SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican rival Paul Ryan went head to head in what proved to be a contentious face-off. Political expert Tim Chambless says the Vice Presidential debate was a tie of sorts because both men painted a clear picture of the America they want for the rest of us.
Chambless said Biden's message, "Emphasized a desire for equality. Equal treatment, fairness, due process, equal protection."
He said Ryan's message pushed for, "More individual freedom. Freedom to succeed freedom to fail."
Both candidates hit political land mines of sorts. Biden's was the terrorist attack, which killed the U.S. Ambassador in Libya. "Joe Biden was somewhat on the defensive on that, Paul Ryan was on the offensive because we lost an ambassador and three other outstanding Americans," Chambless said.
Chambless says Ryan hit his political land mine when Moderator Martha Raddatz asked him about abortion. Ryan replied he wants states to legislate this issue, leaving Chambless to infer Ryan would essentially like to overturn Roe v. Wade.
"That expression that position put forth by Paul Ryan last night probably is one that would translate into a loss of votes," Chambless said.
The two men's ideas clashed hard before millions of citizens. They pointed out two clear paths, but Chambless says one serious problem should push Americans to do their homework and vote.
"We should never forget that we are at war, unofficially in an open ended ongoing undeclared war. Call it global terrorism and we are targets," said Chambless.
Chambless says both men came out strong with their words, but Biden edged out Ryan with his style and aggressiveness and in a tight race like this, every little edge counts.