Tonight’s debate is divided between domestic and foreign affairs, unlike the first presidential debate. Also different this round than the Oct. 3 debate: candidates are seated and no notes allowed.
Debate is moderated by ABC’s Martha Raddatz at Centre College in Danville, Ky. She’s been a war correspondent, and kicked off with thoughtful question on foreign affair: was the assassination of a US ambassador and three others in Libya on 9-11-12 a massive intelligence failure?
Biden calls it a tragedy. He pledges to bring those responsible to justice and whatever mistakes were made will not made again. “We will get to the bottom of this.”
Ryan criticitzes Obama adminstration for taking two weeks to acknowlege this was a terrorist attack and not a result of a You Tube video. Biden calls Ryan’s criticism on foreign security: “malarkey,” saying Ryan’s budget plan would have cut embassy security funds.