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Incredibly, instead of reporting news, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace made news hammering Vice President Joe Biden’s excessive smiling and laughing during Thursday night’s debate. Wallace said that in his lifetime he’d seen most of the debates — all but the first four in 1960. He called Biden’s demeanor “unprecedented.” Wallace said that he was shocked by how “openly contemptuous” Biden appeared to act towards Ryan.
“I think I’ve watched almost every presidential and vice presidential debate since the first four Kennedy/Nixon debates in 1960 and, thinking back over the last few minutes, I don’t believe that I’ve ever seen a debate in which one participant was as openly disrespectful of the other as Biden was to Paul Ryan tonight,” said Wallace.
“You could talk about the smirks, the smiles, the head shaking, the mugging – it was openly contemptuous and disrespectful,” Wallace said. He said he was put off by the words as well as the style – calling Ryan’s statements “malarkey” and “stuff” and “loose talk.”
Wallace called it “extraordinary.”
Bret Baier asked if it was appropriate for Biden to smirk during the discussion of the Iranian nuclear issue. Wallace said he was laughing at Ryan and not Iran specifically, and on foreign affairs Ryan did better than most other subjects.
Wallace was surprised that Ryan didn’t make the debate about “big issues” earlier. He said he thought Ryan got too “into the weeds” at times.
Contributor D. Chandler