super rich and Romney and Ryan are extorting the country and our workers. More money to people who won’t invest will not generate more money.

Biden said the reason for the debt is the previous Republican Administration.

When Ryan criticized the stimulus, Biden pointed out that Ryan asked for some in his district.

Biden also pointed out that only 4% of green jobs with stimulus support failed.

Biden wiped the floor with Ryan on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. It was clear that Romney and Ryan would privatize and voucherize Social Security, and Medicaid. Biden said they will never privatize or voucherize Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid.

If we work as hard as Biden did, we win.



The Republicans are talking about more war in Iraq and Iran. More war in the Mideast!!!

Biden was tough, knowledgeable, and he is an ADVOCATE for the average American.

One Commentator said this was Joe Biden’s debate. Paul Ryan was there, but this was Biden’s debate. He swarmed Ryan and refused to let Ryan lie.


Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.

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