The Observer asked three undecided voters to weigh in on Thursday nights vice presidential debate. A sampling of their reactions:
Nella Stevens of Charlotte
• Age: 52.
• Status: Registered Republican. Voted for McCain in 2008.
• Whether debate helped her decide whom to vote for: Im not totally decided, but the vice presidential debate has swayed me toward Romney/Ryan.
• Comment that most affected her: Bidens passion that we are absolutely leaving the Middle East in 2014. I think thats a very wrong decision.
• Most important issue to her, and which if either candidate best addressed it: Healthcare for those in my age group. I did understand more about it after researching after the first presidential debate, so Ryans comments made more sense. Im still a little wary that the numbers will all add up.
• How she graded the candidates: C for Biden if for no other reason than rudeness and aggression; B+ for Ryan for poise, articulate answers, calmness and overall good sportsmanship.
Greg Isaacs of Charlotte
• Age: 28.
• Status: Unaffiliated. Voted for Democrat Barack Obama in 2008.
• Whether debate helped him decide whom to vote for: No
• Moment or comment that most affected him: Its disappointing that they essentially agree on foreign intervention throughout the Middle East, and only differ on a small degree. Blowback is very well-documented by our government, and these are the things that create it.
• Most important issue to him, and which if either candidate best addressed it: Monetary policy. Neither addressed it. Current monetary policy is what enables the deficit spending from both groups.
• How he graded the candidates: C for Biden; C for Ryan. Biden was more confident at first but was trying so hard it was distracting.
Vincent Lehotsky of Loris, S.C.
• Age: 55.
• Status: Democrat. Voted for Green Party candidate in 2008.
• Whether debate helped him decide whom to vote for: No.
• Moment or comment that most affected him: Biden answered that he cannot force his views upon those who do not share his beliefs. However, Ryans answer appeared that he will force his views.
• Most important issue to him, and which if either candidate best addressed it: The tax cuts issue seemed to (be) an important factor to both candidates: one wanting them to expire, the other wanting them to continue. That in itself was a battleground.
• How he graded the candidates: C for Biden; C for Ryan.
Compiled by April Bethea