Carrie Stambaugh and Ronnie Ellis
As the vice presidential debate took place inside Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts, more than 5,000 people stood in 40-degree temperatures to watch on large screens outside.
The crowd was attentive and engaged, despite the chill and non-stop screams of an anti-abortion protester who scaled a tree before the debate started.
Cheers went up for Democratic Vice President Joe Biden as well as Republican Congressman Paul Ryan at various times during the debate.
The nation’s eyes were on Danville, with heightened expectations after President Barack Obama’s widely criticized performance in a debate against Republican challenger Mitt Romney last week.
The match of the running mates ranged widely in subject matter, covering ground from Afghanistan to abortion. In terms of style, Biden and Ryan performed much differently than their running mates did last week. This time, Biden was on the offensive.
Watching the debate in person was a privilege reserved for a select few. The auditorium on campus seats 1,500, and the Commission on Presidential Debates distributed most tickets to the campaigns.
That left Danville residents like Carol Ross, 39, to watch from outside. Ross said she enjoyed the exchange, even though she’d already made up her mind to vote for Obama and Biden. “I thought it was really engaging,” she said.
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