US VP hopefuls in fiery debate

US vice president Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan have gone head-to-head in a fiery debate.

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Biden and Ryan clash over the US economy

Vice-presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan clashed over the US economy and taxes during their debate.

Mr Biden took the opportunity to address Mitt Romney's recent controversial comments that the 47% of Americans who pay no federal income tax should take responsibility for themselves.

Mr Ryan strongly defended Mr Romney's record and said:

"He is a good man, he cares about 100% of American's in this country and with respect to that quote I think the Vice President very well knows that sometimes the right words don't come out of your mouth the right way.

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Reaction to Biden v Ryan debate

US Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan have gone head to head in a debate.

It was a wide-ranging debate covering foreign policy and domestic issues. Topics included Iraq, Iran, unemployment and the economy, and abortion.

Here is some reaction after the debate ended.

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On style, Paul Ryan wins. Biden looked unhinged. On substance, however, it was a draw. Both said what they needed to their base.

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Biden proved the superior debater, raising his voice, directly addressing the audience, but Ryan held his own http://t.co/SD4DV2D1

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Paul Ryan was very solid, but I'd give it to Biden on points. And Radditz makes me proud to be a journalist.

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