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October 12, 2012

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The roundtable analyzes the vice-presidential debate as Vice President Joe Biden and his republican opponent Rep. Paul Ryan traded sharp words over domestic and foreign policy. Also, with both political parties happy with their candidate’s performance, who came out on top? Joining Gwen:  Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics.

Spirited Biden debate performance allows democrats to exhale

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Democrats, you may exhale. But don't you dare rejoice.

Vice President Joe Biden took some of the heat off his boss in the critical home stretch of the 2012 election, delivering a spirited debate performance that aimed to compensate for President Obama’s lifeless appearance on another stage one week ago.

Vice presidential debate could be a tale of two Ryans

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Republican Congressman Paul Ryan is a changed man. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate made a name for himself as a bold fiscal crusader, willing to make big, unpopular cuts to entitlements to get U.S. finances in order.

Paul Ryan promises GOP ‘won’t duck the tough issues’

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Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin accepted the GOP nomination for vice president on Wednesday with a declaration that President Obama, who was elected four years ago on a promise of hope and change, has failed and his opportunity has been squandered.

Ryan says his plan keeps Obama's health savings

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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan acknowledged on Thursday that his proposed healthcare reforms rely on many of the same spending reductions for which he has criticized President Barack Obama, something that could undercut a central message of the Republican campaign.

Why Paul Ryan is really different

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What makes Paul Ryan's budget so different from those of earlier generations of Republicans -- including Jack Kemp (his mentor) and the last three Republican presidents?

New campaigner Ryan under fire from hecklers and Obama

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Republican Paul Ryan got a taste of the rough side of a presidential campaign on Monday when protesters heckled him and President Barack Obama accused him of blocking emergency aid to drought-hit farmers. The new vice presidential hopeful from Wisconsin - who brings Midwestern credibility to White House hopeful Mitt Romney's campaign - mingled with locals at the Iowa State Fair, a popular spot for politicians keen to show their common touch in a state where Obama and Romney will be in tight competition.

On and Off the Romney Bus, Tryouts for a Spot on the Ticket

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One of the most secretive rituals of the presidential race unfolded in plain sight over the weekend as Mitt Romney stood a few paces behind, watching and smiling, while a procession of prospective running mates delivered their best arguments against President Obama’s re-election.

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Mitt Romney speaks to reporters outside of his campaign bus (CNN)

Romney's VP Pick?

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CNBC's John Harwood reports on who Mitt Romney is likely to choose as his vice presidential running mate.

History's Romance: Why Politics Past Beats Politics Present

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Is it just my imagination, or have politics and politicians grown smaller?

I've been flirting with this conclusion after diving into two enjoyable presidential history books by night while covering 2012 politics by day. The books, Robert Caro's "The Passage of Power" and "The President's Club" by Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs, take us inside the West Wing in a way screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s fictional White House never could.