On who would cut Medicare more:
Reassuring America that the Romney-Ryan plan for Medicare won't affect anyone over 55.
More on Medicare:
9:44p.m.: The highlight of the debate is Biden's face. Ryan's eyebrows a distant second.
9:37p.m.: Ryan shows how the recovery has been slow by referring to the unemployment rate in Scranton, Biden's home town. "Do you know what the unemployment rate is there?" he asks.
"Yeah." Biden says.
"It's 10 percent."
"You know what was when he took office?"
"It was 8.5 percent." And that's what's happening everywhere, Ryan says.
Biden does not agree. "It's going down!" Cue exaggerated exasperation.
9:33p.m.: Ryan gets in a zinger in response to Biden's reference to the "47 percent." Ryan says, "Sometimes, as the vice president well knows, the words don’t always come out of your mouth the right way."
"But I always say what I mean," Biden says.
9:24p.m.: Raddatz is getting rave reviews for leading a substantive debate on foreign policy. We've spent 20 minutes on Libya, Iran, and Israel. But Biden has managed to get his campaign zings in. "These sanctions that Bibi Netanyahu says we should continue? That Romney agrees with -- He changes his mind so often I could be wrong," Biden said.
A few minutes later, he drops the "47 percent" line, saying troops overseas were taking personal responsibility while Romney paid a lower effective tax rate.
9:19p.m.: On whether Obama has neglected Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu:
Biden: "It's a bunch of stuff."
Raddatz: "What is 'stuff'?"
Ryan: "It's Irish."
Biden: "We say 'malarkey.'"
9:05p.m.: The debate begins. Ryan's split-screen strategy is closed-mouth smile and note-taking.
Biden takes some notes, and does a lot of big smiling. (This is when Ryan says the Obama administration agreed with the Romney campaign about the statement the Cairo embassy put out about an anti-Islam video during protests on September 11.
8:56p.m.: The vice-presidential ladies -- Janna Ryan:
(Photos via Associated Press.)
8:54p.m.: Moderator Martha Raddatz asks for cellphones to be silenced, and offers her own horror story: Once her phone went off in a White House briefing, and it played "Ridin' Dirty."
8:46p.m.: Reporters/Twitter scolds are using Twitter to urge reporters not to use Twitter during the debate, to escape the "hive mind." Because obviously the "hive mind" did not exist before Twitter.
While these reporters ponder voluntary Twitter censorship, the poor souls in the debate hall are experiencing real censorship. No tweets allowed from the hall, ABC News reports.
8:33p.m.: Looking for a debate photo, I searched the Associated Press archive for "debate" and since it was sorted by relevance instead of date, this beauty from 1988 popped up:
These cool guys are Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, and Michael Dukakis in Madison Square Garden before the debate started.